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Cutest Couples of 2012 Top 11

Top 11 Couples What a contest this was! Congratulations to Gianna and Stefan who got over 1,400 “likes” on Facebook, our second couple Yhin and Ivane with over 1,100 “likes” and Nancy, Avery and PJ the kitten with over 650 “likes”. We were literally shocked by this incredible outpouring of attention we’ve gotten from this contest. So much that we extended prizes to Ivane, Yhin, Nancy, Avery, and PJ as well!

1st Prize Gianna and Stefan

  • Bulls tickets
  • $50 Visa Gift Card
  • Early to Bed Gift Basket

2nd Prize: Yhin and Ivane

  • Bulls tickets
  • $50 Visa Gift Card

3rd Prize: Nancy, Avery and PJ

  • $50 Visa Gift Card

We were particularly surprised by all the heterosexual couples that submitted their photo. We use “heterosexual” loosely because we didn’t ask if these couples identify in the LGBTQ umbrella. People come in all shapes, colors, and orientations but what brought this group together is LOVE. Take a look at our Top 11 loving couples. Let’s celebrate LOVE everyday, not just today. Thank you to all who voted and participated! We can’t wait for next year.

Gianna and Stefan – Our Cutest Couple of 2012 and Straight Allies

Gianna and Stefan - The L Stop's Cutest Couple of 2012
In their own words – Gianna:

Though we are a straight couple, we both believe everyone deserves to find happiness like we have. If that so happens to be through ones sexual orientation, all the more power. We firmly stand by our beliefs and are willing to stand up for those who want to find happiness. By becoming more conscious of what is happening in society about gay rights and spreading the word when appropriate has always been our contribution for LGBTQ awareness and will be our continuing service. Also, introducing the L Stop community to all of our Facebook friends who did not know it existed has extended the word about this wonderful organization. We intend on being proud supporters of The L Stop and LGBTQ communities for many years to come.

Their love story

Stefan and Gianna have been together for over one year. Fate and mutual friends brought them together one night and the rest was history. Away at separate Universities, Stefan- an aspiring doctor and pilot, and Gianna- studying business, only get to see each other every other weekend. They believe their distance makes their hearts and love for one another grow stronger. When they do getto spend time together, Stefan always finds new and exciting ways to spruce their relationship by taking Gianna on fun and surprising dates. Gianna has a sweet personality is always appreciative of the creative and spontaneous ideas Stefan creates. Stefan and Gianna both complete one another and cannot wait until they can see each other every day after they both graduate.

Yhin and Ivane

Our Cutest Lesbian Couple – Winning Photo
Yhin and Ivane

Yhin and Ivane

Yhin and Ivan with their love Pnutt!

Included in this photo is our baby Pnutt. He is the love of our life. Without him, we wouldn’t be as complete as we are now.

We enjoy motorcycle rides, snowboarding and skiing, or just hanging out, making music,and cooking. We have a very simple yet crazy life. We still have a long way to go and we make sure every moment counts. We are still madly in love with each other and that is surely enough to make us happy for Valentine’s day.

Nancy and Avery

Our Third Cutest Couple – Winning Photo
Nancy and Avery (and PJ the Kitten)
Their story
Nancy and Avery are shameless do-gooders. They like to open doors for people with groceries and are the first to give up their seats to the elderly. In their free time, they’re starting a counter-recruitment group on the Northside to provide alternatives to the military for high school students. If you’re interested, contact them via facebook. In the meantime, here’s a video of them playing music together.

From Nancy to us
This is how you made me feel today, a quote for dailygood.org:
“We’ve heard it said that this day — which once belonged to a legendary saint in whose wake loving deeds flowed like a river — was hijacked so many years ago by corporations looking to cash in on a beautiful state-of-the-heart technology. They who strode in preaching a catchy new religion: I love therefore I buy. And maybe we bought it. At any rate we’ve been blaming them ever since. Why give them so much attention? This time around why not make this day about something more than either cliched consumerism or ritual ranting … why not attempt a daring coup? Maybe all it requires is for you and me to listen deeply — to ourselves. Because sometimes just listening to your heart can be a revolutionary act. What if we all started? Now. Perhaps we might start a trickle of loving deeds that grows into a river … and somewhere an old saint will smile.”

Jenae and Nicki

Their love story – When Puff met Brownie: A tale of 2 relationship tools

Puffalump, Puff for short, had always been alone. Puff never minded as long as his mom was there for cuddles and good music was around for him to dance to. Puff was so happy in his own little world he never realized there was much for him to see. It had been awhile since he had seen his mom and he missed her dearly, so the next time she came home to grab different panties or a skin care product he spoke up and said “MAAAAAOOMMM! I wanna go with you this time! Its no fun here alone, there is nobody to dance with!!!” Puff’s mom was quite startled. Not because he spoke, but because she had almost abandoned her friend of 27 years. Quickly she packed Puff up and made the short trek to where she had been hiding. On the trip there, Puff explained that he googled what “Uhauling” was and that he was advising against it.
Cute
They climbed up the stairs, turned the borrowed key in the door and was greeted by none other than a Brown Bear named Brownie and his mom! Puff had heard of brown bears, (I mean he DID have puffbook) but he had never been in the home of one. Brownie said with a grin“Awww man! You’re too cute to be mean to. I was going to get territorial, ‘cause that’s what bears do, but you’re all perfect and well, you should stay here and be my brother forever!!” Puff was overjoyed!! So happy in fact he started to do The Tootsie Roll! (because you know, the butterfly is old? ) The next few months were filled with happiness for Puff. He learned a lot about stuffed life from Brownie. This is surprisingly similar to thug life. So much so that Puff has suggested matching stitched belly tattoos. He has even gotten to travel to other countries with one or the other of his moms when they were on business!! How many Puffalumps do YOU know that have seen Warhol originals at The Tate? And Music? There was always music. Sometimes different music in different rooms!! He could even dance in front of his new mom’s camera and record videos for you tube!

Puff had always wanted a family and that is exactly what he got. And although that family has two moms that work too much, and a brother Bear that may or may not drink too much fermented honey, he knows it could be worse. I mean, his last name COULD be Santorum.

Who they are
Jenae is a Boutique Specialist, Cultural Curator and founder of The Chicago Dirty Girls. She has hosted lesbian and queer events for the last 10 years. Upcoming events include her birthday gala hosted by Whitney Mixter (The Real L Word) 2/23 & The Chicago Michfest

http://chicagodirtygirl.tumblr.com/ https://www.facebook.com/#!/Chidirtygirl

Nicki (DJ Narz) is Columbia’s premier On-Air Talent/ Producer for 88.1 WCRXFM Chicago’s Underground. Narz DJ’s with The Emports and The Chicago Dirty Girls. She currently finished a documentary about her recent coverage of Iceland Airwaves, the annual showcases for new music – Icelandic and otherwise – in the world.
www.twitter.com/djnarz http://djnarz.tumblr.com/

Stacy and Rebecca

Stacy and Rebecca In their own words:
From Rebecca: I never realized that I could ever be as happy as I am with Stacy.  Every morning that I wake up next to her, I can’t believe how lucky I am. Stacy and I met under less than perfect circumstances.  She stood by me even though it was so much easier to run away.  Every moment I am with her, is the greatest second of my life.  We were married just after civil unions were declared legal.  We had every intention of having a cermony regardless of current marriage inequality, but timing couldn’t have been better.  Nothing about marriage is easy, but at the end of the day, we are still always holding eachother.

From Stacy: When I first met Rebecca at the high school we both worked at on the South Side, I was completely nervous and awkward.  Luckily Rebecca was (and continues to be) extremely charming, and she made it easy to fall in love with her.  Having served in Iraq and dedicated her life to education after her return, it’s really impossible not to love her. Ask anyone : )

Between the two of us, we have worked at 4 schools in Chicago, starting GSAs at 3 of them.  Helping expose our students to LGBT issues and introducing them to our community has been one of the most rewarding things about our jobs.  We both believe that it is our resposibility to be open with our students, because everyone needs positive gay role models in their lives.

Julie and Jackie

Julie and Jackie Their story
Julie and Jackie have been together for 6 years! They met through mutual friends a long time ago. The picture is of the couple about to cross the finish line at the 2011 Chicago Marathon. They were at the 25 mile mark and their friend snapped a photo. They train together for many races throughout the year. They keep each other in check! Julie inspires Jackie every single day.

Macie Roman and Wife

Macie and Wife
In their own words:
My wife and I are into extreme couponing. Dont think I remember the last time I paid full price for any shampoo, conditioner, laundry detergent ect. I try to donate as much as possible.

Kelly and Cassie

Kelly and Cassie Kelly Calderone is a proud Special Olympic Coach and on March 4th she is going to jump into Lake Michigan to raise awareness and funds for Special Olympic Chicago.

Cassie Wolgamott works in theatre and it currently stage managing Steppenwolf’s production of “fml: how Carson McCullers saved my life.” The play chronicles the inspirational story of Jo, a high school junior from LaGrange IL, as she negotiates what it means to be queer at the age of 16. When Jo becomes the victim of a violent gay-bashing incident at school, the trust and faith she once had in her classmates and community are put to the test.

The piece explores the often forgotten struggle of knowing you’re gay at a young age, and the tribulations associated with finding oneself – a subject that audiences of all sexual orientation will undoubtedly be able to relate. It’s an important piece to both of us, and we hope you can make it (Tickets can be found at steppenwolf.org)
In their own words:
From Cassie: I never thought I’d find anyone as patient, respectful and willing to find the good in people as I am. Kelly is a great person, someone who is always on my side, and I’m so lucky to have found her! From Kelly: I have never been happier, Cassie brings out the life in me! And to
respectfully quote Dan savage ” it does get better!” They’ve been together for 8 months. They met during high school, however the remained acquainted through Facebook. They went to a high school reunion and got together. Also, in the past they found themselves continuously running into one another. After a few years they got the hint that fate wanted them together. What keeps them together? Laughter and love!

Liz and Kim

Kim and Liz Who they are
Liz is a member of the Chicago Force, women’s tackle football team. Pumped for the 2012 season, you can find MORE pictures of Liz and her teammates in 2012 calendar (buy yours at http://chicagoforcefootball.com/news.asp?id=152).

Kim is a  die-hard Force fan, and can be found at games rocking a mohawk and giant red Force fist! Come see the Force in action, the first home game is April 21st. Kim is a sign language interpreter for a suburban school district. She loves the freedom her career offers. She gets to be silly with pre-school students one moment and mentally challenge high school students the next. Kim can normally be found after school in the field house coaching. Kim is the PB to Liz’s J. We’ll be sticking together!

Krys Tyn and Mary Rose

Krys Tyn and Mary Rose In their own words, from Mary:
“In the summer of 2010, my good friend Justina would always talk about this client of hers who she thought would be perfect for me. The occasional bad seeds that we are, admittedly had reputations of being “heart breakers”. Hair stylists are often considered therapists, and with the bi weekly visits justina had with krystyn it made it apparent that we were a match. Around September this so called client added me on facebook and we immediately started chatting.

When Halloween came around, Justina suggested krystyn come to see me because she wasn’t familiar on how to cut and style a pompadour. The night I did her hair was the first time we officially met. The second I saw her there was an attraction right away and once we started talking an instant connection. The girl loves gorey flicks, food and the weirdest things that you could imagine, her and I are both into. On top of that our taste in music is identical.

The night she took me to Simones for rockabilly, I knew I needed to keep her. Over the past year, I admit our relationship has been rough. There has been plenty of ups and downs to the point that we took a break. After a couple of months krystyn found me and we settled our differences and decided to reconnect.

Although, our relationship hasn’t been typical we are now happier than ever and act as though we are married. We shoot pool together, watch movies on her vcr and she cooks dinner and I wash dishes. Our future plans are to get a sphynx cat to start our family and since she’s a dog groomer and I’m a hair stylist we hope to be that ultimate power couple and open a salon of our own.”

Jess and Peg

Jess and Peg Their story
They have been together for 2 years and 8 months. They met through a mutual friend in Lafayette, Indiana but are both from the Chicago area. They now know that if they can survive together in a small town in Indiana, they can get through anything that life hands them while they are on their journey getting back home to Chicago!

Who they are
Jess is an artist and art teacher in Lafayette, IN and Peg is a shipping clerk and student. They visit Chicago as often as they can until hopefully moving back for good this summer, as long as Jess can find a teaching job! They love doing new things together and spending time with their rescue cat/fury daughter, Squeaky!

Jess and Peg have volunteered together for Pride Lafayette, the local LBGTQ center in town. Peg is a drag king in the local clubs and has even performed as a headliner for OUT Fest, Lafayette’s version of Pride, for the past two years!

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34 Responses to “Cutest Couples of 2012 Top 11”

  1. Congrats to the gorgeous couples and to the L-stop for this terrific celebration of love.

    Posted by Happy Duck | February 14, 2012, 3:16 pm
  2. My favorite part is that the winning guy belongs to a group called ” I was shocked when i realized ‘woman’ spelled backwards is ‘Kitchen’!

    No wait. That’s my least favorite part. It’s so awesome that a misogynist heterosexual male won the top cutest couple prize on a lesbian website.

    My second least favorite part is the fact that it was obviously won by creating false profiles–just in the first ten, there’s “Inequality Rattlesnake,” “Individualism Robbins,” “Jobbing Lucius,” and “Spirogyra Ratiocinate.”

    If you don’t think that queer women will notice this and lose respect for your site, think again. I’m certainly done supporting you–I see an utter lack of integrity in this contest.

    Posted by Marika | February 14, 2012, 3:36 pm
  3. I agree with Marika. It doesn’t make sense for a straight couple to win a cutest couple contest on a lesbian website. Straight couples are given enough of a platform to see their love and cuteness elsewhere (ie as in, every magazine, tv show, popular movies, commercials, advertisements, and.. everywhere else, also in their ability to publicly display affection without harassment), they should have the respect and self-awareness to not intrude upon lesbian spaces.

    Posted by Alec | February 14, 2012, 4:18 pm
  4. “they should have the respect and self-awareness to not intrude upon lesbian spaces.”

    That makes sense. Lesbian and straight people should not be allowed int he same competitions! They’re different right?! Oh wait they’re the same. No difference between straight couples and gay couples and you should cut the ignorance. As far as the kid being in the facebook group, I’m sure that was a joke and he doesn’t actually believe that women spelled backwards is kitchen. You all need to loosen up your ass holes and chill the fuck out.

    Posted by Louis | February 14, 2012, 6:00 pm
  5. I agree with the two previous comments. I don’t really believe this couple issue straight allies – they both just “liked” the Facebook page for the L stop in February. I never saw them posting that they wanted to “spread the message of the l stop” – it’s all just saving face at this point. They were ridiculous for entering a lesbian website’s cutest couple contest and for basically trying to win bulls tickets I’m sure. Give the community whose love doesn’t get traditionally recognized everyday a chance to win by not even entering. That’s an ally.

    Posted by Rachel | February 14, 2012, 7:27 pm
  6. “loosen up your ass holes”

    Awesome. Just great. We’re all
    Ignorant and we need to loosen up our ass holes. Listen up ladies.

    Posted by Sara | February 14, 2012, 7:31 pm
  7. Wow! Everyone take a step back for a minute. Thi is something The L Stop did as a fun, cute, contest. All anyone was Bulls tickets…not the right to Marry. Alas, I’m not happy that a straight cpl won, but maybe we women needed to get the word out better. And yes, those who voted for the first couple have VERY suspicious almost “bot-like” names but, who am I to judge. NEVER will I stand behind any organization ESPECIALLY a gay organization who believes in reverse descrimination. I DON’T WANT TO BE SEPERATE and equal. that’s not equal. A revere bigot is a bigot just the same…don’t hate, love. Lead by example, be the better person. I’m sure next time the fine print will be longer and have more distinct rules but the L Stop I hope never caves to anyone who thinks descrimination and judging others is cool.

    Posted by Meg | February 14, 2012, 7:34 pm
  8. Preposterous. They’re story was pretty lame in comparison to other, and far more, heart warming stories. Way to make fake profile, parade as an Allie and get bulls tickets bros!!!

    Posted by Sammy | February 14, 2012, 9:11 pm
  9. So many typos from my fueled irritation o.o. I digress.

    Posted by Sammy | February 14, 2012, 9:14 pm
  10. Meg – “don’t hate,love. Lead by example, be a better person” (LOVE IT, THANK YOU)

    It’s V’s day people. Go out and treat yourself with LOVE! STOP WITH THE HATE. We need less of that in the world and btw The LSTOP team had do soooo much good and this is just a cute little contest that we do for fun. Look at what The LStop stand for, look at what we have accomplish so far. We stand for Unity, love, compassion, non judgmental now lets move on. We have so much more good things and love to do in our community. I back The LStop 100%! KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK TEAM!

    Samantha Hamilton

    Posted by samantha hamilton | February 14, 2012, 9:25 pm
  11. I think that with a contest labeled “Cutest Couple” they should allow anyone. I think it would have been ok to have a “Cutest Lesbian Couple Contest” but lots of queer women (including those in relationships with other queer women) don’t necessarily identify as a lesbian or as a lesbian couple. Plus, I think that leaves out a lot of couples with trans men or gender queer people in them who may be a part of dyke community more broadly but aren’t/don’t identify as lesbians. And I think policing pictures (do they look like heteros or lesbians) would definitely not be the right way to go. If they were to have an “exclusive” contest, it would have to be by allowing people to self idnetify (by submitting their pictures) rather than by deciding whether a couple looked lesbian or not. You people who want to stop supporting a website that is working for positive change are just more examples of why positive change doesn’t happen quickly or easily.

    Posted by Happy Duck | February 14, 2012, 9:53 pm
  12. But the couple that won wasn’t lgbtq identified or gender queer were they? They self identified as straight. And what is with the whole “you people” rhetoric Happy Duck? Once again, what about the Argument about the meetup groups like Sapphic adventures that state that “men and heterosexual women are not permitted in this group” – isn’t that the same thing? What about Ebony magazine having a hot couple list without permitting couples of other races? Is that reverse discrimination and ignorant and short sites
    And “exclusive”? The sad reality is, two women do not have the same recognition in society or in the eyes of the law as straight couples. It is what it is. It’s not about exclusion. It’s about honestly, and letting people in a community feel recognized and normal and accepted. And I wish a queer couple had that opportunity and not a straight couple because straight couples get that everyday. And the couple
    That did not create fake Facebook accounts should
    Have won fair and square anyways.

    Posted by Sara | February 14, 2012, 10:13 pm
  13. How would everyone who is complaining have run the contest?

    What rules would you have installed to make sure “fake accounts” weren’t created?

    How could this have been better without hurting the overall mission of this website?

    A couple 20 year old kids who win a prize because they both have 1,000+ facebook friends, this isn’t the end of the world, it’s not even a surprise. Whether or not they understood it before, the kids now understand what the L-stop stands for and I am hopeful, yes hopeful not sure, that they will share that message with at least a few other people. If that process can continue gradually the potential for growth is limitless. That is how messages get spread. That is grassroots. That is change.

    “You people” is in reference to people who want to stop supporting the L-stop over a contest they threw.

    I don’t think any place that is searching for acceptance and attempting to stop discrimination should seek exclusion, ever. Sapphic adventures is irrelevant in this conversation because they don’t seek to include a group of people besides themselves. If the L-stop doesn’t want any male followers or straight followers then that might change the story, as far as I understand they want any followers who are sensitive to the needs and goals of the larger community. Ebony magazine makes no effort to help the black community gain acceptance in white dominated American society. Ebony is purely about pride, as far as I know The L-STOP IS ABOUT SO MUCH MORE! (Yes I actually used caps to make a point, there is a first time for everything, even awful technique.)

    If everyone was so worked up and it meant so much to this community to have a lesbian couple win, people could have easily all voted for one female/female couple.The couple won because they had the most votes and there is no way to prove they did anything wrong. Check the rules of the contest again before saying somebody didn’t do something fair and square.

    How do you know the second place couple didn’t create fake accounts?

    How do you know they are queer?

    When judging based simply on the pictures and the short write-ups, the second place couple looks as if they could easily be heterosexual too.

    This contest was not billed as a place for only lgbtq identified or gender queer people, it was billed as an open contest for a “cutest couple”. In all reality the queer couples all had the same chance as the heterosexual couples. All people had to do was network, the winning picture had 1,400+ votes. With simple facebook and G+ networking I could have had 5,000 votes in one day. We live in the modern world and people weren’t folding up little slips of paper. This website has over 3,000 likes on facebook, if half those people had voted for one couple they would have beat the heteros hands down. Nobody got cheated, a bunch of people just lost. All this complaining is not about something that the L-stop did wrong, it is years of pain from people having been hurt by homophobia and heteronormativity. We must remember, L-stop is working to change these things…

    Again I ask, what rules would you have instituted to make
    sure this contest had a winner you were happy with?

    Posted by Happy Duck | February 14, 2012, 10:56 pm
  14. The l stop said the second couple was “the cutest lesbian couple” – so it wasn’t inferring from the picture.

    Posted by Jen | February 14, 2012, 11:06 pm
  15. Cutest LGBTQ couple contest

    Posted by Sara | February 14, 2012, 11:17 pm
  16. @JEN, Yes, it says that now under their names, they did not say that during the voting. At the time there was no way to tell other than by looking or knowing them.

    @SARA, Then all the winning couple would have had to do was decide they were Bi and they still would have won. You’re the one who is saying they weren’t playing fair and square, what makes you believe they wouldn’t have done that?

    Posted by Happy Duck | February 15, 2012, 12:05 am
  17. I don’t understand the big deal! We want equality don’t we, well I do! When the l stop posted for entries they said “cutest couple contest” not anything else! So what that the winners were straight; it shouldn’t matter, they shouldn’t have to lie about their orientations. I mean it’s 2012, are we really arguing about differences! Look at the greatness that came out of Gianna and Stefan winning; we gained allies! I think it says alot about our community and how accepting we are that allies won! I think it’s great that they won, I voted for them and I was in the contest as well! Equality, is that too much to accept?

    Posted by KellyCal | February 15, 2012, 12:36 am
  18. From reading these comments, I am bothered and lost and I’m not sure what this bickering is now all about. Is it about the straight couple winning? Is it about how they won or is it about why straight couples are in this contest? What is this really about?

    I would not say anything about this contest if a straight, gay, or whatever type of couple won because from that moment they announced this contest, I knew that this was open to the public and I was totally fine with that. I love my straight, gay and transgender friends. But..

    Since the “2nd place couple” has been included on this and just in case you were wondering, I would like to let everyone know that number 1, yes WE ARE A LESBIAN COUPLE and number 2, all the “likes” we got were from “real people.” I don’t have 1,000 friends. I have 600. My girlfriend has over 500. We did not create fake accounts. We have friends that have friends, and those friends have friends and so on. We shared our photo to every group or every influential person we know. We did “NETWORKING” big time! That’s how we honestly did it. That’s how we worked for it because we believe in HONESTY and playing it fair and square. Had I known that it was okay to create fake accounts or use “bots” or whatever, we should have just done it the easy way – use “bots” to generate 500 or 1,000 likes in one day. I know. I looked it up online as I was curious how it could be possible to jump from 400 likes to 900 to 1,400 likes in one day, with only “1 share” and tagging only 2 people. If not for those bots, we could have been in 1st place judging from the results. (Am I right on this one, or what?)

    If we were in 1st place, I’m pretty sure questions would pop up like “how the hell did they get 1,000 votes?” or “are they a straight couple or what?” See, people wouldn’t be so happy about it too but go ahead and look at the people who liked our pics and compare it to the fictitious characters on the other one and you tell me how we got all those votes.

    Please see next paragraph. =)

    That’s the part that didn’t make sense to me, but since we’re getting the same prize as the “1st place couple,” I guess I’m good.

    Me and Yhin still would like to thank L Stop and all our friends who supported us on this. We are glad that people heard our little love story and knew more about us through this contest.

    I hope that the next contest would be more organized to avoid any of these problems. We all make mistakes and we should learn from this experience. Let us collect ourselves and start over again. Peace and love!

    Posted by IVANE | February 15, 2012, 2:19 am
  19. Wow……..what mixed reviews….well I am a LESBIAN and I entered this contest, and truly I am thankful to have been given the opportunity to enter. I thought there was something fishy when I nocticed that in less than 24 hrs someone had 544 likes!!!! I was blown away and asked if there was any way to rig this contest due to the numbers…( MAN I SWEAR I HUSTLED!!!!) and my numbers where just not there…lol….L Stop responded that part of the reason why they did the contest on fb was so that it would be impossible to rig, but I guess anything is possible. Again I am just thankful to have been a part of it. BTW to me they werent just bulls tickets, to me they where BULLS TICKETS!!!!!

    Posted by Macie~N~Chris | February 15, 2012, 7:32 am
  20. Bottom line – RULES need to be put into place when having ANY type of contest!!!! Oh, Happy Duck – stop making this political, sit back, close your eyes and imagine a group of women wanting to have a special moment within a community!!

    Posted by Terri Mitrano | February 15, 2012, 8:07 am
  21. It’s a new day. Celebrate it. Haters keep on hating because lovers keep on loving. And I’ve never had as much fun with a hater as I have a lover!!! Next topic! What’s happening for Saint Patrick’s Day!!!???

    Posted by Meg | February 15, 2012, 9:16 am
  22. OK Terri, men should stay away, I get your point.

    Posted by Happy Duck | February 15, 2012, 12:21 pm
  23. And if it’s not political it must be religious because those are the only two things people get this upset about.

    Posted by Happy Duck | February 15, 2012, 12:26 pm
  24. It has nothing to do with men, gays, straight people, old people, kids, black , white or anything else. My point was that sometimes we (as in anyone – don’t get crazy now) sometimes need something special to call our (again – could mean anyone) own!

    Posted by Terri Mitrano | February 15, 2012, 1:16 pm
  25. Terri you said women very specifically…

    Posted by Confused Duck | February 15, 2012, 1:22 pm
  26. Look I’m not gonna get into this with you, especially with you hiding behind AKA duck names! Everyone who knows me, knows I am passionate about my lifestyle and that I love all people, ALL!
    ps – I don’t eat duck, but in this case I may have to start…………lol (its a joke, relax!)

    Posted by Terri Mitrano | February 15, 2012, 1:31 pm
  27. Maybe it’s my old age, but a straight identified couple winning the cutest couple contest on a lesbian website doesn’t bother me. I can see why community members are upset and disappointed, but ultimately we had a lot of wonderful people join the contest. I had fun reading every couples story, and we got to celebrate the existance of so many adorable couples in our community. I’m glad we have this public space allowas people to vent their frustration and dialogue about these issues. That’s the important part for me.

    Posted by Kim | February 15, 2012, 2:19 pm
  28. Also, maybe people are just disappointed that a straight couple decide to enter the contest to begin with and then (as it appears) were dishonest and cheated to win (as referenced by many comments about the bots, only 1 share on Facebook, no friends tagged and seemingly fake profile names). So perhaps the real issues is exactly that – lack of rules and fine print in the contest versus having to make judgement calls after the contest was underway.

    And yes, people were upset that a minority with less rights and less recognition of their love/relationships in society and in the eyes of the law – didn’t get represented on this website that calls itself the guide for everything lesbian in Chicago.

    Yes, it is a “silly” little contest, but I think for some people it represented more.

    Posted by Mary | February 15, 2012, 3:03 pm
  29. Cooper Thompson = All Ducks

    I wasn’t hiding, I was one of the first people to comment on this site and I picked a name. I had no idea that everybody would use their real names. Usually when commenting on public websites people don’t use their real names. I am sorry if that made people think I was “hiding”

    Posted by Cooper Thompson | February 15, 2012, 4:25 pm
  30. Hey, if the way this contest inspired people to speak up could just transition to people getting involved in helping speak in the name of legalizing gay marriage in IL we’d have the damn bill passed by now! Ha ha.

    Posted by Meg | February 15, 2012, 5:50 pm
  31. Meg, I agree %100…

    Posted by Cooper Thompson | February 15, 2012, 6:18 pm
  32. The worst part of it is – no matter who came in first place — the couple that won appears to have cheated. Look at the names of all the bots that liked their photo. Over half of them are fake bot profiles with female model stock photos that generate likes. If you click on the profiles, they simply “like” different random pages all day. I would be just as disappointed if a lesbian couple who won did the same thing!
    Check out this facebook “profiles” – it’s so suspicious that they all “liked” Hair Republic | Salon in Ottawa in the same day.
    Allannah Debilitate
    Stoat Portage
    Bigotry Mammoth
    Decker Fitting
    Masculine Renoir
    Pressure Davina
    Loretta Jurisprudential
    Adenoma Handful
    Interrogate Anglicanism
    Demurrer Hellbender
    Inexpensive Skinflint
    Joetta Artifact
    Pungent Blink
    Tradesmen Tradeoff
    Hoarfrost Iniquity
    Fisticuff Ankle
    Preamble Windowsill
    Satiable Discipline

    And hundreds of others just like it. So congrats to the second place couple for not using these bot profiles to generate likes and winning by networking and posting and sharing through their friends!

    Posted by Christy | February 15, 2012, 7:36 pm
  33. Christy – you said it woman – thanks for the post.

    Posted by Kathy | February 16, 2012, 6:50 am

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