Twelve lucky contestants will get to know each other, win prizes, and maybe the opportunity to go on a date with a special someone.


The Associated Students Queer Resource Center will host the Queer Dating Game on Wednesday, Nov. 16 in the Fairhaven Auditorium from 6 to 8 p.m. The goals of the event are to promote safe sex, healthy relationships and healthy communication, said Briana Fitzpatrick, assistant coordinator of the QRC. This event is free of charge, and door prizes will be awarded.


“This event is important because it gives a public display of queer dating that is usually not seen in our society,” said Jordan Deal, QRC coordinator. “Media regularly portrays heterosexual people and rarely has queer people on dating shows, advertisements, or in television and movies.”


The Dating Game was an ABC television show that aired from 1965-1973. It was highly popular and was reinvented as The New Dating Game in 1978. The show was set up so that a bachelorette would question three bachelors and choose the bachelor whose answers she liked the best. The winning bachelor would then get to go on a date with the bachelorette.


The Queer Dating Game consists of three panels: a man panel, which consists of male-identified contestants; a woman panel, which consists of female-identified contestants; and a gender-neutral panel, Fitzpatrick said.


The winners of the Queer Dating Game are not obligated to go on a date, but will win a date package, which consists of materials donated by local businesses, such as coupons to restaurants, movie rentals and gift certificates.


“It’s a great time to go and have fun and be entertained,” Fitzpatrick said.


Contestants and questioners are selected from volunteers who signed up at the Red Square Fair Info Fair, Fitzpatrick said. It is too late to participate this year, but everyone is encouraged to attend the event as an audience member, she said.