Speed dating events quad cities
“A closeted person might feel guilty they’re dragging their partner back into the closet because they can’t hold hands in public or tell their parents,” she said.
“If you’re a very out person, it can feel like you have an underground lover.” Catherine Liberty Feliciano was a news reporter and a staff representative on the Daily Bruin Editorial Board.
Catherine Cheng looked around the room to see overeager men and guarded women at a speed dating event. Cheng, who sat at the women-looking-for-women table, was attending the Dashew Center for International Students and Scholars’ annual International Speed Dating event Thursday.
The event, which was first held in 2010, has always included tables for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students.
“I’m sure there are a lot of queer people at UCLA, but you grow up in a society that’s very gendered.” The fourth-year student added she thinks people are raised to believe men should initiate romance and that it is harder to identify who should approach whom in a same-gender relationship.
A first-year financial actuarial mathematics student who identifies as bisexual said she thinks the event’s design was fun because people got to know each other in pairs, but weren’t forced to speak more than five minutes if they didn’t like each other.
Their position in the room made some of the women feel vulnerable to others’ stares and comments, she added.
Many of the clubs represented were cultural awareness and community service organizations.
Feliciano was an assistant Opinion editor in the 2015-2016 school year.
Undergraduate Students Association Council General Representative 1 Ayesha Haleem's (pictured above) office hosted a speed dating event for student organizations.
She said she did not want to use her real name because her parents are not aware of her sexuality.
“The hardest part of dating queer women is finding queer women,” she said.