West Pride 2014

It’s a curious thing to go on your first ever pride march and to meet people you’ve only ever seen on Facebook before, but after an operation on a tumour prevented me from being, shall we say, ‘active’ from March until the summer, that’s what I did.

Firstly, you have to be strong enough to hold a banner. And you have to be coordinated enough to hold it horizontal in line with two other people (you have to concentrate!!). Then you have to be confident enough to walk with one of the smallest groups in the pride festival with your head held high… for a cause which is relatively unknown.

And because we intersect with so many other groups, I find this to be the biggest challenge of all. There are so many non-traditional relationship folk out there, but the large majority will identify more strongly with other groups in the LGBTQIA minorities. It makes our voice very small and our ‘outness’ even smaller.

So in our case, we were not here and ‘fler’, but here and only a few. Yet even if we were not many, we were – and are – still proud.

Pridebild

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About the Author

Louisa is the author of the popular blog Postmodern Woman and freelance writer for Huffington Post, Jezebel, Salon and Nerve. She identifies as a cross between non-hierarchical polyamorous person and relationship anarchist even whilst living with her partner and father of her two children in Branno, Gothenburg. She has been in a quad, open relationship and now an open triad and has practised ethical non-monogamy for 10 years. Her book The Husband Swap has gained her international recognition. She gives workshops and counselling to those who are considering open relationships.

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