Traditional dating practices
The world of dating in America has changed dramatically over the last century.
Since lower-class families did not have the resources to entertain potential suitors in their home, many couples began leaving the house to spend time together.
Thus, the phrase "going out on a date" became popularized.
It is important to note that many of these mainstream rituals were strictly confined to heterosexual dating.
In the early days of dating, many LGBT couples had to keep their relationships a secret for fear of being public stigmatized.
Looking back, I realize my naivety was shining like a lighthouse beacon.