Valentine's Day is always highly divisive. Simultaneously promoted as a time to shower your romantic partner in affection, and decried as a marketing scheme by Big Greeting Card to rake in upwards of 19 billion dollars a year, many of us have mixed feelings about how to celebrate this holiday. It can be hard to avoid feeling forced to participate, especially when you do care about expressing love. In recent years I've seen an upswing in alternative forms of Valentine's Day celebrations - galentine's day and its gender-nonspecific sibling, palentine's day - which I think speaks to the side of Valentine's Day that does draw us in. Folks love to share love.
In the queer and trans community, where we spend a lot of time dismantling hetero- and cisnormative relationship expectations, love takes many forms. In an effort to approach Valentine's Day from a different angle, to uplift and celebrate that element of love and care at its heart, I spoke to some members of the local community about their relationships with love.
Thank you to everyone who gave their thoughts! The power and magic of queer love can never be overstated, and I'm honoured that these folks were willing to share a piece of that spirit.
Whatever your relationship with love and Valentine's Day, I hope that you receive all the community and care you need to feel loved and appreciated today ❤