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Identity & Inclusion in Non-monogamous Communities

Hosted by OPEN (Organization for Polyamory and Ethical Non-monogamy)
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Join us for an insightful virtual panel discussion on "Identity & Inclusion in Non-Monogamous Communities," part of the Week of Visibility for Non-Monogamy. This panel will explore the diverse identities that intersect with non-monogamous practices and the importance of fostering inclusivity within our communities.

Non-monogamous individuals often navigate multiple intersecting identities, including race, gender, sexuality, and more. These intersecting identities significantly shape their experiences and practices of non-monogamy. Our distinguished panelists, representing a range of backgrounds and perspectives, will discuss the unique challenges faced by individuals at these intersections and strategies for creating more inclusive and supportive non-monogamous communities.

Panelists include:

  • William Winters is a seasoned digital campaign strategist for progressive organizations and causes. William is also a leader in the Bay Area’s polyamorous and sex-positive communities. He is the founder of Bonobo Network, a sex-positive, consent-focused, power-aware community that facilitates well-informed, emotionally sophisticated, inclusive, and curated conversation and praxis about sex and intimacy. He's also a founder of Express Yourself, a quarterly gathering uniting people of color in celebrations of the erotic, and President of OPEN, the Organization for Polyamory and Ethical Non-monogamy

  • Alyssa Gonzalez is a public speaker, science writer, biology Ph.D., and author of Nonmonogamy and Neurodiversity. When she isn't writing about advances in agrigenomics, she's putting her recipes, urbanist rants, and essays about her experiences as an autistic ex-Catholic Hispanic transgender immigrant to Canada on her blog, The Perfumed Void ( She also writes speculative fiction that explores social isolation, autism, gender, trauma, and the relationships between all of these things. She lives in Ottawa, Canada with a menagerie of pets.

  • Michelle D. Vaughan, Ph.D. (she/her) is pansexual, polyamorous woman, a licensed clinical psychologist and a Clinical Full Professor in the School of Professional Psychology at Wright State University as well as a Fellow of Division 44 of the American Psychological Association. She trains health providers in sex, gender, and relationship-affirming practices as part of culturally humble training and conducts strengths-based scholarship on LGBTQ+ and Consensual Non-Monogamy (CNM). Her most notable works include the first published peer-reviewed study of physical healthcare experiences of CNM individuals, and the first published measures of compersion (the COMPERSe) and stress-related growth from the coming out process for sexual minorities,. She is the co-editor and co-author of The Handbook of CNM Affirming Mental Health Practice from Rowman & Littlefield in addition to service on regional and national CNM organizations and training medical and mental health professionals on LGBTQ+ strengths and CNM-affirming practice.

100% of your ticket donations will support the global Week of Visibility for Non-monogamy, a movement-wide week of action dedicated to amplifying non-monogamous voices, identities, and experiences in order to dismantle stereotypes, promote acceptance, and celebrate how far we’ve come as a movement!

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