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  • Writer's pictureKristian E.

Please Keep Using the Polyamorous Symbols You Love


different symbols of polyamory appear in an open window on a old pixellated computer desktop. the symbols clockwise from top-right: the original infinity heart design (red heart, blue infinity). a ring of six interlocking hearts of varying colors, with the points facing outward, encircling a black infinity sign. a pixellated macaw. an early 2000s computer-generated "3D" infinity heart (red heart, blue infinity), the polyamorous pride flag with pi symbol designed by Jim Evans in 1995.
oldies but goodies. some of the oldest polyamorous symbols in the book.



Dear Polyamorist,


In November 2021*, we’re going to host a vote on a new Polyamorous pride flag. We want you to vote. We want a new flag that you’ve had a say in and that you’re excited about. [*EDIT: the vote has been postponed, dates TBD.]


As evidenced by the countless attempts at redesigning it, the polyamorous community wants a more inviting, more aesthetically appealing flag. We’re working to make that happen.


It’s important to us that you know we mean no harm or disrespect to the symbols you’ve used to identify yourself as polyamorous up to this point. Frankly, they’re not going anywhere. And we don’t expect them to.


That’s part of the reason we spoke to Jim Evans, creator of the original polyamorous pride flag, before we got this project going. Kind and thoughtful, Jim expressed interest in our project and support for whatever the community may decide.


We promised to treat his flag with the honor it deserves and preserve its place in the history of modern polyamory. We intend to have the new design pay careful homage to Jim’s contribution to our community.


Please know that your infinity heart tattoo will be no more or less meaningful than it is now if the new polyamorous pride flag doesn’t include the infinity heart. The original “pi” pride flag you have stored somewhere in your garage won’t suddenly disappear when a new flag gets announced.


We have no desire to sweep these symbols under the proverbial rug.


What we do want is something designed exclusively for polyamory. We know not everyone will feel represented by it; that’s flatly not possible.


We’re not asking you to love what we create, though we hope you do come to love our new flag.


We’re just asking you to be open to trusting us to create something a large portion of our community will feel excited about and proud of, even if you personally don’t.


We’re asking you to embrace what may feel like a big and disruptive change with the knowledge that we’re putting the normalization, destigmatization, and visibility of worldwide polyamory at the very forefront of everything we’re doing.


With Every Ounce of My Love,

K


4 Comments


Lark Premshakti
Lark Premshakti
May 12, 2022

Googling "new polyamory flag" I found two sites with great flags that have been created. I recommend giving these two more exposure and perhaps even choosing one of them. Here are links to each:

1. https://www.mollymakesthings.com/post/new-polyamory-pride-flag

2. https://polyamfam.com/polyamoryflag

Personally, I like #1 best, but they are both a huge step up from having the letter π. I love Greek, just not this particular use of pi. The infinity heart symbol is sweet and already represents us, and both designs incorporate it.

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polyamproud
polyamproud
Aug 01, 2022
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Thanks for your recommendations! PolyamFam has been a long-time supporter of this project—and Molly from Molly Makes Things actually created the first version of our website.

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Emilious Tarr
Emilious Tarr
Feb 23, 2022

Hi, did the vote happen? Was a new flag chosen?

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Gretchen Campbell
Gretchen Campbell
Jul 31, 2022
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The vote is scheduled for 1st November 2022 🙂

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