“With same-sex marriage victories, and with a president on the side of full equality for gays and lesbians, there’s never been a more promising Valentine’s season for LGBT singles," said Frank Mastronuzzi, Co-founder and Chief Love Officer at OneGoodLove.
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Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) February 11, 2013
OneGoodLove.com (http://www.onegoodlove.com), the Internet’s leading relationship-focused online dating service for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) singles, announced today the release of its Valentine’s 2013 “LGBT State of the Date Report.” The report, based on a survey of over 500 LGBT singles using OneGoodLove, as well as analysis of the stated dating preferences of OneGoodLove’s more than 150,000 members, is a Valentine’s Day snapshot of LGBT dating experiences today.
Gay And Lesbian Daters Are Optimistic About Love And Marriage
- Eighty-seven percent of LGBT singles surveyed are optimistic they will find love in 2013, with 39 percent reporting they are “very” or “extremely” optimistic. Lesbians are slightly more optimistic than gay men.
- Sixty-five percent of gay and lesbian singles report that as states pass laws providing same-sex marriage rights, they find themselves more likely to consider marriage as their long-term dating goal. Gay men (68 percent) were more likely than lesbians (58 percent) to say this.
- Somewhat contradictory, when oneGoodLove.com members are asked directly by other members about their relationship goal, only 8 percent claim “I am looking for marriage.” LGBT singles, like their hetersexual counterparts, may not want to scare away prospective romantic partners by making marriage the topic of first date conversations.
What LGBT Singles Want
- When asked about the one quality that might make them fall in love with a romantic partner, 64 percent of gay men indicated it was someone who made them feel special, 23 percent indicated a great sense of humor, 7 percent indicated attractiveness, and 5 percent indicated intelligence.
- Forty-five percent of lesbians report sense of humor as the one quality most likely to make them fall in love, followed by 42 percent who might fall in love with a woman who made them feel special. Eleven percent of lesbians might fall in love with a woman due to her intelligence.
- Not a single lesbian (0 percent), and only 1 percent of gay men surveyed, said being good in bed was the quality most likely to make them fall in love with a potential romantic partner.
- Eighty-seven percent of OneGoodLove members are open to meeting a partner with an ethnicity different from their own.
- Forty-one percent reported that they wanted children one day.
- Almost half of LGBT singles don’t want to date a drinker, and 64 percent of gay men, and 60 percent of lesbians, don’t want to date a smoker. Smoking status was the matching criteria rated most important to oneGoodLove singles.
- Fifty-two percent of OneGoodLove singles said their ideal first date is a dinner date.
- Thirty-six percent of gay men, and 41 percent of lesbians, are willing to travel 50 miles to meet the right date.
Technology and LGBT Dating
- LGBT singles reported they are more flirtatious in person (37 percent), or while texting (36 percent), than they are using email (15 percent), while on Facebook (6 percent), or over the phone (6 percent). Not a single LGBT person reported they were the most flirtatious on Twitter (0 percent), which was one of the possible answers.
- When asked their opinion regarding the worst romantic transgression made with technology or social networks, 55 percent of LGBT singles said breaking up with someone via text or email, 13 percent said changing your relationship status on your social network to “single” before notifying the person you were dating about the change, 11 percent said cyber stalking a potential romantic partner, and 10 percent said speaking badly in your social networks about an ex.
What Moms and Dads Want for LGBT Singles
- When asked to report what their parents, “deep in their hearts,” hoped the ultimate outcome of their dating lives would be, 73 percent of LGBT singles said said their parents would want them to be in a happy, loving relationship with someone of the same sex, while 23 percent said their parents would prefer them to be in a heterosexual relationship, even if it wasn’t loving or fulfilling. Four percent reported their parents would want them to be in a loving relationship, fully out as a transgender man or woman.
- Lesbians were more likely (32 percent) to say their parents would want them to be in a heterosexual relationship, even if it wasn’t loving or fulfilling, than were gay men (20 percent).
“As same-sex marriage rights are achieved state by state, and with a president who has unequivocally stated he is on the side of full rights and equality for the LGBT community, there’s never been a more promising Valentine’s season for LGBT singles hoping to find their one special someone,” said Frank Mastronuzzi, Co-founder and Chief Love Officer at oneGoodLove.com. Mastronuzzi is featured in Dan Slater’s just-released book, "Love in the Time of Algorithms," which looks at the development of the online dating industry and what technology means for the future of relationships.
Visit the OneGoodLove blog at: http://blog.onegoodlove.com/
Contact Frank Mastronuzzi at: Frank(at)onegoodlove(dot)com
Contact Dan Slater at: danielbslater(at)gmail(dot)com
oneGoodLove.com is the first online dating site built specifically for relationship-minded gay and lesbian singles. Co-founded by Frank Mastronuzzi, former senior manager of business development at Match.com, and Nic Marlin, Internet entrepreneur and marketing executive, the site’s mission is to offer gay and lesbian singles a better way to meet life mates, while also directly challenging the stereotype that gay and lesbian dating is primarily promiscuous. The site’s proprietary Personality Profile Test and matching algorithm was formulated specifically for gay and lesbian singles, based on analysis of long-term lesbian and gay relationships. oneGoodLove.com is committed to giving back to the LGBT community through corporate volunteerism and donations to LGBT non-profits. Early investors include Tim Sullivan, CEO of Ancestry.com, and former CEO at Match.com, Bret McAlister, CTO of 1-800Dentist, Fred Joyal, and investment strategist and capital formation expert, Anqelique DeMaison.