One advantage of age is self-awareness. When you know yourself better, you can quickly size up what you want in someone else. Maybe you're more careful about first dates and immediately nix a pointless second night out. You're quick to assess if your date wants the same level of relationship as you, whether that's casual or committed.
You recognize dysfunction and mismatches faster now than you did when you were younger. But that doesn't mean you should be rigid and inflexible. Keep an open mind and try to expand your horizons.
Chat with a guy who isn't your "type" and stretch your boundaries. And so what if he doesn't immediately strike you as hot and sexy? Now it might be comforting to find a partner who can relate to your experiences and your outlook, and has the same pop culture references you do. It's also a good idea to ask your closest friends for regular feedback yes, ask them to give you input on your actions and choices , so you don't get stuck in your ways. Hey, you don't have to tell me it's tough being gay, single and over It's not like gay subculture has given us lots of happily dating, older gay male role models.
With all the focus on marriage equality these days, it's easy for gay men to think that being single and happy is an oxymoron. There's more focus on getting into a committed relationship than there is on making sure it's the right one. The truth is that sometimes when you want a relationship so badly, you draft the first reasonable candidate.
Or you're miserable because there's no prospect on the horizon. Neither is a good option. Especially at this stage of life, why would you want a relationship that doesn't bring you happiness? I can think of something far worse than being single, gay and older. Being coupled, gay and unhappy. Dave Singleton works for AARP Publications and has written two books and numerous columns on dating and relationships. You are leaving AARP. Please return to AARP. Manage your email preferences and tell us which topics interest you so that we can prioritize the information you receive.
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Confront your fears You're never too old to find love, but that's not a message gay men hear very often. Chat with a guy who isn't your "type" and stretch your boundaries. One is learning the rules; the other has "been there, dated that" and wonders, "Now what? Neither is dating at midlife — especially if you're a gay man. His life was set the fuck up. Focus on what you've gained — rich experiences, accomplishments, survivor skills and wisdom. Most gay men never reach the end of this process, and many never start.
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Share using email. Bette Davis used to say, "Getting older ain't for sissies. Neither is dating at midlife — especially if you're a gay man. Confront your fears You're never too old to find love, but that's not a message gay men hear very often. Embrace your new reality For every something entering the gay dating scene full of wide-eyed wonder, there's a something or a , or older-something man back on the market after a relationship ends.
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Explore all that AARP has to offer. Offer Details. That day was very nice. He indulged me by following Laura Dern around instead of looking at the gardens, which was definitely not the first time she had been stalked by gay men at a garden party. Afterward, we had wine with some of his straight friends. By the end of the day I had done something uncharacteristic for me at that time: I asked him about his life instead of talking about mine. What were the hardest years?
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Twenty years after becoming successful, what did it feel like now? I gathered my information, came, and then went home to my basement. We maybe hung out romantically once more after that, but then it faded in a natural way. This kind of thing happened a couple dozen more times in my early 20s.
A huge theme in all my work is confidence. From the moment you realize as a gay man who you are, whether it's a challenging process or not, you know maybe subconsciously that a lot of the world hates you.
Some want you dead. I knew it was harder for me to get what I wanted, and a lot of that was self-inflicted. I didn't think I deserved what I knew I wanted. What I was doing in my early 20s, by dating older men, was showing myself that maybe there was hope. That someday I could make some money and be successful and create a life for myself, just like these older men. It was a genuine sense of confidence from the inside.
Most gay men never reach the end of this process, and many never start. The gay confidence issue is both sad and interesting to me. I guess if we were completely self-assured, we would just be straight men who had sex with men. But maybe there is a stopping point. I never want to be so confident that I am making Planet of the Apes movies.