With Valentine's Day upon us, I and my guest panelists, Dr.
Mike Dow, Chase Whiteside and Tammy Shaklee, discuss the differences between finding love online and offline.
With much of the online matchmaking world relying on the use of advanced algorithms to bring people together, it might seem almost quaint to rely on an actual person to do the work for you.
For professional, attractive, gay, lesbian or bisexual clients looking for someone, it’s important to bear in mind the unique, complicating factors that come into play.
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I'm not sure if I am thinking old school that this type of lifestyle is somewhat concerning or are these online Casanova's just all futurists and pioneering the world of dating, sex and relationships for the future?
I was tentative about saying the "L word;" it was a big step for me -- especially considering that Lucas and I had never actually met. The Internet has, indeed, made the world a very small place.
I knew I was not the only one sitting in this position.Every date teaches me something new about what I have to offer a potential partner, as well as what's important to me in a long-term partnership.It's crucial not to judge your date before you have a conversation with them and get to know them.According to the Office for National Statistics, approximately 1.6% of people living in the UK describe themselves as gay, lesbian or bisexual.London has a LGB population of 2.6%, which is about 225,524 people, give or take.I was in my early thirties, single, gay, a professional, intelligent, and not knowing where to find that "special someone" also stable in all aspects of her life.I have never had an issue meeting new people -- I'm a total extrovert. I worked as a matchmaker for several years, loved what I was doing, loved my clients and the relationships I was building, but realized that since I'm a lesbian, I couldn't hire a matchmaker like myself and my colleagues.The issue for me, which I'm sure many people would agree, is that there are only so many gay bars where professional singles go to socialize, and it seems like social networks are incestuous, or friends are coupled up.On the professional note, it's unfortunate that not everyone has the luxury of being "out" at their place of employment, which causes a slew of other issues as far as dating online. I learned that I can't judge someone by her looks, and I can't decide in the first three seconds of a date that I don't want to date her because I can't see myself sleeping with her immediately.The problem was, I prioritized my professional career and didn't have time to go on dates with numerous people, hoping desperately to meet "my match." The relationships I did have were with women living outside my city, and it was exhausting. I saw a problem, and naturally, came up with the solution.Before founding my company, Mixology, I worked as a matchmaker in the D. I hear all the time: "dating is so hard," "I feel like I know everyone," "I am so picky." There are so many reasons why LGBT matchmaking is crucial in today's world.