Chemistry on Love
Love is love, whether it is between a man and woman, a man and a man or between one woman and another. Or is it? For folks at the match making and dating website Chemistry.com, the answer is a resounding yes. They believe that a loving relationship knows no barriers, including that of gender.
For believers in love as an emotion, a sum-total of compatibility and companionship irrespective of gender differences or similarities, the answers are pretty simple. So internet matchmaking services like Chemistry.com are trying to match gays and lesbians using the same criteria they normally use for heterosexual couples. And apparently they are succeeding, because according to a recent article, 10 percent of Chemistry's 3.7 million subscribers are either gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender.
There is a diametrically opposite opinion held by other sites and services that advertise themselves as run and executed by gays. People who run gay dating sites like Partnerforlife.com and Mypartner.com work on them in a gay-specific way, creating assessment forms and analytical solutions that are catered towards the homosexual community and no other. The match makers of such services believe that there is very little scientific material available that would help match homosexual couples, and are trying to develop ways and methods to do so using empirically tried-and-tested avenues for establishing lasting homosexual love.
People with such points of view believe that the concerns of the gay community are unique and need to be treated as such. It is not easy for a gay individual to find dating partners even in today's liberated society primarily because it is still difficult to identify who is gay, and if he or she is indeed homosexual, how best to approach them.
The mating rituals of the straight community have had ages to develop, whereas gay love, though always present, has always been viewed as something to hide. Matching a gay couple, in the philosophy of personals websites like Partnerforlife, is as much about ensuring community support and counseling for gay men and women as it is about helping gay singles find love. This is because lasting gay relationships have yet to receive the same ratification and respect that traditional heterosexual love commands so easily.
But whatever the approach towards matchmaking, it is clear that all internet personal ads sites and support groups that help forge homosexual love are increasingly leaning towards providing genuine, long-term, gay or lesbian dating and matchmaking services. The future lies in matchmaking lasting relationships; the lesbian and gay market has incredible potential in this direction.
Posted by eDatingCentral.com Mar 20, 2008 8:17 am
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