Before founding my company, Mixology, I worked as a matchmaker in the D. I hear all the time: "dating is so hard," "I feel like I know everyone," "I am so picky." There are so many reasons why LGBT matchmaking is crucial in today's world.
In past years, we've relied on dating websites and hook-up mobile apps.
I have never had an issue meeting new people -- I'm a total extrovert. I worked as a matchmaker for several years, loved what I was doing, loved my clients and the relationships I was building, but realized that since I'm a lesbian, I couldn't hire a matchmaker like myself and my colleagues.
The problem was, I prioritized my professional career and didn't have time to go on dates with numerous people, hoping desperately to meet "my match." The relationships I did have were with women living outside my city, and it was exhausting. I saw a problem, and naturally, came up with the solution.
I quickly realized, unfortunately, that pictures can be deceiving...
which is why a meeting in person is so important when pursuing a relationship.
To connect with Kim or for more information, find her on Twitter, @Kim Rosenberg DC or on Mixology's website,
At H4M, it’s our goal to help gay and lesbian professionals find fulfilling, long-term relationships through private, offline matchmaking.
I have become more open when it comes to selecting who to ask out on a date.
Every date teaches me something new about what I have to offer a potential partner, as well as what's important to me in a long-term partnership.
One reason could be because there just is no good app for queer women.
Mostly-straight dating app Tinder had a projected 20 million active monthly users by April 2015, and gay male dating app Grindr, which on its fifth anniversary in 2014 had over 10 million user downloads, has been thriving for years now, but we have yet to see an app for lesbian and queer women really take off.
And it's not a problem for gay men; about 70 percent of them report dating someone they met online.