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This entry presents polyamory as a stigmatized but viable relationship form and polyamorists as a stigmatized sexual minority. Starting with key terminology and definitions, the entry provides an overview of polyamory. This is followed by a discussion of polyamory as a contemporary, stigmatized relationship orientation and thus queer in relationship to heteronormativity. Finally, the entry discusses specific LGBTQ issues in regard to polyamory.

Language and Terminology

Polyamory means “multiple loves” and refers to having, or desiring to have, emotionally and sometimes sexually intimate relationships with more than one person concurrently. Because monogamy is compulsory and the codified norm in Western societies, polyamorists, like LGBTQ individuals, experience stigma and social sanctions and are socially, politically, culturally, and sometimes economically disadvantaged by their relationship orientation. To the extent polyamory ...

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