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Columbus Pride Submissions: Jake Hanley

Columbus Pride Submissions: Jake Hanley

614now Staff

The LGBTQ+ community is strong, powerful, seen and heard here in Columbus. And 614 wanted to take the month of PRIDE and give the cover section over to our loud and proud LGBTQ+ Columbus crowd with their unedited copy, poems, art, photos, stories, and more about their experience here in the capital city. From love to heartbreak and everything in between, you get to hear directly from the people who make up this vibrant group about how they view the world and their place in it. Start flipping the pages to check out what the folks living happily and PRIDE-fully here in Central Ohio have to say. Happy PRIDE month, Columbus!

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By Jake Hanley

We are no doubt in a time of technology, and dating technology is everywhere! For so long, there has been a stigma attached to online dating, but the times are changing and it’s becoming less stigmatized. During the Covid pandemic, tons of people turned to dating apps in search of any sort of connection with someone. 

Pre-COVID, in 2016, my boyfriend and I met on Tinder and had zero expectations that a spark or even a relationship would come of it. We were both exhausted from the dating apps we had tried and the failed attempts at something meaningful. Everyone said that nothing will ever come out of those dating apps but there was something different this time, something just worked for us. 4 and a half years later we are happily together and excited for our future.

There will always be human connection, but how we get that human connection is constantly changing. As long as we are open, and embrace the change, we will find our way. Cheers, and happy Pride month to an ever-changing path to finding love and happiness! 

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