Cheers Sexy People!
I hope that you are all having an amazing week so far! I am very excited to share with you our latest podcast interview with my new friend Billy Holder. Billy and I connected from the wonders of … you guessed it … social media (Facebook) thanks to Billy reaching out to me. We started a discussion about advocacy for sexual minorities such as polyamory and speaking at conferences to help create awareness and understanding. Billy apparently has just TONS of experience in the realm of education, outreach, being an activist and truly doing his part and then some for fighting for the rights of others to live their lives how they see fit finding their own path to happiness. I frankly am just blown away by how much Billy and his various teams have accomplished over the recent years that he has been on his current path of awesome.
I thanked him on the interview for all that he does to stand up for the rights of his family and others, but I will say it again here. Billy, you just ROCK and I applaud all of your efforts. Keep up the great work! I am truly looking forward to meeting Billy in person at an upcoming poly conference. If not before, we will be meeting next at Atlanta Poly Weekend which I intend to attend in June 2017. Sweet! Learn more at atlantapolyweekend.com. Also Billy inspired me to become a lifetime voting member of the Relationship Equality Foundation. I am stoked to get more involved in that organization and its outreach efforts. Yesssss! I LOVE being an advocate for our freedom to create relationships how we see fit to help make our lives amazing, even when following an unconventional path.
To further learn more about Billy, please read his full bio below:
Billy Holder is a polyamory activist, educator, and community organizer who helped found and manage the non-profit organization Atlanta Polyamory, as well as Atlanta Poly Weekend. Billy currently serves as the Vice President of Relationship Equality Foundation Inc., a public charity 501 (c)(3) where his primary role is outreach, education and new program development. Also as a member of the Polyamory Leadership Network, he is in contact with poly leaders from around the world and is up to date on all the happenings, conferences, news, and events.
Billy has been poly-identified since 2004, but believes he has always been poly, since he began dating. Monogamy never worked out right. His first experience with multiple relationships was asking someone to the prom as a 2nd date. They didn’t react kindly at the notion they were back up in case the plans with the first fell through. But he never got to explain that’s not what he meant. Much growth has happened since and he now knows the value of upfront disclosure in relationships.
Billy and his family have been featured in a CNN article “Polyamory: When three isn’t a crowd” By Emmanuella Grinberg; “Sex and Dating: Is Atlanta a Hotbed for Polyamory” – GA Voice, Feb 2011; the Austrialian Morning TV Show, “Weekend Sunrise”; and also NBC’s “One Big, Happy, Poly, Family” and others. See the MEDIA page for a full list! He has been a presenter at Poly Living, Beyond the Love, Frolicon, Outlantacon, The Warehouse SC, Atlanta Poly Weekend, Georgia State University and others. See appearances to find out where he will be next.
In Billy’s “spare” time he balances a busy life of Father, Partner and Boyfriend as well as training in Taekwondo with a daughter and partners who are also active in Taekwondo. Having recently earned a black belt his training has only just really begun. His weeknights are usually a blur of driving, scheduling, and cooking. Date night is in there for his partners individually to ensure personal connection time and support for each. The weekends are spent with family and friends when not teaching or working for the rights of others. Hobbies include Taekwondo, Geocaching, kayaking, camping, boating, woodworking, shooting range time, and yard work.
Two quotes that stand out to me from the CNN article mentioned above are:
…some polyamorous families like the Holders… see an opportunity to go public and fight stereotypes that polyamory is just swinging, cheating or kinky sex. It’s not just a fling or a phase for them. It’s an identity. They want to show that polyamory can be a viable alternative to monogamy, even for middle-class, suburban families with children, jobs and house notes.
Billy states: “We’re not trying to say that monogamy is bad. We’re trying to promote the fact that everyone has a right to develop a relationship structure that works for them.”
That is some good quality stuff right there! Thank you Billy, for being so generous with your time, for being an activist fighting for the rights of all of us here at Loving Without Boundaries, and for sharing your thoughts and insights with us via the podcast interview! It was totally awesome, entertaining and inspirational! Let’s do it again soon. And stay tuned for Part Two coming out next week. Follow Billy’s adventures at jackelxing.wordpress.com, relationshipequalityfoundation.org and atlantapolyweekend.com.
To hear the podcast, go to the Podcast link here and subscribe to the Loving Without Boundaries podcast, and check out Episode 25 with Billy. Also, please help spread awareness of alternative lifestyles and create more tolerance for ethical non-monogamy in the world at large by Rating and Reviewing the Loving Without Boundaries podcast in iTunes to help it get featured on New & Noteworthy. It only takes a few minutes.
If you would like to be interviewed either in written form or via audio on the podcast, please feel free to contact me and we will set something up. Thank you!
Wishing you peace, love and happiness,
(and thrilling, fun sex too!)