Take it slow This is applicable to all teens, but I’m looking specifically at young gay men when I say this.
Let me level with you: I’m a guy who dates guys, and I was also once a teenage boy who dated other teenage boys.
Few can process the thought of a homeless teen; teens that at first glance look like every other young person.
They may be well groomed, well mannered and energetic.
Still, before you label Justin this way, I’d ask you to consider a few “May/December” opposite-sex couples.
Some that quickly come to mind: Alec Baldwin is 26 years older than his wife.
So whether he's a Bear, Twink, Twunk, Cub, Daddy, Dilf, Otter, Chub, Gym Rat, Gym Bunny, or any of the other zillion names we give one another, only address him in generic terms, like handsome, sexy, hung.
less Know how to protect yourself Think STDs are something that won’t touch you because you and your partner are young? If you make the decision to become sexually active (something everyone does on their own schedule), it is your responsibility to protect yourself. If you’re not comfortable asking these kinds of questions, then you're probably not read to have sex.
If your school or community doesn’t have safe sex resources available, the Center for Disease Control website remains a great place to get clear tips. less Get advice from someone older and wiser If you have the opportunity to get advice from a trusted older and wiser LGBT friend or family member, take it.
I know the male hormone situation can put you into overdrive pretty quickly. Rushing into sex (especially your first time) can have consequences, and I’m not just talking STDs. One of the cool things about being gay is that you’re in a perfect position to not buy into the sexual commodification notch-on-your-gunbelt mentality that can pervade macho sexual culture.
Dating is not a race to see who can get their clothes off first or to see how many partners you can rack up before graduation.
Even the White House witnessed an intergenerational first family: President Grover Cleveland was 49 when he married Frances Folsom, then 21.