LGBTQ-Friendly Valentines Day Ideas

Walk into any retail store and you know the countdown to Valentine’s Day has begun.  The shelves are stocked with cards, decorations, and lots and lots of candy. If you are a member of the LGBTQ community, the holiday, long been recognized as a day of love, is not always easy to celebrate.

Societal Norms Dominate Valentine’s Day

While we, as a community, have made great strides in achieving equality and acceptance over the years, for some reason holiday celebrations still seem to be geared toward those who identify as heterosexual.  We simply are not always recognized on this day of romance.

As a result of this exclusion, combined with the fact that many still struggle with sharing their identity and, as such, their relationships, Valentine’s Day can be difficult to navigate, much less celebrate.

Meaningful Ways to Celebrate

Just because it may be difficult or uncomfortable to celebrate the holiday conventionally, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t celebrate at all.  In fact, there are several meaningful and fun things you can do.  Consider some of these ideas for February 14, 2021.

Create Cards

It’s no secret that the selection of LGBTQ Valentine’s Cards is lacking, especially when compared with the overall inventory.  Don’t let that stop you!  If you are crafty, pull out your art supplies, and if not, open up a document on your computer.  Take the time to create cards that celebrate your identity and those of who you love! There is an abundance of stickers available for sale that you can use to decorate!

Celebrate Your Friends

If you are uncomfortable just thinking about the holiday, chances are your frienda are as well.  Consider planning a small get together for a group of your LGBTQ friends to enjoy the holiday and honor the relationships you have with each other.  Your friends will likely be relieved to have safe and fun plans and you will get to spend the evening with people you enjoy!

Donate Your Time

Valentine’s Day is the perfect day to give back to the community. Consider volunteering for an LGBTQ cause on this day.  And, consider our youth. If we, as adults, struggle with the holiday imagine how difficult it is for younger people. The Trevor Project, which provides crisis intervention services to LGBTQ youth, is always looking for volunteers.  Or, help closer to home by donating your time to a local LGBTQ organization.

Plan a Date Night

Yes, we did just say how difficult the holiday can be.  So, instead of going out for dinner, stay home, and celebrate with your significant other.  Plan and fun and sexy evening complete with your favorite food and drinks.  And, consider spicing up the night with some fun V-day purchases.

You Do You

Because this holiday can be challenging, what is most important is that you spend the day doing something that makes you feel good.  Whether it’s one of the suggestions shared above, time with your family, or even an evening watching your favorite Netflix show, take the time to plan something that makes you smile. 

At the same time, keep in mind that those you know and love may be struggling too.  Don’t hesitate to reach out; don’t leave your friends behind.

Happy Valentine’s Day from Rainbow Depot 

At Rainbow Depot, a gay-owned and operated business, we understand that our clients recognize Valentine’s Day in a variety of ways.  That said, we are always happy to lend a hand and help make your celebration just a little more special!  Whether you are spending the day with your family, your friends, or a special someone, know that we are sending lots of love your way!