February 9, 2018 at 10:58 am EST | by Staff reports
Blade singles class of 2017 check in
LGBT singles, gay news, Washington Blade

Last year’s LGBT Most Eligible Singles party. (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

GUY ANTHONY

Guy Anthony (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

What is your relationship status now, one year after being named a Blade Most Eligible Single?

I relocated to New York last July and I am still happily single. I met someone after the story ran and we dated for about eight months. It was a wonderful relationship.

How was the experience of being named a Blade Most Eligible Single — did it lead to any dates?

It was wonderful and I actually went on a few dates with guys who actually saw me in the Blade. I felt like Beyonce for a few weeks. Then, sadly, it was back to reality.

Any advice to this year’s winners?

Take full advantage of the discounted drinks at Nellie’s and remember to date often until you find the right person for you. Never feel tempted to settle just because everyone else around you is.

BRITTANY WALSH

Brittany Walsh, gay news, Washington Blade

Brittany Walsh (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

What is your relationship status now, one year after being named a Blade Most Eligible Single?

I’m in a something with a person and that something is open.

If dating someone, where/how did you meet?

Actually the person was a date to the Most Eligible Single event last year but we’d been on a few dates before that.

How was the experience of being named a Blade Most Eligible Single — did it lead to any dates?

It was mostly a good laugh and a bonding experience as it seemed to give my coworkers and anyone I’d meet in community, something to talk about. I like the sass/subtle jabs and pokes that came with it. I think it led to one date.

Any advice to this year’s winners?

I don’t think i’m one for advice but my wish is for the winners to, ya know, take their win seriously and, uh, I wanna see world peace.

ALESIA MICHELLE

Alesia Michelle, gay news, Washington Blade

Alesia Michelle (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

What is your relationship status now, one year after being named a Blade Most Eligible Single?

I am in a relationship.

If dating someone, where/how did you meet?

I met my girlfriend at a Maker’s Lab Beyonce birthday party. She asked me to dance. But things weren’t so simple. I had to ask her at least 20 times to link up before she finally gave me a shot.

How was the experience of being named a Blade Most Eligible Single — did it lead to any dates?

Being named a “Blade Most Eligible Single” was a very cool experience and definitely led to some propositions.

Any advice to this year’s winners?

My advice to the new class of singles is to soak it up. Put yourself out there and try not to pay for your own drinks.

CONSUELLA LOPEZ

Consuella Lopez, gay news, Washington Blade

Consuella Lopez (Photo courtesy of Lopez)

What is your relationship status now, one year after being named a Blade Most Eligible Single?

Still single. Not dating anyone because men aren’t comfortable dating a transgender woman in public.

How was the experience of being named a Blade Most Eligible Single — did it lead to any dates?

No one contacted me for a date.

Any advice to this year’s winners?

If you are transgender and trying to date, go a different route because I’m very confident in the way I look and I didn’t even get asked out on a date.

TAYLOR LIANNE CHANDLER

LGBT eligible singles, Taylor Lianne Chandler, gay news, Washington Blade

Taylor Lianne Chandler (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

What is your relationship status now, one year after being named a Blade Most Eligible Single?

I am in a relationship since November.

If dating someone, where/how did you meet?

Met him on a dating app. He tried to get my attention for a year before I noticed.

How was the experience of being named a Blade Most Eligible Single — did it lead to any dates?

The experience was a blast! Especially doing the photo shoot and getting to see parts of D.C. I had never seen before. I got a lot of national press that was positive for a change. It helped make me more comfortable being out publicly as intersex. I met someone the night of the event who came out specifically to meet me. We dated until April.

Any advice to this year’s winners?

Never be afraid to put yourself outside your comfort zone and take a chance. Dating should be an adventure and fun. Don’t go into it with the baggage from the past. Good luck to this years winners and I hope you find that special someone.

MATTIA D’AFFUSO

Mattia D'Affuso, gay news, Washington Blade

Mattia D’Affuso (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

What is your relationship status now, one year after being named a Blade Most Eligible Single?

I started dating someone shortly after last year’s most eligible single event, but I am now single again.

How was the experience of being named a Blade Most Eligible Single — did it lead to any dates?

I started dating someone shortly after so no.

Any advice to this year’s winners?

Have fun and be nice.

DIANE MELIS

Diane Melis, gay news, Washington Blade

Diane Melis (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

What is your relationship status now, one year after being named a Blade Most Eligible Single?

Currently single and open to dating

If dating someone, where/how did you meet?

I had a relationship in the summer and fall. We met out at Coven a ladies night hosted by Kate Ross, another eligible single from last year.

How was the experience of being named a Blade Most Eligible Single — did it lead to any dates?

I thought it was a super fun experience. The event was my birthday weekend so it really added some fun and something else to celebrate. It was a great fun fact to throw out there and I still have the article that was posted in the paper.

Any advice to this year’s winners?

Have fun with it and enjoy it. Your friends nominated you for a reason so don’t get to serious or worry about getting dates. Just enjoy the ride.

LISA MARIE THALHAMMER

Lisa Marie Thalhammer, gay news, Washington Blade

Lisa Marie Thalhammer (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

What is your relationship status now, one year after being named a Blade Most Eligible Single?

After the 2017 Most Eligible Singles ceremony at Town, the very next morning I was contacted by a 2016 Most Eligible Single whom I had a year-long crush on. We unknowingly had been neighbors for years. Ultimately we found we made better friends but even so, it was a very positive source of strength and we supported each other through a wild year.

How was the experience of being named a Blade Most Eligible Single — did it lead to any dates?

I have a lot of gratitude for the Washington Blade and how it continues to build our community, providing a platform for LGBTQ voices to be heard by featuring our people, reporting our news and strengthening our relationships by encouraging love toward each other and ourselves.

Any advice to this year’s winners?

My advice to this year’s singles is to leave your phone on airplane mode once in a while, keep your head lifted high and your eyes wide open. Your greatest love might be standing right across from you. Don’t miss those opportunities to make real world connections. Fall in love with yourself, the world and people around you.

JOE DONNELLY

Joe Donnelly, gay news, Washington Blade

Joe Donnelly (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

What is your relationship status now, one year after being named a Blade Most Eligible Single?

Single

How was the experience of being named a Blade Most Eligible Single — did it lead to any dates?

The experience was flattering. I saw an uptick in unsolicited Facebook requests after the issue. It did not lead to any dates for me (I was not really expecting that result). It was nice to be selected.

Any advice to this year’s winners?

Just enjoy and have fun with it.

JULIA DeLOIS

Julia DeLois, gay news, Washington Blade

Julia DeLois (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

What is your relationship status now, one year after being named a Blade Most Eligible Single?

Still single.

How was the experience of being named a Blade Most Eligible Single — did it lead to any dates?

No one contacted me.

Any advice to this year’s winners?

Definitely fun as a treat and honor but don’t put too many eggs in this basket.

DAVID TORIAN

David Torian, gay news, Washington Blade

David Torian (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

What is your relationship status now, one year after being named a Blade Most Eligible Single?

Single

How was the experience of being named a Blade Most Eligible Single — did it lead to any dates?

I was honored and excited to be named. Sadly, no dates came of it.

Any advice to this year’s winners?

Be honored for being selected.

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