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Can we fall in love again?

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

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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

“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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