Gay youth dating


When I get home from work and realize the silence of the end of the day, I open one of the many dating or sex-based apps I have — programs that provide literally thousands of people for me to choose from as a possible match to my personality.I assume that I am like most people on these apps: ultimately seeking a lasting relationship.As difficult as it may be to admit, LGBTQ people – including LGBTQ youth – can be and are perpetrators of violence as well as its victims, and too often, that violence occurs in the context of romantic and/or sexual relationships.According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), lesbians and gay men experience equal or higher levels of intimate partner violence (IPV) as heterosexuals, with bisexual women suffering much higher rates of IPV in comparison to lesbians, gay men and heterosexual women.We all crave connection and intimacy, but there is nowhere for freshly out young gay men to connect.



Because LGBT still face shame and disownment, our coming out is plagued with fear that we will lose those we love, which leads to a shame-based idea of relationships.I never thought of approaching dating through this screening process, but many people inadvertently find themselves becoming a part of the hook-up culture.Compared to traditional dating methods, these apps provide many advantages: you save time on bad blind dates and boring conversations, you can connect to someone anytime you feel lonely, and if you are rejected you simply move on to the next person.Each dating app focuses on a different demographic, with Ok Cupid, Tinder, and Grindr thriving as probably the three most popular in the mainstream gay community.