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Lesbian Dating Tips: Get Respect for Your Same-sex Relationship?

This in LGBT dating relationships, specifically women in lesbian dating relationships often find themselves having to defend their relationships to others. Whether its friends, families, or co-workers, many do not recognize the relationship as a real relationship.

People in LGBT dating relationships, specifically women in lesbian dating relationships often find themselves having to defend their relationships to others. Whether it's friends, families, or co-workers, many do not recognize the relationship as a real relationship. This is not unique for lesbian relationships. Many relationships in the United States LGBT community face stigma and hardship in trying to get their union. Having to deal with this at the political level is one thing. But then you have to defend your gay or lesbian dating relationship to friends and family, the game changes. When people mean a lot to you, as friends and family usually do, it’s harder to accept that they do not see your romantic relationship as a real one.

How can you gain respect for your gay or lesbian relationship outside of the LGBT dating community?

If you are out to your family and friends, let them know that it is important they recognize your partner. While they not have to be their best friend, the least you can ask them for is respect for your relationship. As a therapist, I have met with clients that have been frustrated when they are constantly called upon by family members for favors even though they have sibling that could carry out similar tasks without any foreseen problems. But because they are in a gay or lesbian same-sex relationship, their friends and family assume that no ring or children equals doormat. Assertively demanding that others give you the respect you deserve for your relationship is key to starting a positive road of communication.

Have patience with family and friends. If you have already told your loved ones about your relationship and they fail to recognize your partner as someone significant in your life, maybe they need some time. Keep in mind that the average gay and lesbian person often as to remind their loved ones on more than one occasion that its not a ‘passing phase’ that they are in a same-sex relationship. Many family and friends will often go through a period of denial. They may ask you about exes you were married to or dating before you came out as a gay or lesbian person in the LGBT community. Once you have serious partner it may be easier for them to recognize that you are truly serious in your love for them. The more you are respectful with them, the more respectful they may be with you. It will take time to get to a point where you are all happy, but it can happen. In the end, focus on your goal – to have your partner be recognized as an important part of your life, not just for today, but for tomorrow too!

How have you confronted not having your partner be seen as an important part of your life with family, friends, and co-workers?

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Good points. I needed to read this to help me understand my brother and his relationship with his partner. I know it isn't a lesbian relationship, but it still applies.

I do not condone, nor do I condemn. If people would only ask one question which is "What is it that makes you want the same sex ?" Then, open your mind, yet close your mind to your own feelings, opinions, you might be surprised at the answer you will get. Open minds, who truly listen, can then understand. I had a lesbian couple next to me. One remains. Unfortunately, the other has passed away from a long battle with cancer. They were great neighbors, very caring people. The one that remains is still a good neighbor and friend.

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I am surprised in this day & age people need reminding of this. My maid of honor is a lesbian & proud of it. Her family is receptive & love her unconditionally as I do. Her sexuality is accepted & is a non issue with everyone in her life. I hope this becomes "the norm" for everyone down the road. Thanks for writing this~

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