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Gay Dating Tips: Introducing a New Partner to Your Family.

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Introducing your new gay or lesbian partner to your family can be stressful! Here are a four tips for making the introduction process in a gay and lesbian relationship process in the LGBT community easier.

The start of any relationship can be fun and exciting! As you get to know each other, the next natural step is usually getting to know each other’s family. Dating as a gay couple can often pose new factors into the dating process. This process can sometimes be a bit stressful, especially if this is your first gay or lesbian partner being introduced to family. There are ways to make this introduction go more smoothly. Healthy relationships grow based on how you nurture them, both within your relationship as a couple and how you relate to each other’s family.

There are many ways to prepare for an initial family encounter with a new gay or lesbian partner.

Four tips that can help gay and lesbian couples dating in the LGBT community include:

Make the first meeting a personal one.

While it might seem like a good idea to introduce your partner to the entire family at the same time, it might be easier on them if you do it bit by bit. This might also be good for your family as well. For instance, consider having your girlfriend only meet your parents first. Then later, have her meet your siblings. Each meeting will be a bit easier for everyone!

Use the first family encounter as a way to get to know each other.

Have your boyfriend meet your family in an event that is non-threatening. Consider hosting a low-key dinner party together. This could set the stage for an evening that is low in stress and intimate enough to allow conversations for building healthy family relationships. The more your partner gets to know your family, the better he will be able to relate to your family. 

Do your homework.

Ask your partner about their family members. Getting some inside information on how the family dynamics work will give you a heads up as to what to expect at your first family function. Because each family is different in how they interact, doing your homework will mentally prepare you for what to expect when you finally meet your boyfriend’s friends and family!

Be on your best behavior.

Because many families are not used to meeting a new gay or lesbian partner, your best bet is to be on your best behavior! The better impression your partner’s family gets of you, the more smooth family relationships will be in the future. Healthy family relationships make for healthy dating or romantic relationships, whether in the LGBT community or not!

Have you met your partner’s family yet? How did that go? If not, how will you prepare?


Lilia Lot
Posted on Sep 20, 2012
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