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colorado 04-20-2011 05:05 AM

What if your partner doesn't know you have a secondary relationship? Is it cheating
 
Hi, I am new to the forum and would like to know what you think about my situation. I am a gay male and have been in a semi-open relationship for 6 years. We have been very very happy and I honestly think he is the love of my life. I am way more open minded and adventurous than my partner.
I met someone else last year who I had this crazy physical connection with. At first, it was just sex, but he insisted for months we should hang out. I finally met his boyfriend and a couple of his friends. He is not in a open relationship because his boyfriend of 8 years can't handle it.
This new guy and I have grown very close; besides the mind-blowing sex, we perform a lot of physical activities together our boyfriends have zero interest in. We are both in great shape; our partners are not, so we complement each other well. We are also becoming really good friends and talk about personal stuff.
Anyways, I thought this was a fling at first, but I am developing true feelings for this secondary person. I think I would like to have a secondary relationship with him, but I am positive neither his partner or mine would approve.
I wouldn't like to end my primary relationship because I get tons of fulfillment and joy from it. He is in the same situation... Is this just plain cheating? Or can you have a 'closeted' polyamorous relationship?

Ariakas 04-20-2011 05:18 AM

If they are unaware of it you are cheating. If you have an agreement about nondisclosure, which equates to dadt then the are poly relationships that fall in line

However if you are asking and are unsure... Then you probably already know the answer. Dadt requires some knowledge of the relationship, just a conscious choice to remain blind to it.

LovingRadiance 04-20-2011 05:22 AM

I agree with Ari.

AutumnalTone 04-20-2011 03:05 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by colorado (Post 77317)
Is this just plain cheating?

Yes.

Quote:

Or can you have a 'closeted' polyamorous relationship?
No.

redpepper 04-20-2011 06:43 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by colorado (Post 77317)
Is this just plain cheating? Or can you have a 'closeted' polyamorous relationship?

Yes, you are cheating.

There is no such thing as a "closeted" poly relationship. Not in terms of other loves. Poly is based on ethical and consensual non-monogamy. You aren't participating in that.

I understand that you love this man, but you have spent a good deal of time creating something that is very hurtful, deceitful and disrespectful to the men you both love.

There are some interesting threads on here about cheating and what makes a poly relationship work if you are interested... you can find them by doing a tag search for "cheating" "foundations" and "lessons" hope they help sort out where to go next with your situation.

River 04-20-2011 10:07 PM

Colorado,

It has been my observation that many (perhaps most) gay men have "semi-open" relationships, most of which are best described as "sexually non-monogamous" + "emotionally monogamous". In these situations, one is "allowed" to have "just sex" with people with whom no significant emotional connection or attachment is "allowed". This has proven to be a challenge for me, since I and my partner are both poly, and I'd like to have another actual relationship with another man while keeping my partner.

A startling few men are avialable for what I have to offer. After all, even if I were single
I'd face the challenge of finding another compatible man where mutual attraction of a physical-emotional kind exists. (It seems to me that only a fraction of gay men really want a whole, rounded relationship with a man.) .... My challenge is greater as a poly guy because polyamory isn't well understood or accepted by "the demographic".

You're between a rock and a hard place, Colorado. The only good option you have, I think, is to risk honesty and openness. Truth.

Don't procrastinate long.


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