PolyamProud hopes to spotlight some new design that will win the kind of widespread enthusiasm and buy-in that made the Rainbow Flag the instantly recognized symbol of LGBT pride that it is.
Dozens of new polyamory flags have been offered in recent years, more all the time. The PolyamProud
set out to collect as many as possible, assemble a globally
of poly activists, designers, and vexillologists (flag buffs), have them do a preliminary cut for clarity, distinctiveness, and principles of good design —
and then hold a worldwide popular vote on the finalists in November 2021.
The project lost momentum and the date slipped. Now the project is fully
back on track, has moved far along, and the public vote will open this
Interest is big.
Some 20,000 people have signed up
to be notified when the voting opens in 63 days. Another indication:
After the PolyamProud people announced the project, my own 2020
The Polyamory Flag Is a Grim, Confusing Failure. Let's Do Better
(which they referenced) took off and has since become the third-most-read post on this site. It now gets more reads each week
than when it was fresh (31,100 to date).
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
...We’re in the process of finalising an email subscription service
which will be robust enough to email everyone [a notice] the day voting
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
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.
Co-organizer Kristian tells us, "We and our advisors are incredibly excited about the candidate designs being presented to the
committee. They’re original and thoughtful, and they feel
more representative of 21st century polyamory and non-monogamy than any
designs that have come before."
The covid protocols for these events range from strict to apparently
lax. In July I went to the Center for a New Culture's very poly-friendly
Summer Camp East in the mountains of West Virginia and stayed on for a
while afterward. To attend, you needed to send proof of full vaccination
with boost and also the negative result of a PCR test taken no more than
48 hours before arrival. We were also asked to take extra infection
precautions for the previous week. Then we had a rapid antigen test on
arrival, daily rapid tests for the next two days, then every other day
for the next four days. Tonsils as well as nose.
It worked. Of the 300-plus rapid tests done onsite, the positivity rate
was zero point zero. Nor did any of the 65 of us show symptoms, nor was
a case reported in the week after it was over. When screened this
thoroughly with 100% compliance, a big group event in an isolated
location seems to be safe — even with close contact among most of the
people for many days.
That event was definitely for the careful, otherwise I wouldn't have
● In more news of the movement: The new
Polyamory Foundation has posted a list of its first grants.
The foundation was created to help fund expenses for projects
that advance polyamory education, awareness, and community.
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