Month after month, your friends and acquaintances repeat to you “Be patient… there’s someone out there for everyone.” But is there really? Truly, in the depths of my hopeless romantic soul, I do believe this. But then reality slaps me back into this atmosphere, eyes wide open, and I can’t help but to observe it’s happening for everyone but the lone lesbian. Or at least seemingly everyone (because obviously it’s not all of my friends… yet). It just seems so easy for them to glide in and out of relationships and hookups. Where do I sign up?
How do you even date in the lesbian world?! If you’re currently in an environment where there are no quality lesbian bars to choose from (or none at all), you’re pretty much stuck in a rut. When you go out with your straight friends, you go to straight bars/clubs. They’re kind of the most depressing places on earth because you have to get drunk enough to: 1) dance with whatever gross guy approaches you with no rhythm. 2) ignore the fact that all your friends are making out with someone and there you are swirling your drink(s). 3) build up enough bravado to approach the women you find attractive (and most likely get graciously denied). I think the Tumblr post above states it best: “Dating in the gay world is like finding a job. You either do it on the internet or get referred.” Well I must be doing something incorrectly because I have yet to be referred or found Internet gold in the dating or job world! Not that I’m in a hurry or anything but I wouldn’t mind having a little distraction. Also, having people repeatedly ask me if there are any girls in my life is getting tiresome. I know being a lesbian automatically put me in the category of “get ready to never date anyone” because only ~3-6% of the American population identify as something other than heterosexual, but I didn’t think it would be this difficult. Again, I know my environment at the moment can account for some of the difficulties I’m facing. Although I think I’m thankful that I’m not caught up in a lesbian scene because based on personal accounts posted on various websites, it can get messy and everyone seems to have been recycled. I mean, you know “The Chart” (Another L Word reference… DO YOU SEE HOW MONUMENTAL THAT SHOW WAS TO LESBIANS EVERYWHERE?! CAN WE BRING IT BACK PLEASE? OR SOMETHING LIKE IT?! IN AMERICA?!).
So how do we handle this situation? Luckily we find ourselves in an era where hundreds of digital dating tools are at our fingertips. We have dating websites like OkCupid and whatever the name of that site Facebook constantly advertises on my page (Sapphos, I think?). We also have iPhone apps like Tinder and Grindr. I’ve briefly browsed OkCupid a few times and each time I’m either underwhelmed with the suggestions or creeped out by the approach of many of its users. Maybe one day I’ll return and give it another shot. As for Tinder, I’ve heard it’s kind of fun and creepy to use but they do have a “girls only” option! Now you may be thinking to yourselves ahh tech dating… yeah right. Believe me, I still think that way in a sense. My mind (or heart) still believes that I’ll find a version of love during some random encounter like in the movies. However, it’s 2013! Why not make use of all your resources? If none of those suggestions specifically created for dating work for you, maybe you’ll get lucky and find some random on Tumblr or in the comments section of a lesbian website. You just never know…
Sometimes when I’m left alone with my thoughts I often wonder if I were straight, would I have a boyfriend right now? We’ll never know… I have a handful of guy friends who I think came into my life because we are soul mates. I think they are truly the greatest and kindest souls on the planet and yet somehow every single one of them are single. When we talk about dating and our chronic singledom, they always tell me that I’m much more interesting and intriguing than the straight girls they’ve met (I mean I probably am, haha). In response I always tell them that they’re much easier to deal with than the lesbian/bisexual/bicurious girls I’ve ever met. It’s a hilarious cycle of conversation. Maybe I’d feel better if I had a really close lesbian friend who was also single and could share my sentiments. Until I get that friend or have Fate place a stunning lady in my path, I think I’ll make an honest effort in concentrating on improving myself and reaching my goals.