Just Some of America’s Captivating Couples 2010

Whether this Valentine’s Day finds you spending quality time with your best girl or rewriting your online dating profile, these inspiring idylls are bound to melt your wintered heart.

Tracy & Erica

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Tracy Buchholz, 30, Public Relations and Marketing/ Consultant/Columnist

Erica Foltz, 29, Substance Abuse Counselor, Case Manager and Activist

Erica and Tracy saw each other around but didn’t formally meet until mutual friends introduced them one night in Philly. Tracy was impressed with Erica’s storytelling abilities and attracted by her smile and laugh. “Her energy definitely drew me in. So after a few drinks, I gave her my number, which is not something I normally do!” They have been together for over a year now, the initial months of which were spent working together and getting to know one other. The keys to a solid relationship, they say, are making each other laugh, providing mutual support, and supplying each other with a steady stream of brownies and chicken noodle soup during especially stressful times. Erica is heavily involved in the LGBTQ community; she plays softball in the LGBT city league, is active with ACT-UP Philadelphia, and volunteers for Project SAFE, a grassroots organization that does street outreach to female sex workers. Tracy hosts LGBTQ events in and outside of Philadelphia. They have strong senses of social responsibility and hope to inspire other women to become more active in their communities.

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