Dallas gays now have no excuse to be single — at least not for long.
Gay matchmaking service He’s for Me opened its Dallas office on Friday to celebrate Valentine’s Day and introduce the full-time staff to the community. Staff members were joined by members of the GLBT North Texas Chamber of Commerce, of which H4M is a member.
The company started in Austin in the fall of 2012. Within six months, matchmakers were setting up Dallas and Houston couples, owner Tammy Shaklee said. The popularity made a full-time office in Big D necessary, and she plans to open a Houston location next.
Shaklee said it’s easy to meet people, but it’s hard to know if they’re single, looking for a serious relationship and if you’re compatible with them.
And she met her husband through a dating service in Austin seven years ago.
“I would have never met him without the matchmaking service,” she said.
She then tried to convince a gay friend to use a service to find love. Only he couldn’t find a service that paired gays.
“I started the research, and after three days of trying to find service for him, I found that none existed,” she said. “When I couldn’t find a service for him to hire to help him, I started the process to start it myself.”
H4M also serves gays in Seattle, after a Houston client relocated and wanted Shaklee’s company to help him there. The company now serves gays in Denver, Miami, Chicago and Atlanta.
While Shaklee, a straight ally, saw the need for gays to have a service, she said she’s researching expanding the company for lesbians with a She’s For Me component.
“I really do believe in my heart that it took a straight ally to give the community something that it hadn’t had the opportunity to have before,” she said.
H4M Dallas office is located at at 2911 Turtle Creek Blvd., 3rd Floor. For more info about HFM, go here.