Movement for a better polyamory flag enters the home stretch
Grim and confusing?
Here's how we're different:– Nearly 20,000 voters. A year of effort has resulted in nearly 20k polyamorists signed up to vote on our new flag.
– Flag selection committee. A small group of well-known polyamorous people will choose the candidate designs.
– Inclusion focus: Diverse, intersectional non-monogamous identities will have a direct hand in the process.
– 25+ expert consultants. Authors, researchers, therapists, coaches, activists, and more will all contribute to the design.
...Along the way we’ve necessarily had to make some adjustments to the process. This has come about due to a combination of worldwide challenges (the pandemic among them) and the impact it’s had on our team, volunteers, experts, and committee members.
...From the designs we receive, the advisors and then the [selection] committee will choose their preferred options, which will then be tweaked or adjusted with the assistance of the experts and vexillologists we have helping us.
...We’re in the process of finalising an email subscription service which will be robust enough to email everyone [a notice] the day voting opens.
The voting platform itself has been custom-built by PolyamPirates, and will be hosted by them on a separate server. When voting opens, the candidate flag designs will appear in random order to each voter, so none of the options will have visual priority. We at PolyamProud won’t have access to the results until voting is closed. To ensure the integrity of the results every voter gets just one opportunity to vote: this will be tracked by email verification and a bot filter.
We've been building connections with folks who are ready to promote the vote leading up to and during the voting period (1-23 November, 2022). There's going to be a significant surge in promotion from us at that time, so keep an eye out on our social media feeds [ instagram, facebook, twitter ] as well as the website.
Of course nobody can get anybody to use a flag they don't want; there's nothing "official" in this sprawling community of cats. But that's not the point. The point is to see if a lot of people would like to coalesce around one new design and use it. The old one is certainly showing its age. It was created by one person on a whim in 1995, with a deliberate intent to hide its meaning at a time when the poly movement was tiny and closeted.
We didn't want to create another addition to the slush pile of online designs. So, we got in touch with other groups that had done it before us, took lots of notes, and got started.
Turns out, the way to unite the community behind a single design was to unite the community to choose a design that suits it best.
No flag will ever be a perfect fit. But we can work together to choose an emblem that feels and works better for more of us.
We think it's worth a shot.
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Labels: #PolyamoryActivism, #PolyamoryFlag, activism, New Culture, new polyamory flag, polyamory flag
Why hasn't one caught on? Because many of us just aren't interested in having one. Another reason is that none of the proposed ones have been appealing....and still aren't.
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