Hi everyone! My apologies for not replying sooner--this week got rather hectic for me, and I fell behind on this thread.
First, thanks to everyone that's e-mailed me so far! I am still looking for additional candidates, so don't hesitate to contact me if you're still interested.
I'll try to cover a few different replies at once:
- I'd be happy to post my results here when I'm done. That won't be until May 2011, but I'm more than willing to share what I find out with the community.
- I don't want to reiterate what other posters have said, but just to clarify, I use the word "queer" as an umbrella term for all "alternative" sexualities. That being said, many people (including myself) also now use the word "queer" as a way of identifying their sexual orientation when it doesn't neatly fit into the hetero/homo/bi categories. Even though we've tried to reclaim it as a positive word, however, many LGBT people (especially those who lived through the initial AIDS crisis) still object to its use and associate it with its history as a slur.
- For those of you interested in reading more academic research on polyamory: there are several researchers who are focusing on polyamory right now, and whose work has been very helpful to me as I prepared for my own research. I highly recommend Meg Barker and Darren Landridge's Understanding Non-Monogamies
--it's an expensive book (so you may want to see if you can get it from a local library), but it addresses the widest range of the poly community I've seen yet, and contains some very thought-provoking essays. I also recommend looking up articles by Elisabeth Sheff, Meg Barker, or Ani Ritchie (maybe through Google Scholar, or your local university's journal databases). There was also an issue of the academic journal Sexualities
from 2006 that focused solely on poly issues; again, your local university might have a copy or online access to it. Hope that helps a bit!
I think that hits the major points, but if I overlooked someone's comment/question, please let me know and I'll be happy to answer.