Monday, May 5, 2008

A Great Honor - The Kinsey Institute

My dear friend, Ken Haslam, has done the polyamory world a huge favor by establishing, funding and continuing to grow at the Kinsey Institute a collection of information, both historical and contemporary, on polyamory and the polyamory community's growth and challenges. It has been aptly named the Kenneth R. Haslam Collection on Polyamory. Of late Ken has been going about videotaping interviews with a variety of polyamory community leaders, organizers and activists. These will be invaluable to future researchers and students of alternative relating.

This weekend I sat down with Ken and his video camera and told my own personal poly story, described my activism work and shared my perspective on what the future holds for polyamory. I am honored to become a part of the documented history of the polyamory community, and in Dr. Kinsey's invaluable collection, no less! By the way, if you've never seen the Kinsey movie with Liam Neeson's excellent portrayal of this lightening rod of a man, I highly recommend it. Here's the trailer to whet your appetite:

Many thanks, hugs and kisses to Ken for all his hard work! I include his funny and informative bio here FYI. Ken Haslam, MD, is a retired anesthesiologist who for the past ten years has been living and teaching about responsible, ethical, and consensual multipartnering or Polyamory. He is a founding member and past board member of Unitarian Universalists for Polyamory Awareness, and a past board member of the Institute for 21st Century Relationships and his Unitarian fellowship. He has presented many workshops, sermons, and lectures on Polyamory for the beginner and is both a practicing Poly and a rabid Poly activist. He has made most of the mistakes in the Poly life path and qualifies as a Geezer Poly…

He is single, a bachelor, but not alone having a (as she says) number one hen in the hen house for some ten years and more than one OSO (other significant other). He cheats on his Poly partners by having an ongoing torrid affair with his live aboard boat, plays the flute, is a Unitarian pagan camp-follower, spends too much time at the computer, and loves riding roller coasters. Drinks and smokes a little. His present goal in life is to be the first Unitarian heretic burned at the stake by the Unitarians.

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