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Exploring the Diversity of LGBTQIA+ Relationships: Polyamory, Open Relationships, and More

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  • Did you know that 30% of LGBTQIA+ men have an open relationship?
  • Discover the different types of relationships that exist and their specifics.
  • Differences and similarities: Get to know the most common practices within the LGBTQIA+ community.

What types of relationships in the LGBTQIA+ community are more common?

According to a survey conducted by the University of San Francisco, about 30% of men who identify as gay or bisexual prefer to have an open relationship, allowing intimate contact with other men while maintaining a formal relationship with another person.

For many in the LGBTQIA+ community, this is common, but it’s not the only type.

Various relationships suit individual lifestyles, beliefs, and goals. Discover the kinds of relationships, their differences, and similarities.

Monogamy: LGBTQIA+ Relationship Types

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Monogamy involves maintaining a loving or sexual relationship (or both) with one person.

Perhaps the most conventional relationship type, it sometimes carries challenges like infidelity and separation.

Scientifically, human evolution might have influenced monogamy as the primary relationship mode.

Yet, for some, it seems outdated, leading to a wider acceptance of open relationships.

Open Relationship

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An open relationship refers to an intimate connection that consensually allows sexual experiences with other people.

Unlike other dynamics, sexual relations in an open relationship don’t necessarily happen among all participants.

Some open relationships are hybrid, where one remains monogamous, and the other explores multiple partners.

Another dynamic is recreational partner-swapping, which is not recurrent.


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Polyamory shouldn’t be confused with open relationships.

In polyamory, individuals can foster romantic and sexual dynamics with multiple partners. Central to polyamory is the rejection of the idea of a single love, as love can be found in various individuals simultaneously.

Types include solo polyamory, where one prefers to live alone without adhering to primary partnership obligations; hierarchical polyamory, where a primary couple chooses one or more to join them.

Triads, involving three persons romantically and sexually connected; and the V relationship, where two people are connected to a third person but not to each other.

Polyfidelity: LGBTQIA+ Relationship Types

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Faithfulness remains crucial even for non-monogamous individuals.

In polyfidelity, regardless of the established hierarchy, all involved commit to being faithful to their partners.

Thus, even if they don’t have a single romantic or sexual partner, they limit seeking other partners as a means of respecting the agreement made with one or multiple partners.

This act is always consensual and accepted by all involved.


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Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ (DADT) is a relationship where a partner is aware that the other has permission to engage with one or more individuals, without it being a betrayal.

This relationship arises for several reasons, such as one partner not being interested in maintaining sexual relations, granting the other partner consent to fulfill that need elsewhere.

It can also occur when someone wishes to explore romantically or sexually with another partner temporarily.

In all instances, it’s ideal to discuss with the partner and establish communication channels to ensure a safe experience for everyone involved.

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