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Can we fall in love again?

Members of the LGBT community share stories and memories about past loves

Members of the LGBT community share stories and memories about past loves

“Love does not consist of gazing at each other, but in looking outward together in the same direction.” – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

We had opposing political views. I was conservative; my ex was liberal. We fought over reading certain newspapers and for one of us owning a copy of an autobiography by a former president. Our four-year relationship ended because of former presidents. Now, I wish I could ask me ex why political stances matter so much, when we are all just ordinary, tax-paying citizens. – C, who now admires former President Roh

“We were so young and loved each other so much.” – Olivia Hussey

We were in our 20’s when we met for the first time online. We had a one-night stand and eventually got into a relationship. Maybe it was because of how we started things off, but we fought so much because my ex was cheating on me. Maybe it was just a causal relationship for my ex, but I was pretty serious about it. Even right at this exact moment, I can see my ex’s photo on a dating app because we live relatively close to each other. I open the app, click on the photo, write: “How have you been?” and stare at the send button. – Social app dating addict K

“Deny me and be doomed” – Hedwig

As I’ve been living as a transgender showgirl for more than 10 years, meeting someone and having a relationship has never been easy. But I was (or am) in a relationship for seven years (I still can’t believe this) with someone who would come see me perform as a dancer. Things that aren’t a big deal to others are huge to me and we are one of those on-again, off-again couples. I just grab onto that magical lie of, “I’ll keep you safe,” hoping that this time will be different. – H, who wants a normal and supportive relationship

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“Love is a misunderstanding between two fools.” – Oscar Wilde

My friends wonder why I’m not in a relationship. They say it’s because I’m too picky, but to tell you the truth, I’m still in love with my ex—for three years now. When I first started my long-distance relationship with him, I was confident that I could make it work, no matter how many people gave up on it. But the distance caused us to drift apart. It created a lot of issues and fights, and finally ended our relationship. But I guess love makes everything, including broken hearts, look beautiful, as all I want is to be able to go back in time. I know all too well that it would end for the exact same reason as last time, but I can’t help but want my love back. – Businessman J

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