The LGBTQ Age Gap: How Old is too Young?
In the LGBTQ Community, I’ve often found that engagements and relationships are a hot topic conversation – not only within our social circles and gayborhood gossip, but especially when one of our LGBTQ celebrity trailblazers gets wrapped into the mix.
Over the last two weeks Colton Haynes (28) got engaged to his boyfriend (Jeff Latham ), Roland Emmerich (61) shocked himself by proposing to longtime boyfriend, Omar De Soto (28), RuPaul announced his marriage to Georges LeBar, and Calvin Klein (74) has came forth as dating yet another model in one half of the Baker Twins, Kevin (28). These have been posted about on all of the popular LGBTQ Blogs and have met media frenzy. While RuPaul has been rightfully celebrated, I couldn’t help but ask why the other three relationships have received so much criticism from our community. After thinking, the negative comments from the public begged the question: How Old is too Young?
While I honestly don’t believe any of the LGBTQ trailblazers listed above will sit through and read negative comments about themselves online- in a booming new relationship, when would they find the time!? However, do they deserve having a giant, red “A” painted on them for having an age difference? From what I can tell, the gentlemen above are all seemingly happy in their relationships and employed.
I’ll admit my bias support for the mentioned couples, as I prefer someone older than my mid-twenties. Often, while on a date at any restaurant, I’m overlooked by the server who will, without guilt, give the check to my obviously older companion. After browsing the ignorant comments on these new relationships and personally receiving daggers for eyes, I’ve begun to believe there is a general consensus within our community where we frown upon an age gap in couples. Not only do we frown, we judge and laugh.
If there’s an age gap, are we immediately allowed to light the torches and charge at them screaming “money”? When will we stop using the terms of “Sugar Daddy” and “Sugar Baby”, especially in instances when both individuals are not only adults, but successful. How Old is too Young?
(Via Pacific Coast News)