“Coming to UGA has exposed me to a lot more queer people or people who would be okay dating queer people.”Ashley Waterfill, a sophomore who identifies as a lesbian, agrees that there are challenges in the recognition of other LGBTQ singles.“I think it’s probably just because it’s an insult to assume someone’s gay,” she said, before correcting herself.“It’s not an insult to me, but some people might feel that way.”When asked about the differences between LGBTQ dating and straight dating, Waterfill laughed.“For me, it’d be so easy to find a guy,” Waterfill said. I would assume it’s a lot easier if you’re straight.”Instead of approaching strangers or going online, Waterfill typically goes on dates set up by her other LGBTQ friends, since she says, “it’s easier that way.”Even when a LGBTQ person meets another single and gets past the phase described by Eydam as “is she gay, is he gay, is it going to happen?You may be experiencing sexual coercion if you answered yes to any of these questions.If you feel that your in an unhealthy relationship, talk to an adult you can trust.“You have to go to a gay safe space to meet queer people and make sure they’re okay with being out and being approached in a queer way.”Eydam, who studies animal science, came to terms with her sexuality in high school but her dating options back then were different from what they are now.She describes finding LGBTQ people at UGA as “hard, but not too hard.” “You get to meet a lot more people here when you come from a smaller area, or even a suburban area,” Eydam said.” there are additional problems that arise from being lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or questioning, beyond the relationship troubles experienced by straight couples.
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With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, “cuffing season,” or the chillier months of the year where singles become more dispositioned to enter relationships, is in full swing.
Members of the Athens LGBTQ community say finding a date can be hard no matter what time of the year it is.“You can’t just walk up to a person and be like ‘hey, are you queer’ because that can be taken really wrong,” said Lauren Eydam, a Junior who identifies as bisexual.