Queer Guide to Valentine’s Day!

Valentine’s Day is upon us once again, so if you are a lonely singleton, this might not be the post for you (unless you’re into self-masochism). Valentine’s Day can be a bit annoying if you’re LGBT- the day is virtually a celebration of heterosexuality. However, there are some ways to make the day special if you are in a queer relationship!1.Make awesome date plans

Dinner and a movie is the best way to go on Valentine’s Day. You get to enjoy some good food and have a chance to experience something together. I suggest finding a restaurant that you and your date will be comfortable at, perhaps avoiding places that you might see family or friends if you are still in the closet. When it comes time to pay, one of you can pay for the dinner and another can pay for the movie! Some great LGBT movies that you can still watch in theaters include Carol, and The Danish GirlTry to find a cozy theater for you and your date!

2. Dress to impress

Wear whatever you want. However, I think it can be fun to coordinate outfits with your date. Valentine’s is a celebration of love, so if you have clothes that are really only appropriate for Pride in June, now is the time to break them out of the closet. Etsy has clever shirts for queer couples, as does cafepress. Make Valentine’s as occasion by ordering a special shirt for you and your date. Bonus points if you buy one as a present!

3. Show your love

Everyone experiences love differently. Perhaps you appreciate kind words and helpful deeds, or maybe you enjoy getting gifts and warm hugs. Appeal to your date’s tastes to find them a great present. If you just started dating someone and don’t know what they like yet, stick to tradition. Flowers and candy never seem to get old! Bustle posted a great article on LGBT gifts, including Valentine’s cards to give your special someone.

4. Enjoy the night!

The most important part of Valentine’s Day is being able to spend (and enjoy) time with your date. Once you have the foundation of what you think is a good date, don’t be afraid to cherish the moment. People always say that queer people flaunt our love too much. However, if Valentine’s Day isn’t a time to flaunt your love, I don’t know what is. Yes, you might get weird looks from people. Yes, you could be uncomfortable. My advice is to just remember why you are on that date in the first place. You are there to have a great, loving night with someone who’s company you enjoy. Don’t be afraid to show it.

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