Looking for love: Diane's search for gay friend
DIANE* was surprised how quickly she found her best friend and life partner.
At 57, single and gay, she moved to a new town without knowing anyone and then went searching for a partner to share her retirement with.
After doing a bit of shopping around for ideas, including joining a group of women who had formed a gay ladies social golfing group, she made the decision to go online.
"I chose Pink Sofa as I heard it was reputable," Diane said.
She met several new people and in the process met her life partner who she has been with for seven years.
"It changed my life. I am in the best period of my entire life right now because of that. I would certainly recommend it," she said.
Diane has heard of friends using other sites including Lesbians on the Loose.
The other site she knows some of her friends use is RSVP, although she found most people were hesitant to admit they had gone online to find love.
When she went online she decided not to have high expectations and to be honest with her details.
"I wanted to meet friends or a partner who played golf," she said. They also needed to be a dog lover and enjoy a glass of nice red wine.
"Those were the three things I put on my profile that resonated with the partner that I ultimately met," Diane said.
"But, like meeting anybody, you need to vet the responses you get on the website. You have to be patient.
"Sometimes you might think you have wasted time meeting with someone you have nothing in common with.
Diane happily admits she found the whole process entertaining and not onerous.
"It didn't take me long, but I think I was very lucky," Diane added.
(* Name has been changed)