I have a wife of 20+ years, a girlfriend of 10+ years, and have had several girlfriends/lovers over the last 30+ years. I can only remember a ~6 month period in my dating life when I was NOT poly, and that’s a story for another day/thread.
I love my wife and girlfriend equally. My offspring (Through wife) are in adulthood now, and have enjoyed seeing my girlfriend as well as her (recent) husband when she or they came by. It was an honor to be a member of their wedding party.
I’m not a fan of these labels either. I don’t believe that my girlfriend uses them either. At least, I haven’t heard her or her husband do so. After such a long time together, perhaps we don’t need to? She has always been my girlfriend and I her boyfriend. And our spice (Plural of spouse?) are either husband or wife accordingly.
What I would love to read, however, are stories from others about reactions and how introductions have been given to friends and family? (Obviously, from those who are already “Out” to these people.)
In my case, we are not out only with one set of family out of the four. It is a little tough on the one whose family is “In the dark”, but unfortunately, necessary. 🙁 Everyone else has had their own reactions to the news when it came, but all have seem to come to except it. Many have openly praised it.