Going on a date during the winter holidays can be exciting, fun, and heartwarming. It can also be boring, triggering, and heartbreaking. But there are other people who are searching to create genuine connections like you, so we’re here to help you navigate the dating scene during the winter holidays.
Dating coach Lamont White is the owner of Better Way To Meet, a business providing queer dating coaching, matchmaking, and couples counseling services. He’s been a Nationally Certified Counselor providing counseling services for the LGBTQ+ community, specifically same-sex couples, since 2009. We asked him for a few dos and dont’s and words of advice for dating during the winter holidays.
White says to be cautious about people who are unaware of their red flags: “We all have things that we can improve upon, but some people are oblivious of their red flags or don’t want to address them. If you find yourself interacting with a potential date that isn’t trying to work on their red flags, run for the hills or the next person.”
According to a Pew Research Center survey, 55 percent of lesbian, gay, and bisexual adults use online dating apps and sites and 65 percent of the respondents said their experience was very or somewhat positive. So, whether you are meeting people on dating apps or meeting at a local queer community center, bar, or club, keep an open mind and be vigilant.
White says, “There are actually amazing people out there just like you, looking for a quality person. The dating pool is not full of pee, it also has some amazing gems.”
Whatever you do, get out there and enjoy yourself.