"This Still Works" by Lace in the Moon and Amberella Credit: Instagram / @amberellaxo

It doesn’t matter if Hallmark popularized and commercialized Valentine’s Day. The reality is we could all use a little love in our lives — and an excuse to celebrate doesn’t hurt.

As this alternately revered and reviled holiday descends, we have a request: Send Billy Penn your queer Philly love story.

Our beloved LGBTQ community has a lot to worry about on a day-to-day basis — threats to our ability to get health care, to play sports, to maintain stable housing, and to live and love freely. We’re giving you a hall pass to take a deep breath and celebrate your queerness. Write up your gayest Philadelphia romance tale and send it over to us. We’ll weave some of the submissions into an article.

For inspo, think of it like a miniature Modern Love. Try to keep your submission to about 100 words.

It’s all fair game: your first date, your latest hook up, how you fell in love, when you broke up, how you keep the romance alive. Bonus points if you include photos or specific Philly landmarks and locations.

So do it! Send us your super gay super mushy Philly love stories by midnight on Friday, Feb. 11, using the form below.

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Michaela Winberg is a general assignment reporter at Billy Penn. She covers LGBTQ people and culture, public spaces, and transportation and mobility. She also sometimes produces radio and web features...