Settle for Love is a website made for people who are willing to "embrace imperfection" and just settle down already.The site promotes honesty and encourages singles to expose their flaws, positioning itself as a dating service where people can let loose and stop being afraid of being judged so harshly from their profiles.(Jerry Davich / Post-Tribune) The note, written on yellow legal paper, is posted in a bathroom at the TA Travel Centers of America truck stop in Lake Station."Dear truckers, I'm writing a book about trucking, based on your stories," it begins."If you're here overnight or for a reset, I would love to talk to you," the note states."I especially want to hear from gay people, transgender folks, immigrants or other people who don't fit the trucker stereotype. I couldn't do it without your stories."The note is written by Anne Balay, a former professor at Indiana University Northwest in Gary who authored the 2014 book, "Steel Closets: Voices of Gay, Lesbian and Transgender Steelworkers." Balay, who is gay, currently teaches as an assistant professor at Haverford College in Pennsylvania.Instead, the book will focus on truckers who are from the gay and transgender community."The trucking industry is at a crossroads, attracting more minorities, immigrants and drivers from the GLBT community," Balay said, referring to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people.
The founder apparently came up with the idea after the matches he got from other dating services were turned off by his smoking habits.
Many of them simply can't find better work."These are desperate people who can't get any other job," Balay said.
Two years ago, Balay trained to become a professional truck driver after losing her academia position at IUN.
This is why she is looking to talk with more road-tested professionals who don't fit the common image of a "truck driver" for her next book."The problem is that truckers are usually trucking, meaning that their schedule is rigid and unpredictable.
But I'm flexible and I'm here to listen to them," Balay said.