Vision, Ethics and Values of the UK Polyamory Association
We seek to encourage the acceptance of a range of consensual relationship styles in society, and a future where everyone is free and able to make a conscious choice about their lifestyle. Rather than monogamy as the only, and default, option in our society, we want a future where polyamory and consensual non-monogamy are seen as just one amongst a range of valid options.
We want a future where polyamorous people are free to live their lives free from fear of judgement, harassment or legal challenge. We imagine a future where polyamorous people are not afraid of stigma and discrimination.
Where a committed polyamorous group can share homeownership easily and legally.
Where marriage/civil partnership between more than two people is a choice people can make, free from judgement or harassment.
Where polyamory and consensually non-monogamous people can be open about their lifestyle and not risk losing their jobs.
Where it is normal to be openly dating new people without being condemned or accused of cheating.
Where openly polyamorous families don’t have to be afraid that their children will be taken away due to bigoted assumptions.
Where it is normal for a couple’s third partner to pick up their partner’s children from school without being accused of kidnapping.
In short, we imagine a future where our desire to love no longer provokes hatred and oppression.
ETHICS AND VALUES:
- We aim to support polyamorous people coming from all walks of life. We recognise that polyamory takes many different shapes and forms and we look to cater to them all. Within these we include all forms of consensual non-monogamy (CNM) where relationships are at the heart of people’s interactions.
- We are committed to addressing the needs of polyamorous people and listening to their feedback to shape the organisation. We value input from the community strongly, as we believe that it is fundamental to our mission.
- We are aware the community we serve is incredibly diverse. We will serve our community by putting our ethics into practice. These are centred on consent, inclusive adaptability, equity, valuing diversity, intersectionality, and accessibility.
- We will create partnerships only with organisations whose ethics and values align with ours in order to avoid undue influence on our core beliefs.
- We exist for the benefit of the polyamorous community, and will maintain this core purpose, reflecting the needs of the current community in our ethics and values, our operation and decision – making, and the composition of any staff, trustees, and other positions.