Welcome to “Seven Minutes in Heaven” GO Magazine’s brand new interview series that profiles a different queer lady each day, by asking her seven custom (sometimes random) questions. Get to know the thoughts, feelings, and opinions of the groundbreaking, fierce forces-of-nature in the queer community.
This lesbian decided to take her dating life into her own hands. Tired of OKCupid and Tinder, Heather Knight created www.datealesbianadventurer.com in search of true love. Are you also a lesbian adventurer? Are you looking for a lesbian to adventure with? Well, you better email Heather soon because she’s already received over 90 email responses to her quest for love.
Perusing through Heather’s Instagram, an outsider can tell that she clearly has a sense of humor and an amazing desire to be outdoors. Filled with stunning photos of the Pacific Northwest, my bet is that Heather’s date cards are filling up by the minute. Find out more about the lesbian who adventures and seeks true love below in our “Seven Minutes in Heaven” with Heather.
GO Magazine: In your words. Who are you and what do you do?
Heather Knight: I am an early-40’s, sometimes sarcastic GenXer, queer lady-loving-lady who uses she/her pronouns. I’m a lifelong Pacific Northwest resident with a penchant for good coffee, good whiskey and delicious food. I enjoy traveling and spending time outdoors. I currently work for a tech company in Portland. I am taking classes to learn how to code so I can maybe make the app everyone is asking for after my website launch. My side hustles include dogsitting/housesitting and I am starting to do voice-over work.
GO: Where do you go for inspiration when you’re feeling discouraged or depleted?
HK: Nature. In any of its forms. It’s not uncommon for me to take off for a quick overnight backpacking trip up the Columbia Gorge or to Mt. Hood where I can hang my hammock (yes, I hammock camp!) and enjoy some time by a lake or a stream with a good book or my journal.
GO: Who are your biggest queer lady role models?
HK: Ellen Degeneres for coming out when the world wasn’t quite ready, for bringing the toaster oven to the masses and for being 100% authentic. Brandi Carlile for being the soundtrack of my coming out in 2007. Brandi’s music connected me to people around the world, many of whom I consider to be good friends (shout out to the ATers, you know who you are!). Brandi’s music feeds my soul, and she’s also an amazing philanthropist who inspires me to give what I can when I can to help make the world a better place. Most importantly, all of the regular every day queer women in my life who inspire me to be a bad-ass. Especially the women in my work life. These women make me want to do better and be better.
GO: Describe yourself in three words.
HK: Bold, Authentic, Compassionate.
GO: What advice would you give your younger self?
HK: Don’t be afraid to be who you are no matter what. And maybe figure out you are gay before you’re 33.
GO: What was the deciding point in having your site go live to find love?
HK: Ah yes, the trigger if you will. In the immortal words of Brandi Carlile, “I met someone by accident, they blew me away, blew me away.” It wasn’t meant to be, but I realized a few things about myself, without sounding too narcissistic: I am amazing. I have a lot to offer someone. I am ready to be in a relationship after spending the past few years working on me. I am constantly striving to be the best version of myself, and while I am far from perfect, I feel like I am in a good spot to be able to give a part of myself to someone else. I look forward to meeting someone I feel connected to, who I can grow with and learn from. I didn’t expect to get the response I have so far. I hope I can be an inspiration to others who want the same things I do and are ready to be in a relationship with someone.
GO: Where can people find you?
HK: I spend most of my social media energy on Instagram because I like to look at photos. They’re a wonderful representation of how we see the world. All of my accounts are @renegadepilgrim. And of course, you can find me at www.datealesbianadventurer.com. If you’re in Portland, I tend to hang out in coffee shops on the weekends, or you might find me on a trail in Forest Park.