LONDON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Vida Consultancy, the exclusive global matchmaking agency, has recently expanded its offline matchmaking business to include a gay and lesbian division. The service is intended to provide a discreet, intelligent solution for sophisticated individuals looking to find their perfect partner while also providing a safe haven for gay and lesbians to form lasting relationships.
Headed up by British Canadian psychologist Jacqueline Burns, who conducted academic research into homosexual relationships as part of her Post Graduate Diploma in Psychology at the University of Westminster, says the bespoke service is much needed.
“When it comes to relationships, psychologists analyse and observe the construct of compatibility. As matchmakers, we use that same psychological knowledge and experience when considering each one-on-one introduction.
“When you think that around 10%* of the world's population consider themselves gay, lesbian, bi-sexual or transgender, it’s surprising that there are relatively few agencies that truly understand the needs of the gay community.
“Our experience shows that the gay community generally spurn the straight relationship model, while the lesbian community often avoid traditional gender roles.
“There is also a pressing need to provide an alternative to online dating sites and apps which are encountering increasing problems with issues of quality, privacy, health, and safety.
“Recent events in the online dating space are worrying. For example, the Ashley Madison hacking illustrated the need to overcome issues of privacy and security; incidents of violence while using online dating sites and apps are rising, and there is a growing need for HIV prevention in the context of online dating apps in particular.” she explained.
“Fortunately our screening process, the personal relationships we develop with our clients and our highly confidential approach means we don’t encounter such problems. Unlike online dating sites, and dating apps, our approach means that we really understand each client’s values, energy and characteristics.”
“We have only recently set up the division,” Jacqueline adds, “and we already have members from all over the world.”
The appointment of Jacqueline Burns boosts the all-female core team who run the international operations from offices in London’s Mayfair.