I was just really open and honest about what I needed from day one with everyone. Not just potential relationships but everyone I talked to about relationships. That way there were no surprises for anyone that was in my life and a potential partner.
When I looked for people to date on line I would tell them right away what I wanted and needed and then left the ball in their court. Sometimes they were curious but not interested, sometimes I never heard from them again and sometimes they were interested and either felt the same way or had never heard of it before and wanted to explore the idea.... that to me is how community starts and how we find what we need in life.
there have been other threads started on this topic if you get a chance to look around and read them... hopefully they are tagged so you can find them.