Life dating 101
During the ’80s, LGBTQ people began reclaiming queer within the realities surrounding the AIDS crisis and many of the misconceptions surrounding it.
Today, many people consider the word “queer” an important way to express to their potential partners their point of view and how they identify.
If you are new to dating a queer-identified woman, the best thing you can do is be honest about where you’re at and ask questions.
People within the queer community try to be upfront about where they are coming from, and it’s fair to expect this kind of dialogue to go both ways.“When I first meet someone, I try to make clear my expectations about who I am, what the queer community means to me, and what I need from my potential partner regardless of their sexual identification,” Emily, 27, says.
Be open to how things go, ask questions along the way, and continue to work to come to a mutual understanding.
While there are some men who are supportive of the queer community, there are still others out there who choose to slut-shame, misidentify, make assumptions about, and even worse, fetishize queer women.