Finding a Gay Boyfriend
The dating scene can already be tough if you're straight, but when you're gay, it introduces a whole new level of complication! Finding a boyfriend when you're gay can be a challenge since you can't readily just walk up to a guy and hit on him in public and know for sure that he will also be gay.
Furthermore, even if you do hook up with a guy (which is extremely easy to do compared to our straight counterparts, I must admit), it's a totally different ballgame when you're talking about a steady boyfriend who you can date for a decent period of time.
The problem is that a lot of us in the LGBT community look for relationships in the wrong places! So if you're looking to get together with someone for more than just a sweaty night of debauchery (maybe several sweaty nights?), check out these tips on how to find a boyfriend if you're gay:
1) Stop Looking for Boyfriends at the Club
Gay bars and nightclubs can be great places to find a hookup if you're into the one-night-stand type of thing, but they're not the greatest places to find a steady boyfriend. The mindset of someone at a club is...short-term, to say the least.
Yes, you might find someone there who is interested in something "real," but the ratio of those people to drunken revelers will be very low. You'll have to do a lot of filtering, and that's just inefficient if you can search in greener pastures, so to speak.
Having said that, I've known people who met their significant others at the club (with varying results). Gay clubs are one of the few places you can go where you know that a guy is unlikely to get testy if you hit on him (even if he is straight). However, there are other, more high-quality places to look, especially if you're not the kind of person who is interested in partying until 3 AM. Don't force yourself to look for dates at the club just because you think that's your only option.
2) Don't Pretend to Be Something You're Not
Another common issue that I see in this community is the tendency to shame a person for their relative femininity or masculinity.
I've seen femme gay guys trying to act more "butch" in order to attract guys who only want to date masculine men, and I've seen a lot of guys shaming more feminine gay men and implying that they are "acting" feminine (as if it doesn't come naturally).
On the flip side, I've also seen masculine guys being shamed lightly and assumed to be "faking it" (as if gay guys are inherently feminine or something, and coming off as straight or masculine is automatically phony).
Needless to say, this is all BS. There is nothing wrong with being masculine or feminine, whatever your orientation may be. Still, these shenanigans often tempt people into putting up a front in order to conform.
Resist the urge to conform! You have something to offer the world as your unique self, and no one can ever see that if you hide it. This doesn't just come down to acting "masc" when you're not, for instance, it even comes down to the little things. If you have weird tastes and hobbies, be upfront about it. If you have unpopular opinions, put it out in the open.
This is how you find someone who is truly compatible with you.
3) Consider Looking for a Boyfriend in a Spiritual Community,
What? Finding a boyfriend at church when you're gay? What nonsense is this?
Believe it or not, there are plenty of gay-friendly churches or even just plain gay churches. Your local Unitarian Universalist church is a good bet, and they cover basically every and any religion.
You might also visit a meditation center or something similar.
The point here is that you'll be searching through a pool of people who are a bit more in tune with their higher selves. You'll usually have access to guys with a stronger sense of purpose and responsibility than you'll find at a bar, for instance.
4) Consider Forgoing Dating Apps
These days, dating apps are common, so you might be able to find a boyfriend on one.
However, straight or gay, dating apps trend towards the superficial. You might find a diamond in the rough, but most guys on there are going to be mostly interested in what you're packing and whether you have hard abs--and the rest of you will merely be a nice bonus.
Whether your abs can cut glass or not, if you're looking for something long-term, you may want to skip the superficialities and look for a boyfriend in person only, perhaps through your in-person social network.
5) Volunteer at Your Local LGBT Community Center
Looking for a boyfriend who is caring, compassionate, responsible, and willing to do what he can for the community?
Be that person yourself! Volunteer at your local LGBT center, or offer to help during a Pride event, and you'll meet all kinds of interesting people. Maybe one of them might even catch your eye.