We Bring LGBTQIA+ Singles Together

As Matchmakers and Event Hosts for the only exclusively LGBTQIA+ matchmaking agency in the US, we work hard to bring singles together. We are a warm and welcoming bunch and we're always striving to ensure you have a stellar experience. Find out more about each of us below.

Dr. Frankie Bashan

Founder / CEO / Principal Matchmaker

Dr. Frankie Bashan is a psychologist, matchmaker, sex therapist, and overall relationship guru who has been using her clinical background in conjunction with technology and personalized algorithms to play matchmaker nationwide. She believes that EVERYONE can have the righteous, passionate love they deserve. As an expert guest for a variety of publications, podcasts and videos, Dr. Frankie strives to introduce her clients to quality matches that make their hearts flutter. She knows first-hand the struggles of queer singles and she wants them to find THE ONE in any way possible - Speed Dating Events, Full Service Matchmaking, Training Programs, or with her Dating Coaching help. Read more >>

Denise Rai

Client Services Director

Denise Rai, with over a decade of experience, is a devoted matchmaker and love coach who brings hearts together with compassion and deep insight. She believes in a holistic approach to matchmaking, considering not just the preferences of her clients, but their whole selves—their personalities, values, and life experiences. This warm, intuitive method allows Denise to connect deeply, crafting truly personalized experiences for each individual.

Her coaching sessions are equally heartfelt, focusing on fostering self-love as the cornerstone of any loving relationship. Denise works diligently to help her clients build confidence, nurture healthy communication skills, and develop a positive mindset about love and relationships. She tackles emotional blocks and limiting beliefs, empowering her clients to open their hearts to love.

Denise’s matchmaking is meticulous and thoughtful, emphasizing quality connections over quantity. She carefully selects potential partners who match her clients’ desires and supports them throughout their dating journey with continuous guidance and encouragement.

Denise’s ultimate aim is to help her clients find enduring love and joy in relationships that enrich their lives. Her passion for her work is evident in every match made and every heart healed, as she commits herself to making a significant, positive impact on the lives she touches.

Iris Tiska

Event Coordinator

Iris Tiska is a key Event Coordinator at Little Gay Book, expertly managing both in-person and online events that foster connection and celebrate the Queer Community. With over 15 years of experience, Iris is a staple in our event planning, known for crafting vibrant, inclusive, and safe spaces that facilitate authentic engagement.

In her pivotal role, Iris also leads the Edam program, our dating app management initiative, with finesse. This program is crucial for enhancing how our community members connect and find meaningful relationships through digital platforms. Her deep understanding of the Queer Community's needs and her strategic insight into the digital dating landscape allow her to effectively guide and improve this program.

Iris’s extensive background in producing and consulting for Queer events across the Bay Area has made her an invaluable asset. Her commitment to creating impactful, memorable events and her dedication to promoting inclusivity and diversity are reflected in every project she undertakes

Ann Castaneda

Marketing Assistant

Meet Ann, Little Gay Book's Marketing Assistant. She effortlessly integrates her Social Media skills, WordPress knowledge, and marketing expertise into her daily tasks. With over ten years of experience in sales and marketing, Ann brings a wealth of strategic insight to her role, enriching every project with her expertise.

Outside the realm of digital tasks, she relishes quality time with her three children, finds inspiration in self-help literature, and indulges in the captivating stories of Korean dramas.

In both her professional and personal pursuits, Ann embodies dedication, creativity, and a thirst for knowledge. Whether she's strategizing marketing campaigns or unwinding with her favorite book or drama, Ann approaches each endeavor with passion and purpose, leaving an indelible mark on all she encounters.


In-House Love Ambassador

Meet Metuka, the fluffiest, most adorable member of the Little Gay Book team. But don’t let her cute exterior fool you; she’s got a serious job around here! Metuka is our in-house love ambassador, bringing people together with her charm, wit, and a keen sense for romance.

With her “PhD in Cuddle-ology” and expertise in "Pawsitive Vibes," Metuka is more than just Dr. Frankie’s sidekick—she's the heartbeat of our matchmaking magic. Whether she’s breaking the ice with her playful antics or offering a comforting paw to hold, Metuka knows that love is a four-legged word.

Behind those soulful eyes and beneath that fluffy exterior is a skilled wing-dog. Metuka’s got an uncanny ability to sniff out the perfect match, proving time and again that the best connections come with a little fur-love.

And when the day’s work is done? You’ll find her sunbathing, dreaming of snack heists (our little secret!), and plotting new ways to spread happiness.

Sara Jane

Online Event Host

Sara Jane is renowned for hosting captivating online events in our Zoom Room, where she creates a warm and welcoming atmosphere for individuals to have fun, connect, and build meaningful relationships. Whether it's through engaging questions or sharing valuable information, her events consistently deliver on both entertainment and enrichment. Sara Jane's lifelong mission has been to craft beautiful spaces for our Queer Community to meet. Known for her meticulous organization and a wealth of conversation, she brings a unique vibrancy to every gathering. Before joining the Little Gay Book family, she produced events for prominent LGBTQ organizations including Curve Magazine, Frameline Film Festival, Sweet Travel, and the Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders.

Shelley Simpson

San Diego & Online Event Host

Shelley Simpson, CEO of Small & Mighty Marketing, is renowned for her groundbreaking social media and web strategies. Beyond her professional achievements, she indulges in diverse interests, from biking and aerial arts to spending time with her dogs, enjoying coffee, and hunting for thrift store finds. At Little Gay Book, Shelley has worn many hats, demonstrating her versatility and commitment as a pioneering team member. Whether orchestrating marketing campaigns or hosting dynamic events, both online and in-person, her warmth and infectious smile make every gathering unforgettable.

Intriguingly, Shelley has not only united countless couples through her event hosting but also discovered her own lasting love along the way. With a playful, sassy, and smart spirit, Shelley masterfully blends the arts of marketing and personal connection. This unique combination highlights her ability to create meaningful experiences that not only bring people together but also enrich lives, making her a true architect of connection and love.

Nikki Preston

Los Angeles Event Host

Nikki Preston, a celebrated Los Angeles event host and radio personality, captivates with her adventurous spirit and creative flair. Awarded as the best local radio personality in 2023, her passion for the outdoors and adventurous pursuits infuses her hosting style with vibrancy and relatability. Nikki's deep commitment to the LGBTQ+ community shines through in her events, where she expertly fosters connections and builds inclusive spaces that celebrate diversity and individuality. With a magnetic presence and infectious energy, Nikki consistently leaves a lasting impact on the LA scene, making every interaction and event an unforgettable experience.


Bay Area Event Hosts

Becky is a positive, adventurous, and welcoming person who spends her days working in HR! In her spare time she loves to dance and travel.

She loves hosting for Little Gay Book because it brings her joy to bring people together in a place they can relax and laugh with others.

Ricki Anaya

Austin Event Host

Ricki (She/They), an Austin, Texas real estate broker by day, is a dynamic force in the property market, known for her sharp negotiating skills and deep market knowledge. By night, she transforms into a dance floor dynamo as a leader of the sensational Lux Mambo team, captivating audiences with her energy and skill.

Beyond her professional and dance life, Ricki is the visionary founder of Queer Dance Austin, an empowering community initiative that harnesses the transformative power of dance to foster connection and healing. A staunch advocate for LGBTQ+ rights, Ricki also serves on the board of directors for Drag Story Hour, championing diversity and combating LGBTQ+ erasure.

Eager to connect? Follow Ricki's vibrant journey and join her community efforts on Instagram @HomesbyRicki and @QueerDanceAustin.

Ricki's commitment extends beyond the dance floor; she believes passionately in the magic of face-to-face connections. Embracing the power of events to forge genuine, lasting relationships, Ricki invites everyone to step out of their comfort zones and experience the joy and excitement of meeting new people. Let Ricki guide you through an evening filled with potential love matches and endless fun—where connections are just a dance away!

Lisa Iancin "LI"

New York & New Jersey Event Host

Lisa, affectionately known as LI, is far from your typical real estate professional. A true trailblazer, LI has dedicated herself to enriching the LGBTQ community through her role as an event host with Little Gay Book. Her journey is fueled by a passionate commitment to networking, forging new connections, and creating unforgettable experiences.

One of LI's career highlights was orchestrating the "QTown After Party," a vibrant blend of celebration and queer networking. As she facilitated introductions from the stage, LI's radiant smile shone brightly, reflecting the joy and satisfaction of seeing casual interactions blossom into valuable business connections. It was during this electrifying event that LI recognized her significant impact, realizing she was contributing to something far bigger than herself—she was strengthening the fabric of her community.

Beyond her dynamic event-hosting endeavors, LI finds balance and exhilaration in surfing. The waves offer her a sanctuary where she can recharge and find solace, providing a perfect counterbalance to the energetic demands of her event planning career. This blend of professional passion and personal escape encapsulates LI’s unique spirit, making her a memorable and impactful figure within and beyond the LGBTQ community.

Talisha Herald

Seattle Event Host

Talisha from Seattle – your new go-to for a good time and the mastermind behind the curtain at our latest events. What sparked her decision to join Little Gay Book as an event host? Simple: She attended one of our events, had an absolute blast, and walked away with a bunch of new connections. She's all about the joy of meeting people face-to-face and is on a mission to make that happen for others in our lively community.

Talisha's highlight reel is filled with moments that brought a grin to her face, especially those that have expanded her queer circle in every direction. Professional networks? Check. New friendships? Check. Romantic connections? Double-check. "The more queers in my life the better!! 💕 Amiright or Amiright?"

When she’s not creating memorable evenings for us, Talisha is out soaking in live music, hitting the road on spontaneous trips, or playing the gracious hostess, cooking up a storm for friends and loved ones. And her business? Well, she's one of the lucky ones who calls her work her play. So, get ready for events sprinkled with Talisha's fun-loving spirit, where connections are waiting to happen, and every night is a chance to add more queers to your squad.

Victoria Amato

Las Vegas Event Host

Meet Victoria Amato, a Las Vegas event host and molecular biologist whose passion for science and life's vibrant tapestry are inseparably intertwined. In the lab, Victoria expertly navigates the complex molecular pathways involved in stress responses. Beyond her scientific pursuits, she finds joy and balance in the great outdoors, particularly on the tranquil waters of her favorite kayaking spots. Victoria also embraces her Italian roots, crafting homemade pasta and sauces, and savors the simple pleasures of country music and exploring eclectic local coffee shops on leisurely weekends.

Inspired by an impactful online event she attended through Little Gay Book, Victoria found her calling as an event host. Moved by the powerful connections made during the event, she set out to create similar experiences in the vibrant backdrop of Las Vegas. She is now dedicated to crafting in-person spaces where the LGBT community can forge authentic connections, offering a heartfelt alternative to the transient interactions on dating apps.

Victoria's events are meticulously designed to bridge the digital divide, transforming online interactions into meaningful, real-life relationships. Her commitment to nurturing a supportive and inclusive community is evident in every event she hosts, making each gathering a catalyst for enduring friendships and more. This unique blend of scientific rigor and community engagement makes Victoria a standout event host, continuously enriching the lives of those around her.

Amanda Deltuvia

New Jersey Event Host

Amanda's journey to becoming an event host for Little Gay Book was sparked by her own transformative experience at one of our events. The deep desire for connection among queer women at the event was not just evident, but deeply moving. After witnessing how a simple gathering blossomed into an extended meet-up at a second location, Amanda knew she had to be a part of creating such meaningful experiences.

As a life coach, speaker, and psychic, Amanda is dedicated to empowering women to embrace their most authentic selves. She specializes in fostering deeper connections, whether it's strengthening bonds with current partners or preparing for future relationships.

Her events are crafted with care, ensuring a space where everyone feels safe, comfortable, and acknowledged, all while infusing the atmosphere with laughter and joy.

Beyond hosting, Amanda's life is a whirlwind of inspiring activities. She's an enthusiast of dining and socializing along the Jersey Shore, participating in yoga and fitness classes, indulging in self-care with her beloved cat Hector, and exploring her creativity through painting and writing. Her adventures often lead her to travel, especially across the European Union, constantly seeking new experiences to enrich her mind, body, and spirit.

Amanda's ultimate aspiration is to establish a haven along the Mediterranean Sea—a sanctuary dedicated to hosting retreats, seminars, and workshops for women, by women. This dream space will not only be a retreat but also a hub for co-living and learning, embodying her vision of female empowerment and community.

Montana Hooks

Oakland Event Host

Montana Hooks, the dynamic founder of Queer in Oakland, joins Little Gay Book with a rich background of over 15 years in event planning and a passion for fostering LGBTQ community connections. Her mantra? Love always wins, a belief that shines through in every gathering she hosts.

One of her most memorable feats was orchestrating the Little Gay Book's Fall Festival in Oakland. Here, Montana's flair for creating warm, inclusive events truly came to life, leaving attendees with smiles and cherished memories.

But there's more to Montana than just event hosting. Outside of her professional sphere, she's an avid karaoke enthusiast, an archery aficionado, and a connoisseur of modern horror movies. These eclectic interests add depth to her vibrant personality, making her a uniquely engaging host.

Montana's addition to our team means exciting, well-crafted events filled with joy and meaningful connections for the Little Gay Book community.

Lisha McKoy

New York Event Host

Meet Lisha, whose journey to hosting speed dating events was inspired by her amazing experience attending a Little Gay Book Event, is on a mission to craft events that lead to a whirlwind of fun, laughter, and maybe even a little bit of magic! With a gentle spirit and a genuine love for bringing people together, Lisha aspires to be more than just a host - she aspires to be a catalyst for meaningful connections, lasting relationships, and making a positive impact in the LGBTQ+ community.

Beyond her role as a host, Lisha is a true believer in the power of love and connection. Lisha is passionate about fostering face-to-face connections as a powerful alternative for those disenchanted by meaningless swiping on apps.

Outside of speed dating events, Lisha is a busy actor and real estate investor! And her love for creating memorable experiences extends beyond speed dating events. She is excited to draw on her success as a short-term rental host having managed multiple properties for over 9 years! When she’s not busy bringing characters to life as an actor, the most gratifying role of her life is proud Mom to an amazing and creative little songwriter and gymnast! In addition to playing matchmaker, investor, connector, and loving Mom, you can find her tearing up the dance floor to deep house music, playing pickleball, cooking in her Brooklyn kitchen, engaging in daily meditation and self-care, or exploring the next location for an exciting travel adventure!

Janine James

Oakland Event Host

Janine, our newest event host at Little Gay Book, merges love with the metaphysical. With a backstory featuring an epic wedding and a dance with Lady Gaga, she's all about creating memorable experiences. Janine's diverse interests include esthetician skills, devouring books across genres, and a knack for mocktail crafting. Her profound journey from a successful tech career to embracing her psychic and spiritual coaching gifts defines her. A certified Reiki Master with a rich psychic heritage, Janine's mission extends beyond events, aiming to uplift and connect deeply. Her life, a blend of spirituality and glamour, is a testament to her commitment to enriching lives, one event at a time.

Elaine Brady

Midwest Event Host

Elaine’s current life mission? Making the best of the Midwest. After growing up on a farm in Indiana, Elaine spent her time during and after college traveling around the country and the world, living in Spain, Florida, and Colorado. Now, as a Project, Portfolio, and Resource Manager, she has landed back in Ohio for the time being. As a Lesbian, Elaine understands first-hand how difficult it is to build connections in the Midwest and originally reached out to Little Gay Book for help of her own! Inspired by the mission and passion in her interactions with Little Gay Book, she is very excited to bring our events to her own neck of the woods (and hopefully find a woman for herself along the way)! When she’s not working or traveling, you can find her hanging out at home with her black cat, Poe, chowing down on some local or global cuisine, jamming to music, seeking an adventure, or working on her physical and mental health. Being a “hopeful romantic”, Elaine’s outgoing, inclusive personality, combined with her passion for community engagement, and her love for love, make her the perfect person to help you find your person!

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