“Everyone you meet has a part to play in your story. And while some may take a chapter, others a paragraph, and most will be no more than a scribbled note in the margins, someday, you’ll meet someone who will become so integral to your life, you’ll put their name in the title.” - Beau Taplin/Life Stories Finding the title character as part of the LGBT community isn’t the easiest. The traditional maxim is that love is a battlefield. In reality, the politics involved can mean dating is sometimes more akin to House of Cards. Reading the article, ‘Dating at Business School: The Myths and Realities’ (published by The Harbus in December 2015), I felt that while some barriers to finding romance on campus universally applied, the perspective of the LGBT community needed to be voiced. What follows is a reflection of the realities as experienced by several members of the male gay community. It is not all encompassing, but it is a start – I would encourage more members of the community to speak up. Campus is supposed to be a safe space, and yet the below collage of dating experiences is being published on the condition of anonymity and with some aspects of the stories modified to protect identity.
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