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|Hayley Matthews • 5/13/16|
The 411: Going on its 29th year, Loving More Non-Profit is still the go-to organization for polyamory awareness, whether it’s news, events, support, resources, activism, advice — you name it.
When she was 24, Robyn Trask realized monogamy wasn’t for her. After a few failed one-on-one serious relationships, Trask quickly saw that love is more expansive than that.
“I was really pretty much on my own. I thought that something was wrong with me — I couldn’t be monogamous and everybody else could,” she said.
Now as the executive director of Loving More Non-Profit, Trask and her team get to help others in similar situations.
“My biggest goal is to let people know there’s a choice,” she said. “We’re not about converting people to polyamory. We’re about letting people have awareness that polyamorous or swinging or other relationship choices go beyond monogamy.”
Loving More may be a small organization based in Loveland, Colorado, but they serve a very large community.
They have members in all 50 states and 20 different countries, ranging from 18- to 90-year-olds, males, females and people with various sexual orientations.
With that impressive reach, Loving More’s main goal is to educate people and bring more awareness, and they do that by providing authoritative articles written by poly-experienced people or therapists, holding annual conferences and festivals, hosting retreats where people can learn about the lifestyle and more.
“We love what we do and have a lot of fun, with our main focus being education,” Trask said.
And unlike other sites that also aim to educate and provide resources, Loving More shows us polyamory from a totally different perspective — that of a small non-profit.
“I often spend time in different communities around the country, and they’re very different,” she said. “I think one of the challenges of some of the websites out there is they don’t have that perspective of the difference in what it’s like to be a polyamorous person in Alabama versus New York City.”
Keeping an organization going for almost 30 years is an impressive feat, but the folks at Loving More have so many more goals to accomplish in the future, including introducing new chapters in every state.
Ultimately Loving More strives to make “polyamory” a known word, reduce the stigma that surrounds that word and challenge laws that discriminate against people who practice it.
“What we’re trying to get to now is an acceptance and an understanding that polyamory is about love, just like monogamy. Knowing you’re not alone and that there are people out there, that’s helpful — even if they’re nothing like you, it’s helpful,” Trask said. “The biggest thing I’d like highlighted is that we are very much about relationship choice and supporting individuals and families who choose to live alternatively.”
To learn more about Loving More Non-Profit, visit www.lovemore.com.