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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.
“I used to get so excited when the meth was all gone.” This is my friend Jeremy.If you think you're too old for love or you stopped believing that you can find someone to love who'll love you back, think again. Focus on what you've gained — rich experiences, accomplishments, survivor skills and wisdom.Maybe you just stopped believing in the kind of naive love that you can only trust when you're young. Embrace your new reality For every 20-something entering the gay dating scene full of wide-eyed wonder, there's a 50-something (or a 60-, 70- or older-something) man back on the market after a relationship ends. Your next romantic partner will benefit from all of that, and from your passions for the life that's in front of you. Give up trying to be perfect, too, especially if that's a code word for "young." Yes, it's important to take care of your body and your health, but no need to obsess.I will, however, discuss why the messages black gay men are receiving are problematic and in poor—if not ignorant—taste.Bette Davis used to say, "Getting older ain't for sissies." Amen!In the article “Trump’s America, Racism on Gay Dating Apps is Getting Worse,” journalist Nico Lang spoke with a number of queer people of color and found that “slurs, threats, and rejection are driving many [of them] to retreat further into romantic defeat and isolation.” White readers might ask themselves: “Is it really that bad? Two weeks ago, I messaged someone with a friendly, innocuous “hello.” He replied by calling me a nigger and writing in all caps, “HAIL TRUMP!
” I won’t take the time right now to unpack the issue of racism in the gay community disguised as “sexual preferences” (but you can do your own reading here, here, and here).
Confront your fears You're never too old to find love, but that's not a message gay men hear very often. After years of "working on ourselves" and fighting social prejudice to gain self-esteem, many of us struggle to keep it. The gay community's — OK, let's get real, mostly the gay male community's — ageism. Who'd want you when there's some 30-year-old hottie turning everyone's heads at the gym? Focus instead on being your best self, no matter what your age.
"Within the gay community, negative stereotypes reinforce the belief that gay relationships are based solely on physical attraction, and that once youth starts to fade, we are unlikely to have any real or lasting relationships," says Rik Isensee, author of Are You Ready? And remember that the most important characteristics — loyalty, humor, intelligence and compassion — are ageless.
Yes, it's true that the Olympic-sized pool of dating prospects you swam in years ago seems like a lap lane when you reach your 50s. Get off of the sideline and get involved in your passions and interests.
For example, if you like the outdoors, join a gay hiking or walking group, and meet men while you get fresh air and exercise.
But that doesn't mean you should be rigid and inflexible. Chat with a guy who isn't your "type" and stretch your boundaries.