CLASS: Black and Polyamorous

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CLASS: Black and Polyamorous

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Black & Polyamorous
with Jenn M. Jackson, Kevin Patterson, and Jamila Mitchell
Tuesday, February 6, 2024
6 PM Central Time
Virtual Event (Zoom)

Polyamory is the state or practice of maintaining multiple sexual and/or romantic relationships simultaneously, with the full knowledge and consent of all the people involved. Mainstream representation of polyamory tend to focus on the white, middle class members of the community.

Join The Tool Shed as we unpack myths and misconceptions about polyamory in the Black and queer communities. In this candid conversation, Dr. Jenn M. Jackson, Kevin Patterson, and Jamila Mitchell will share their thoughts on consensual nonmonogamy, anti-Black stereotypes, queer relationships, and healthy masculinity.

Dr. Jenn M. Jackson (they/them) is a professor of political science at Syracuse University, abolitionist, lesbian androgynous woman and mother of three free Black children. They are also a gender and sexuality researcher and author of Black Women Taught Us, available January 2024.

Kevin A. Patterson, M.Ed (he/him) is an active member of the Philadelphia polyamory community. He's been practicing ethical nonmonogamy since August of 2002 after opening up a relationship that eventually became his marriage. In April of 2015, Kevin was inspired to start Poly Role Models, an interview series for people describing their experiences with polyamory. Poly Role Models was part of a drive and a desire to change the way our lives and communities are viewed. To continue that discussion of polyamorous representation, Kevin has extended the blog's work into the writing of the book, Love's Not Color Blind: Race and Representation in Polyamorous and Other Alternative Communities. Along with co-writer Alana Phelan, Kevin launched a sci-fi novel series, For Hire, that centers characters of color as well as other marginalized identities.

Jamila Mitchell (she/they) is a Milwaukee-based writer, advocate and entrepreneur. Educated at the Milwaukee School of Engineering in marketing, she has built a career as a writer speaking on topics including sexuality, gender, and politics. She is a social commentator that challenges social constructs of gender and relationships. Her work is influencing current projects in media that portray Blaqueer life in the Midwest.

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