Thursday, September 10

Kamala Appears on MTV's "True Life"

"Kamala Devi will be featured giving an intro tantra session to the poly quad: Kerry, Diana Adams, Ed and Kerry's date. After hours of shooting and months of anticipation, it will be exciting to see how they boil it all down. We will be hosting a viewing party at the next Tantra talk and Polyamory Potluck in PB at 6:45pm on Sept. 23rd. "

According to Polyamorous Percolations, Polyamory in the News by Alan

Next Monday, September 14th, MTV will finally air its months-in-the-making, hour long documentary on twenty-something polys. Many people worked hard to pull this off, and we have high hopes. The title is "True Life: I'm Polyamorous."

It will air at 10 p.m. and again at midnight Eastern time; also 10 a.m. EDT Tuesday morning, 2 a.m. EDT Tuesday night/Wednesday morning, 8 p.m. EDT Wednesday evening, and maybe later. Check the schedule or your local listings. If you miss the show when it airs, it should eventually be available online.

The True Life series is described on its webpage as remarkable real-life stories of young people and the unusual subcultures they inhabit. Whether documenting the lives of gay marriage activists, individuals dealing with obesity, or teens in high school, the True Life series tells its stories solely from the varied voices and points-of-view of its characters — putting the series in the unique position of reflecting the state of youth culture at any given moment.

Someone put up a Wikipedia page for the episode with a note that it includes a "gay trouple, Jim Messaros, Thomas Freyre and Chris Morgan, as they traverse the world of polyamory and struggle with relationship issues." Includes photo.

Jim himself says, MTV is very excited about the episode and this will be a great opportunity for polyamory to be mainstreamed to a lot of people, especially young viewers out there. It's socially taboo to be polyamorous let alone gay, so having done this show I hope we opened at least one person's mind to our choice of lifestyle.

There's some poignant history here. It's been 11 years since the infamous April Divilbiss case, which began when a young vee triad went on MTV. The grandmother of their toddler used their appearance on the show to get a Tennessee judge to grant her custody of the child based on their immoral lifestyle — despite social workers' findings that all was well with their home. (The case ended inconclusively after two years when April declared herself unfit due to poverty and let the grandmother keep the child.) This time we can hope for better.


Anita Wagner said...

Yes, let us hope that we have made enough progress that another Divilbiss case is less likely. At least those in this program don't have child custody concerns, at least as far as I know.

Congratulations on the airing of this program, I'm very much looking forward to seeing how it turns out.

Best wishes,
Anita Wagner

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