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[Related: The Quad: Dashew Center’s speed dating event offers space to meet new people] Weingarten said the center made sure to use gender-inclusive language on materials so nonbinary students would feel welcome.
Cheng, a third-year electrical engineering student who identifies as lesbian, advertised the event on social media because she was concerned not enough women would attend to make the speed dating work.
Club representatives rotated around tables and engaged in conversations guided by a set of questions.
Many of the clubs represented were cultural awareness and community service organizations.
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.
She only tells close friends about her sexuality, but saw at the event more than 20 friends to whom she was not out, she said.
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.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.
Feliciano was an assistant Opinion editor in the 2015-2016 school year.