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Jennie Weingarten, the Dashew Center’s assistant director of programming, said 12 women and nine men attended the event looking for people of the same gender.
Almost 200 other people attended the event to meet people of the opposite gender.
However, dating women isn’t only difficult because of others’ expectations, Cheng said.
It can also be difficult to find people who have the same comfort zones when it comes to being in a relationship.
Joshua Avila, chief of staff for programming for the General Representative 1 office and a second-year political science student, said the event aimed to create a space for clubs with common organizational missions to collaborate on their programming.
Avila said the General Representative 1 office wanted to provide a setting to make cross-organizational programs seem more feasible.
She said she liked meeting several other women interested in women at once because it can be difficult to find other queer women.
She added she thinks it can be even more difficult to connect with people who only speak English at LGBTQ social events, because she finds it easier to bond with students who also speak Mandarin.
The event, which was first held in 2010, has always included tables for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students.“They didn’t ask anything, but their eyes were on me.” The fourth-year student added she would have liked to meet both men and women, but did not know how that would work with speed dating.Cheng said she liked how event organizers did not separate LGBTQ tables from the rest of the room, but said she thinks it might have been better if they were somewhere more secluded for people not out of the closet.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.