What We Love and Hate About Dating Leos

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A. Andrews, Cartoonist

We’re the best, obviously.


Archie Bongiovanni, Cartoonist

Leos are cocky, self-assured, kinda bossy, and sometimes a little mean. And actually, I really dig all those traits in partners when also paired with empathy and sweetness. Previous Leo partners were missing the empathy bit, but the current Leo I’m with has a nice balance of both. I love confidence, especially when it’s matched with passion and humor and the Leo I’m with shines when in conversation with others. I think of Leos as tender class clowns. They’re chatty and humorous and really do sort of steal the show in groups. Leos are super generous, they’ll give you five bucks even if they only have ten. Leos are PROUD though, and often in a way that doesn’t serve them or the relationship. Also they’re good at sex.


Vanessa Friedman, Community Editor

I love Leos. My number one love language (to give and receive) is words of affirmation aka heavy praise, and let me tell you, Leos LOVE receiving praise, but also they’re always genuinely extremely hot, and I love telling them that, so Leos and I tend to get along well! I don’t have anything negative to say about Leos. I will say that Rachel Kincaid is my most favorite Leo, not least because of her perfect beautiful mane, but also for nine million other reasons, many of which center around her incredible hotness and her brilliant brain. Yes, this is the kind of praise you can expect from me on the regular if you’re a Leo in my life. DM me, lions.


Stef Schwartz, Vapid Fluff Editor

I’ve had some friends-with-benefits situations with a few Leos over the years, and they’ve always been performers of some kind. They’re always stupid hot and fiercely protective of the things/people/ideals they love. I’m a big fan.


Rachel Kincaid, Managing Editor

As a Leo, I have actually never dated a Leo (which is unfortunate!!! I love us!! We’re great partners and dates!!!) As is our way, I will put in a quick pitch for us: we’re loyal, devoted, super fun, really hot, and extremely ride or die for our loved ones. However much you think we’re into ourselves, I promise we are 10x as devoted to the people we love most.


Mika Albornoz, Writer

Positive: They make you feel the most loved, always, you can trust that no matter what you do if they love you they will ride with you and handle the shit you should have done differently later; that’s Leo love and respect. There’s something about accountability but also loyalty that I’m fundamentally always going to be enamored with, as it’s the same brand of love I strive to demonstrate — but I understand that’s my personal feeling, not everyone needs that. I think Leos are super hot because they have incredible energy; something about taking the stage and doing that with confidence is incredibly telling. Even when insecure that they can pull through, they got their shit together even when they don’t. It’s reliable and very hot to me. I mean, long live the fucking king. In addition: sex is fun, hair is great.

Negative: Leo pride, as always. Their insecurity or getting caught up in their own shit and not only losing perspective but giving you a presentation on why their perspective is right. I will say though Leos after some processing can get to a point of apology and change; I think the effort has to be put in making them see it, but once they can see it, they can work with it, which is saying a lot about pride and fixed signs, because other signs that are proud are not as accountable. I said what I said.


Alice Sparkly Kat, Contributor

It was fine but it felt hard to get close to her. I also felt like she didn’t really give me a good reason to try. Sometimes I felt like she was trying to impress me but it didn’t make me feel special.


Meg Jones Wall, Contributor

The only time I ever dated a Leo was when we were both between relationships, struggling to get over those exes and using each other as distractions. When it was good it was great, and when it was bad, it was horrifying. I’d either have 100% of their attention or they would ignore me completely, with nothing in-between except snide comments and brutal interactions. We eventually ended things and both went back to our exes… and we each married those exes, so it all worked out in the end.


Carly Usdin, To L and Back Co-Host

I’ve dated several Leos and they were all very mean to me!!!!


Robin Roemer, Contributor

I went back and realized I seriously dated not one but TWO Leos. Leos have this exciting and confident magnetism but the massive ego and need to be the center of attention drives me crazy. The two Leos I dated never stopped imparting their vast knowledge. It’s like, WE GET IT, you know the gestation period for sea turtles, can we enjoy the beach now? But also, years later, you will recall a fact about sea turtles and regurgitate it over dinner and remember a Leo fondly.


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18 Comments

  1. I’ve got a streak of the Leo in me (Leo moon), so I vibe with Leos, and when I am in the right move will feel like absolutely everything is a personal attack.

    That said, my most tumultuous relationship was with a Leo. Lions have claws, ya’ll!

  2. this leo moon is disappointed! i know how hard it is to take criticism. i know how hard it is to apologize. being queer has to stop being a pass for embodying white supremacist culture. please take the steps needed to make things right and hire, pay, and prioritize black queer people with your funding goals. i want autostraddle to thrive — but not if its only white queers thriving.

    • What I want to know is why Dan Owens keeps centering their own white voice and trying to tell people what to think after being told multiple times by POC to stop? Why is this white person manipulating people’s outrage to pit them against each other? If they truly care about POC voices as they claim to, instead of being motivated by some personal agenda, they need to sit down and let the people who shared their stories decide for themselves how they want to respond.

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  3. The two times I got BADLY heartbroken was dating Leos. They were ALL about themselves, treating me like something they could drop off and then pick up again whenever they pleased. Also, the sex wasn’t great. Fun fact: they’re both still my friends because, well, lesbianism, and they’re still very sel-centered people, to a point I usually do not agree with.

  4. As a Leo who loves dating Leos, I’m gonna go ahead and agree with Gus on this one! As long as there’s some self awareness around our tendency towards self-centeredness, we are so warm! The care and keeping of your Leo is simple – feed the fire with compliments and affirmations of your love, and we will radiate all the more warmth back to you. I swear, dating other lions is like a feedback loop of adoration when it’s good.

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