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5 Tips to Overcome Your Loneliness as a Gay Man

Updated August 31, 2022

by Clinton Power, psychotherapist and Gay Therapy Center guest blogger

Unfortunately, feelings of loneliness and isolation are really common in the gay community despite the focus on love and relationships. Sometimes you might struggle with making connections at all, and other times you may feel “alone in a crowded room” because it’s so hard to forge true connections.

Let’s explore how you can constructively deal with these feelings and share a life you’re excited to live!

Why do gay men get lonely?

Loneliness is, in some ways, part of the gay experience. Since everyone is assumed to be heterosexual, we all start out in the closet. The stress of not being out is emotional more than rational, but it takes its toll. Even before you came out to yourself, on some level you might have known you couldn’t fulfill expectations of a heterosexual life. You may have grown up feeling different and separated from the majority.

After you’re out of the closet, things don’t necessarily improve right away. No matter who you are, as a gay man you’ve experienced homophobia (whether active or passive) from family, friends, and/or the culture at large. This is called “minority stress” and can be more harmful than many people give it credit for.

Some of the problem comes from the culture of gay men themselves. Gay men can often buy into the negative aspects of masculinity. Trying to be emotionally detached—and succeeding, too—can cause psychological harm.

Many gay men belong to other groups that are discriminated against even within the gay community, magnifying your minority stress and contributing to negative body image. LGBTQ+ spaces like clubs (and more recently, hookup apps like Grindr) are not designed for the creation of close relationships, leading to many encounters where you might have to be focused on the physical instead of the emotional.

Altogether, these factors mean that gay men—despite the chosen-family attitude of the LGBTQ+ community—often feel lonely and isolated. How do you learn to deal with these unhappy feelings?

How to Overcome Feelings of Loneliness as a Gay Man

Feelings of loneliness and isolation can lead to depression, anxiety, self-harm, substance abuse, and suicide, so it’s very important to make genuine connections as a gay man.

Substance abuse is, in particular, a common issue because many people feel that alcohol and/or “uppers” like cocaine or Crystal Meth give you the edge in social situations that allow you to interact more freely and with less inhibition. Using substances for reasons like these can create a dependence that leaks over into other parts of your day-to-day life.

Now that you know you’re not alone in your loneliness, here are things you can do to overcome these feelings.

Five Practical Tips You Can Use to Alleviate Loneliness

  1. Admit to yourself and others how lonely you’re feeling. Being open and honest about your emotions frees you from some of their weight, and reaching out to others can help you form more intimate relationships. Knowing and seeing that people care about you can make all the difference!
  2. Volunteer, join clubs or sporting groups that meet regularly. It’s much easier to make friends with people who you see on a regular basis than to make friends with people you see once at a club. Research shows that people who start volunteering become happier over time.
  3. Get closer with your acquaintances. Many people don’t reach out to possible friends that they already know. This takes little effort and you can deepen your connection in less time because you have a pre-existing relationship.
  4. Get help for substance use. Using might make you feel more confident in the short term, but in the long run it will just make you feel lonelier and more isolated. If you’re abusing alcohol or drugs, seek out support groups like AA or NA, which often have LGBTQ meetings in most major cities.
  5. Seek out a gay-affirmative therapist. While there can be some stigma about seeing a therapist, including in the gay community, therapists exist to help you find creative solutions that work. You will learn to deal with your existing feelings of loneliness, as well as increase your confidence and self-esteem. Group therapy is also a good option where you can connect with other gay men and learn more about yourself and how you relate to other people.

    Take a small step today and enroll in The Gay Therapy Center’s free online course 30 Days to Feeling Good About You! It can help you build a better relationship with yourself and others.

Believe it or not, there are always going to be people out there who would love to create a true friendship with you. Use some of these practical tips to find new friends and reduce your loneliness and isolation once and for all.

Are you an LGBTQ+ person struggling with loneliness?

Don’t let feelings of loneliness consume you. If you’re ready to take the next step to getting help, schedule a free 15 minute call to discuss your therapy needs and be matched with an LGBTQ+ therapist.


About the Author:

Clinton Power is a psychotherapist who specializes in working with LGBTIQ people in Sydney, Australia. In 2003, Clinton founded Sydney Gay Counselling to support the mental health and wellbeing of LGBTIQ singles and couples.

Clinton’s book 31 Days to Build a Better Relationship has been downloaded over 5,000 times and is available for Kindle on Amazon. Visit his blog to sign up for his free report, 10 Tips for Moving Out of Relationship Pain, or follow Clinton on Facebook.


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Santi Sarsgosa
Santi Sarsgosa
02/03/2021 6:41 PM

I am 57 years old and gay man,
I have never found or met another gay man and had s relationships, is this happening to many other gay men?

Aaron J Smith
Aaron J Smith
Reply to  Santi Sarsgosa
05/05/2021 7:19 PM

Yea. Im in the same boat. Im 59 came out in my early 40s. Had one 8 month relationship with the love of my life. Lost him to a hot 23 year old with nothing else to offer but his hot body. Idk where to even look. Grindr is a joke. No good guys there.

Rick
Rick
Reply to  Aaron J Smith
30/06/2021 10:55 AM

Hi Aaron. I am also 59 and came out only three years ago! Was married to a very nice woman, but…
email me if you want to chat.

Edward
Edward
Reply to  Rick
31/08/2023 12:11 PM

I know where you are coming from brother. Would love to chat…

Wayne McCormick
Wayne McCormick
Reply to  Rick
07/02/2024 7:23 PM

Yes I am Wayne in small town Rochelle Georgia’ alone and lonely need friend

Winthrop
Winthrop
Reply to  Aaron J Smith
14/11/2022 1:50 PM

Seen this post while battling with loneliness. Trying to connect with people with same situation. What I am thinking now is to connect with them to build good friendship as we continue our journey. At least, it may make us happy once in a while.

tom
tom
Reply to  Winthrop
22/05/2023 8:47 PM

I am 60 in the living Miami and I realize I’m never going to meet someone here so I’m deciding to leave just so hard to meet a quality man I need a little bit of chemistry but I also need companionship at 60 or different when you’re 30 but just because I’m 60 don’t think I have a great sex life in a committed relationship I think we all need to start dating Grinders no good scrubs no good adam4adams no good how do you meet people I don’t like bars

Neil
Neil
Reply to  Aaron J Smith
15/01/2023 7:18 AM

I’m 48, and so lost. Back in my 20’s I was doing drugs just to be social like the rest. When you saw me I was outgoing. Now I’m still outgoing, but to meet others I chock. I’m lost getting all the help I can get it does help. When I’m alone I think back to the past that’s all I know of. Meeting people that I can connect with would be wonderful.

J.P.
J.P.
Reply to  Neil
21/04/2023 9:50 PM

I am reaching out because I know my son feels exactly how you describe your loneliness.

Troy Cox
Troy Cox
Reply to  Neil
30/10/2023 5:43 PM

I am reading what you wrote over and over again, scratching my head because I also get that same feeling, despite the lack rationality behind it. You see, the heart, or maybe it’s the child in us, I don’t know – we somehow cannot accept the place where we once felt we would have a lifetime of love and acceptance , is the place where we go from boyfriend to boyfriend to finally achievement independence, only to realize that we were right from the beginning: Independence (at least to the modern extent) is not that wonderful brisk wind of freedom we thought. In fact, years of gone by. I can’t believe I have been single for 4 years. I can have fun sure. You know, that same fun other messed up gay have. But what would be fun and meaningful would mean like a road to the keys or something really romantic. OR YOU KNOW WHAT, TO HAVE SOLID FRIENDS. I would be totally okay with too. I don’t mean sex. I don’t mean any of that. But it would be nice to actually meet people with common interests for a change.

Shepherd
Shepherd
Reply to  Neil
29/02/2024 3:42 PM

Let’s talk❤️

Raymond
Raymond
Reply to  Aaron J Smith
23/01/2023 5:41 AM

I am 59, and still in the closet and married to a good woman but she has no idea.
I have fantasies of me.
Living a lie is horrible and trying to act straight is no fun. Are there anyone in this situation like me?

Tom
Tom
Reply to  Raymond
23/02/2023 6:52 PM

Yep my wife is so devoted but I’m so lonely. I’m 64, no sexy, all she did was batch about it.

Mike
Mike
Reply to  Raymond
08/09/2023 6:40 AM

I know how you feel. I am a 50 year old gay man. I am also with a woman and in the closet. Living a lie is horrible.

stupot
stupot
Reply to  Raymond
21/10/2023 1:46 PM

I am 64 and am also living a lie. i have known since my early teens that i was different, and i have tried to live a straight life. It has had a massive effect on my mental wellbeing i wish i just had the strength to be me.

Selim
Selim
Reply to  Santi Sarsgosa
24/10/2021 3:08 PM

I feel same

Groves
Groves
Reply to  Santi Sarsgosa
03/02/2022 7:31 PM

I’m 32 and I’m feeling the same way. I just haven’t found that group of ppl that I feel where I can authentically be myself and belong.

Bobby
Bobby
03/07/2021 7:19 PM

Same here as well, I am 57, came out at 32, thought I had a relationship but looking back it’s was a joke, I was fooling myself. I’m thinking a lot is hopless, especially at 57.

Jeff
Jeff
06/07/2021 5:16 PM

Im 58 and feel totally lost. I was one of the "pretty boys" back in the 80s and 90s. I never had a problem picking up someone. Now, my sex life has flatlined. Im depressed. it hit me like a ton of bricks. Youre enjoying life and all the attention, then all of a sudden you are an "old queen ". It happens so fast. I guess its something we all have to go through. As hard as I try to focus on other things, the lack of “feeling attractive” takes it`s toll.

Spencer
Spencer
Reply to  Jeff
16/07/2022 11:05 PM

Yes, yes, I feel your pain. I wasn’t promiscuous at all, but I really miss all the men that oogle over me and try to pick me up. At times, back then, I would hate it, but now. Oh, now I would give anything for that. again. Started gay sex at 15, and held a really good body through my mid 50’s. But now, well……..

Arnold
Arnold
Reply to  Jeff
25/11/2022 2:55 AM

61 here, and same experience in the 70s and 80s, so even before safe sex… I learned not to do too dramatic, it is simply inherent to all human life, it is suffering and everything is impermanent. I cherish that I had the honor of being part of this and have all these experiences. I feel good about it and can even laugh about the fact that nowadays I can enter a gay bathhouse as if I am the invisible man while in the late 70-s I everyone was chasing me 🙂 Be happy that you were attractive in the first place, many people are not or do not have the liberty of enjoying it.

Dominic DiPentino
Dominic DiPentino
Reply to  Jeff
04/03/2023 6:17 PM

I’ve noticed that we men in our mid to late fifties have this problem. Ima also in the same boat. I believe it stems from the fact that many of us were very popular when we were younger, and yet somehow me ended up alone. Not just romantically but also in general. Our friends we once had go off and get married and have kids, then grandkids. Once the kids begin, they belong to a different married world and drift out of our lives.

Troy Cox
Troy Cox
Reply to  Jeff
30/10/2023 6:20 PM

Sometimes being attractive comes at a cost. I’m 41 and I am still relatively attractive I suppose. I’m not really sure if I am, but people do that sometimes. Actually, it’s the only thing people say. In fact some people say that I am too attractive for them. Sometime people have later on told me that they used to thing I was so stuck up. I find that so unlike me. Once they meet me that they tell all the judgement that had about me simply based on my appearance. So much of the conversations is about looks and being judged unfairly because of looks. By the end of the conversation though, it seems as though because I am not not stuck up or because I’m not what they negatively thought, somehow they have lost all sexual interest. Then they dissapear like a ghost. Can’t be friendly. Can’t be too smart. Can’t be too good looking. And I guess your not friendly, not smart or good looking, then I guess, you’ll be depressed because again, you can’t pick up anyone. So what you’re feeling is valid, but don’t blame your age. Blame this culture.

Trey
Trey
Reply to  Troy Cox
08/01/2024 8:18 PM

It’s not the culture but the Era. I lived in fear of being outted for years. Born in 70. Closeted until I was mid 30’s and even then just stuck a toe out. Grew up hearing gay slurs from my father only to meet his ex BOYFRIEND at the funeral. Now I’m here. On dating apps where people my age lie about it. I just don’t post it. Almost everyone online is over half my age and makes me feel like a perv if I chat with them. Even if they iniate the chat. I feel alone. I am alone but, like the settlers crossing the plains long ago I am history. I made a difference. I loved when it wasn’t allowed and struck a trail others would and will follow. Am I lonely, yes. Alone, no. I have your stories.
When I look at today’s dating sites I wonder why couldn’t I have been born in the 90’s. Seems everyone is open and sexy. Young but sexy. Then I realize how my life has made a difference. And I’m happy
Then I realize if I had been born in the 90’s, I would have been a horn dog. A REAL HORN DOG!! Then I think, I’m lonely but I made a difference. I realize, I’m lonely but I’m blessed. I’m not dead, I’m free of STDs and I’m alive. It’s about time I quit regretting being lonely, quit trying so hard to find love and let fate take the lead. Why not, it’s gotten me to here.

Ian
Ian
12/11/2021 9:15 AM

50 something, been taken by Colombian immegration fraudster. We gay old folk are so unprepared for sexless stage in life.

Huw Wilson
Huw Wilson
28/02/2022 4:35 PM

I’m 36 and I feel so lonely and isolated. I was fortunate to have married when I was 28 but divorced by 33. I have always felt socially detatched from everyone else and this isn’t helped by the fact that I have no family that really care about me anymore. I wish I could overcome this and live a happy life but it’s making me so unhappy. This article was interesting but it gave me no real hope because I don’t live in a big town with big groups and financially it’s not viable for me to move. I’m addicted at this point to alcohol. I feel hopeless.

Adam Blum
Adam Blum
Admin
Reply to  Huw Wilson
18/03/2022 9:38 AM

This sounds really painful and I am sorry you are going through this difficult time. I do hope you’ll reach out for local treatment for addiction. That’s a really good place to start and you will meet many other people dealing with isolation. They may not be gay people in your small community but you will see yourself reflected in their stories and that will be an important step in your healing process.

Anonymous
Anonymous
Reply to  Huw Wilson
11/06/2022 5:14 PM

Hello, Sorry to hear you’re feeling this way. It’s been 6 months since I ended a 14 year relationship and feel very lonely right now.

Troy Cox
Troy Cox
Reply to  Huw Wilson
30/10/2023 6:30 PM

Hey there. I know this may be forward, but the fact your a bit younger than some of the guys in here that mention again, and you also share a similar feeling, this is testament that we share this kind of “i’m not good-enough’ feeling. So for that I thank you for sharing. This a fun group. Is this a live group? I like this conversation. And you need someone to talk to, I would happy to talk or to chat. This is my freist in group. But you can also find me on instagram. Troydcox or my facebook with is also my name Troy Cox. But I have. feeling and we can probably form at weekly meeting group if you guys want to. There is not such thing as old age. I say it all the time. I certainly know what lonliness and rejection is. I been rejected so much that I reject myself and don’t know it. So with that said, maybe we can all be a good help to one another. Talk soon

L.Mateo
L.Mateo
03/06/2022 6:53 PM

I’m 58 . I don’t know what’s like to love and be loved. I have never been lonelier in my life. I’m closeted but I don’t pretend I’m someone I’m not . I simply exist. I don’t like gay clubs, so I never meet anyone. It came to a point where I don’t believe in love, it seems like an utopia people spend their lives in search for.

Anonymous
Anonymous
13/06/2022 5:10 PM

This seems to imply that we all have substance abuse issues to get over before we can be worthy of not being alone.

Troy Cox
Troy Cox
Reply to  Anonymous
30/10/2023 6:35 PM

Nope, I see what you saying but couples do just as many drugs as anyone else. What makes them worth and not us? Lets think about that. Why have they managed to succeed with a relationship and we can’t even really get a date. Maybe, thought, some of these people are not really in a relationship. Maybe they are lonely too. I see a lot of married guys and don’t even sleep even sleep in the same room with their their husbands.

Terry S English
Terry S English
26/06/2022 10:39 PM

I came out at 49. I knew I was gay my entire life, but grew up in a very religious environment as a Jehovahś Witness. I was constantly told homosexuality was an abomination. I denied who I was for years until I came to the point where I either had to live my true life or end my life. Luckily, my mother was very supportive as well as my sister. I am not out to most of my family as I know I would not be accepted. I am extremely lonely and just want to meet someone who wants a relationship and not just a quick hook up. I want love and companionship, which does not seem to be the norm in the gay community. I have lots of friends, but at the end of the day, I am alone. I want someone to share my life with and someone to love.

Nick P
Nick P
Reply to  Terry S English
14/11/2022 8:44 AM

Hi I’m so sorry for all of us going through all of this

James
James
04/08/2022 7:51 AM

I came out at 18, and am now 52. I have never had a relationship at all. Of course I have been extremely lonely.However, I would say that over the last few years I have been able to make peace with the fact I will always be single. I am an Introvert, and perhaps becoming more so as I age.The thought of dating appalls me tbh, and although I do still feel lonely at times, it’s at a level I can cope with.

Robert
Robert
08/08/2022 1:36 PM

Are there any groups for men in sexless relationships?

Anonymous
Anonymous
Reply to  Robert
05/04/2023 5:24 PM

I doubt it

Anonymous
Anonymous
Reply to  Robert
11/02/2024 2:30 AM

Yes, its called friends

Justin
Justin
11/08/2022 8:30 PM

I have never had any trouble finding sex, in fact it is frustrating how much easier it is to find sex then to find someone who wants to make a genuine human connection. These days, so many gay men are in good, long relationships and even getting married. How they do it, I have no idea. My entire life, I have had difficulty even getting a date where someone wants anything other than sex. I am 40 now. I don’t know any other gay men. I see only emptiness in my future.

Jack H
Jack H
Reply to  Justin
24/10/2022 7:29 PM

I am at this exact point in my life. It’s hit me very hard actually since I just turned 40. It’s like my world is turned upside down and just lonely and don’t know where to go from here. Although i guess we aren’t as alone as we think because of this site.

Please feel free to email if anyone would like to chat more in depth.

Philip
Philip
Reply to  Jack H
29/10/2022 7:32 PM

Totally agree. 50 hit me like a brick wall.

Philip
Philip
Reply to  Justin
29/10/2022 7:30 PM

I totally agree, I’ll be 51 in a few days and have no close friends. Moved from Alabama back to Oklahoma, leaving my church and good friends. Then Covid hit. I’m also amazed how easy it is to find sex but can’t find anyone to chat with, watch a movie and be normal.

Anonymous
Anonymous
01/10/2022 8:53 AM

Just browsing- I can echo what ive read except for alcohol/substance abuse. It feels good simply to write.

George
George
03/10/2022 8:29 AM

Very helpful, i guess were not alone

Richard
Richard
07/11/2022 4:53 AM

I came out at the age of 23 and was very popular then. I found my long term partner about 4 years later and we were together for 28 years until he died of prostate cancer at 70. In all the time we were together he never stopped telling me that he loved me. I have been on my own for close on 18 years and although I have a number of friends I feel very lonely and unloved. The worst is trying to contact them by phone and being faced with the “kiss of death” ansafone. I have to constantly make the effort to contact people. It’s like pushing a wheel that stops when I stop pushing it or get too exhausted to continue. I recently made close friends with a 30 year old guy who is very caring and physical in a way I haven’t known for years but he lives a fair way from me and is not well off at all, with all the burdens of a dysfunctional family. He is single and has no job at present despite being well qualified; and he has a room in a house. I go up to see him quite often. Incidentally, I am 72.

Jon
Jon
19/11/2022 7:52 PM

Well my life has been a complete disaster, came out toy family and was told i am going to hell. The found out I was adopted by a father, always knew there was a difference shown, just didn’t know why until then. Shot in the head for being gay, still have bullet in my brain. You name it and it has happened to me. I have very low self esteem, depression, loneliness… Don’t know what else to do…I am in a relationship but not happy. I am at my lowest. Just praying that something can give me a positive response as to what to do. To reverse my feelings. Raised in the bible belt. North Carolina. I hate my life….

Rucs
Rucs
Reply to  Jon
09/12/2022 6:54 AM

Perhaps try to analyse and ruminate less on your unhappiness. New thoughts will be a new life. Perhaps try to look beyond yourself (I know it’s difficult, I am also very focused on my inner world, my feelings and my pain). Try to find a purpuse to be helpful to others. Volunteering, helping people, perhaps some gardening, some cooking and than share the food :), good books, good music. And cut all social media (facebook, Twitter, insta), it gives people so much depression, without noticing it. If you are somehow believer, try to pray to get out of this unhappiness and to be useful…

kieron
kieron
Reply to  Jon
30/12/2022 8:53 PM

dm me jon. you will be fine. i think you can dm me here.

Nick
Nick
23/11/2022 10:32 AM

I’m still in the closet and about to turn 22. You all seem much older than me and I’m going through hell. I’m still a virgin and feel like I’m never going to find someone… because I’m not even trying. I don’t want to be gay. Any advice for coping?

Rucs
Rucs
Reply to  Nick
09/12/2022 7:08 AM

I already wrote to someone (above in the comment section). Perhaps try a new life if you don’t really like yours. That could mean new habits and new thoughts. And also less thinking and ruminating your unhappiness. Try to think of others more, to imagine how you could be helping and useful.
In my case, it helps me to speak loudly with myself from time to time (not crazy), to encourage, to pray, to walk in nature, do some gardening, make small gifts and surprises to others. And stay out of social media as much as you can (I deactivated my facebook acount 7 years ago). Social media makes people depressed, they keep comparing to others, they become tense and hateful…

kieron
kieron
Reply to  Nick
30/12/2022 8:54 PM

DM me mate. I am in a similar position from a very religious family AND community. Be good to chat

Anonymous
Anonymous
09/12/2022 11:19 AM

Sometimes find things difficult. At present buying Christmas presents eg alone.

joseph
joseph
21/12/2022 11:38 AM

Hi I am a 17 year old boy in Africa dealing with the same problem I haven’t yet come out of the closet to everybody but to my gay friends only. I am single and I experiance loneliness most of the time and i always ask my self the same question alot of people are going through right now of[AM GOING TO BE LONELY TILL I GET OLD ] living in Africa were LGBTQ rules are not allowed it’s tough and also hard to find a gay boyfriend cause alot of us are hiding here, its hard cause here we dont have gay bars or the Gay community. so some say we should have sex with someone that way will find someone who really wants a relationship not just a hook up but that leaves me hanging cause it’s like they are telling us to be offering our bodies to people. I AM NOT SAYING NO TO SEX. i am a virgin ready to take the next step but i dont want it to be in this kind of situation. PLEASE WHAT SHOULD I DO TO STOP FEELING LONELY

Frogking
Frogking
Reply to  joseph
06/02/2023 3:12 PM

Hi Joseph, I’m also from Africa and I relate so much to what you said here,

kieron
kieron
30/12/2022 6:53 PM

Hi- I am 47 and have found trying to date men a really depressing experince. I am mixed race Agentine and Afghan, Brit born and have had to face alot of issues within the gay apps when trying to find guys to connect deeply with. The majorit seem to only be able to operate through a hyper sexual lens and if you are not stunning, white, super masculine, preferably smooth and under 31, then you are nothing. You are seen as invisible and this has got worse and worse as i have got oldr.
I relied on my good looks up to around 40 and they have naturally started to lose there striking features.
I dread guys asking me to show face on snap and my body because it does not meet that perfection standard, although, i am still in good shape for 47. Snap and other apps are not your friend as you age! I am not out as Bi and i think it will stay this way now. The blocking, ghosting, rejection, straight up telling you you are not super hot etc eventually wrecks your self esteem. Personality and kindness do not seem to count for anything with men looking for men. I was lucky enough to meet guys up to age say 42, but past 2 years has become harder and i feel i will be lonely now as it probably only gets harder. I am a loving caring guy and always though i would end up with someone i love and connect deeply with, not like this. The other issue is my own libido has dropped shaprly and it was a main driver before and helped me connect with guys. Without sounding crass, i can’t get it up like i did at 21 and again, you are out of the game if you can’t do that with guys as everything revolves around sex. DM me if you want a nice chat. Thanks people.

kieron
kieron
30/12/2022 8:56 PM

i wish there was a topic here or somewhere ‘ losing your good looks as you age as a gay or bi man and becoming invisible’

kMark
kMark
01/01/2023 8:02 AM

i am in my 40s in similar place. Feel very very lonely. DM if you want to chat

Anonymous
Anonymous
06/01/2023 9:21 AM

I am 19 and I feel a void inside me. I understand that being gay isn’t a choice, but that makes it 10x harder. My sexuality is the one thing in my life I truely want to control and I’m not able to. I don’t want to lie to a poor woman about who I am, then having to own up because I was pretending all along. I feel desperate, I don’t fit in when my friends talk about their girlfriends. I am afraid of growing old lonely, sexually frustrated and frustrated with life in general. I’m doing so much, working so hard and yet I feel like I’m failing the one thing I’m supposed to do on this planet. I am most afraid of not having children, I feel like I’ll be the end of what was supposed to be a chain.

Anonymous to anonymous
Anonymous to anonymous
Reply to  Anonymous
28/06/2023 11:25 AM

Dear anonymous
I see you are in a hard situation, u should not pretend to be someone u are not what u need is to accept yourself, accepting on personal level for start, since if u accept and be happier about yourself u dont need others to decide how u feel, with all the hard work u have done I know it feels like we are alone sometimes but u are fearing for things too long in later part of your life.

Adam
Adam
14/02/2023 8:49 PM

It seems like I’m reading a bit of my life in every comment. Just about to turn 59 and I’ve never felt this miserable. I have no idea what it’s like to love and to be loved. Just a lonely life masqueraded by whatever was going on . Now, it feels like my life is over , and if I never had anyone while younger and still filled with dreams , now it feels totally impossible.

Dominic DiPentino
Dominic DiPentino
04/03/2023 6:24 PM

I also share these same feelings that many of my fellow gay me. In their fifties have. All my friends I once had followed the “path”. They got married, had kids, and some are even grandparents. We single people can’t participate in their new world. There’s no place for us. Same with siblings and cousins we were once close to. I look around now and ask myself: if I were to just suffer to vanish, would anyone really care? I know it sounds dramatic, but I truly mean it. Parents are dead. Sister has her own family. Same with cousins. Friends are married and with their own lives. Pets help a great deal, but it’s not quite the same thing. Pets give us purpose, but it’s not the same. It’s a feeling of knowing there are people who care, but have their own lives and do their own thing, with their own families. This all just hit me today; like a hammer hitting a nail. It’s as if I’ve become obsolete to the world.

mark ruckman
mark ruckman
18/03/2023 2:37 PM

I’m 50and my son is 22and gay is proud of it so ami

Alex
Alex
29/03/2023 12:06 PM

Even though I can’t really relate to most of the experiences that I’ve read in the comments, I still feel somehow very lonely. I’m 22, I live in Italy, in a pretty small, but liberal
and open-minded city. I came out when I was 15 without much trouble, I’ve never had any problem with my sexuality, my friends and family are all supportive, I’ve never been bullied or anything, I go to prides every year. I’m still a virgin, I’ve never dated or kissed anyone, nobody ever approached me or wanted to know me, probably mainly because I’ve never been on Grindr or any other app, but even if I was nobody would want to do anything with me, and the community doesn’t see feminine guys in the most positive way. I extremely dislike my body and my personality. I’m the least confident person on earth, even though I’m quite flamboyant around my close friends, I feel out of place, unsexy and uninteresting, and the idea of sexual interaction or any kind of interaction and emotional exposure with a guy scares me, ’cause I don’t feel “worthy” enough, I see myself too far from those other fit and charismatic gay people. When I’m out and some of my friends point out that there’s a guy that could be gay and they try to convince me to talk to him I panic and I’d just want to run away (and that’s why I don’t go to gay bars, but even in “straight” clubs I have to drink A LOT to feel confident enough to dance and be myself). I know that even if I had a perfect body and beautiful personality, I wouldn’t find love, cause it looks like everyone is just looking for sex. But still, sometimes, I’d like to know how it feels to be loved and appreciated.. sometimes I have a lot of fomo and feeling like every year that passes I get even more unlikable and that I’ll end up alone. I’m a very shy person, so I can’t even try to explain how I feel to my friends, I don’t wanna be seen as overdramatic.

Bobby owcarz
Bobby owcarz
12/04/2023 11:38 PM

Ok

Paul
Paul
18/04/2023 10:19 AM

I’ve known I was gay since college, but have never come out to my family. They are devoutly Catholic, and I don’t want to be seen as the person in the room who everyone pities and everyone thinks “needs help”. I still abide by many of the same morals principles though, and this tends to turn a lot of gay people off, because many of them want nothing to do with Christianity or religion in general.

I have made friends recently and have even gone so far as to ask one of them out, though he turned out to be straight. I want someone who I can simply love get to know better. Someone who wants to spend time with me as much as I do with them. Some who just wants to sit in silence and hold hands and feel that connection that need no words.

The stress of being careful not to “let it slip” that I’m gay in front of the wrong people is really wearing on me. I don’t want to tell my mother, because she is a social media-addicted gossip and has no respect for anyone’s privacy, and I know as soon as I tell her, there will be some cryptic Facebook post about how “she’ll love her son no matter what”. I don’t feel comfortable coming out to the people who know me the best, and the people who I have told don’t know me very well, so their company just doesn’t feel as meaningful.

Leon
Leon
24/04/2023 8:39 AM

i’m 24 & i’m lonely since the day 1! no friends to go out with & nothing! honestly at my 20 s i have never felt this level of loneliness in my life that i can’t cope with! im just so lost …

Italo21
Italo21
15/05/2023 11:14 PM

Im 22, and at 17 I started to built not only my personality, but the ideas and concepts on which this worlds seems to be ruled upon, especially within the gay community. Yes, I have found that theres not so much of a pre-stablished path for us, whether talking about relationships with family/ partners/ friends or even the idea of us getting married or parenting.
Not intending to sound dramatic, but it crushes my hope, little by little every time it crosses my mind, that there are certain things we cannot fight agaisnt and enivetably will have to face and accept, like the overall pending repudiation against same-sex couples outside of major/big cities, how aging seems to be curse for those who still look for love, or even, theres no hope for waiting for rights like having a family (husband and children). Im from southamerica, and growing up I innocently used to think that dreams like mine were only made to happen on places like europe or USA, but reality came, and found that, much like many in here have posted, living there doesnt really change much the odds of finding the life we all are looking for. There still some battles within our own being that must take place first, like healing past traumas we may be carring without knowing or developing emotional stability with our lifes.
I still baffle with the idea that I ll never get to have my own family. Still, my desire to continue in this life kicks in and opens the idea of just conforming with finding a true loving partner whom I can share a life.
There are so many souls lost on despair for love, drown on self-anger and fear that irremediably will end up feeling like their life wasnt worth it becuase of their own very mindset. I encorauge not only myself, but u to look for hope, there are some good ideas that when correctly understood and apllied help on the proccess of accepting the downside of life, or even in some cases, let us see that our approaches on life may be not the best to actually get what we want(like not having develop our personalities, emotional maturity, the ability to be a good partner or a firm moral compass to lead us, or prejudice over certain people, due to our not-so-important “preferences”, whom may be actually who we need, etc).
I dont want either to think of myself as a victim, cuz, as i said, there are things that are at our hands that we could improve not only our perpective, but our life as a whole.

Nik
Nik
13/10/2023 5:01 PM

I am 21 and gay. I live in Toronto. I sometimes feel my life would have been so much easier if I was straight. I would have found someone easily. They have so many options. I feel so burdened by the need to have a toned and muscular body. I am so tired. I am a student. I need to have less stress but it wouldn’t just leave me. I feel I would never have relationships like this. I want something like my parents have. Something forever. Something reliable. Something comforting. Grindr is so shallow and vain. I have my fingers crossed. Idk I thought I wouldn’t feel this lonely coming out of the closet. regardless I am grateful for what I have and hopeful to find what’s meant for me. 🙂

Anonymous
Anonymous
14/10/2023 7:55 AM

I’m 63 been in a complicated relationship for 20 plus years and still lonely. We love each other, but have health issues so now I’m sexually lonely. We have straight friends and family and still feel isolated. Due to the pandemic Covid I retired to avoid coming out again at a new job

John
John
15/10/2023 10:29 PM

I got divorced from my wife at 41, after a fifteen year marriage. I still had a voracious sexual appetite, but found dating women a frustrating and pointless practice, as many of them are looking for marriage, which I was not. I had watched gay porn before and enjoyed myself, thought I might enjoy having sex with men, so I got on Grindr, met lots of men, had sex with lots of men, got on PrEP and had even more sex with more men. I can hookup with someone any time, but haven’t been on a date, like dinner, a movie, or dancing, in years. I’ll be fifty soon. Most of the guys I’m meeting are in their twenties and thirties, have their whole lives ahead of them and act like it. The guys my age I do manage to hookup with are married and closeted. Probably going to go back to what will sure to be a sexually disappointing relationship, but hopefully won’t be lonely.

Tyler
Tyler
18/10/2023 4:51 PM

I am gay, have autism, and a learning disability. No only have I never been wanted by other gays, but I am a failure to life in general. I am misanthropic towards the gay male community, and it’s not from internalized homophobia, it’s from the manipulation, and bullying.

Johan
Johan
Reply to  Tyler
05/11/2023 7:32 AM

Yes, loneliness is a big issue as i read in many posts here. But like many problems, focussing on the problem and turning the problem in all directions will not help!
I think the solution is way more interesting: if you look at any OTHER interest than sexuality, it opens the door to many nice and meaningful encounters.
If you’re interested in arts, go to galleries, if you’re interested in music, become friend of the ensemble, if you’re interested in books, become member of a bookclub…
And if you feel empty, volunteer somewhere, which makes you feel meaningful
Repeating you feel lonely without doing something about it doesn’t solve the problem

Life alone
Life alone
17/11/2023 3:59 AM

I have been very lonely in the Gay community now. In my 40s and it really is hard to contemplate sometimes. I feel like. When you turn a certain age in the Gay community. You feel like your are forgotten about sometimes. And you feel like it is just a life of disconnect in the whole of the Gay Community now. I have tried so hard. Yet I feel like it can be a lost Gay Scene now. Thanks.

honey
honey
26/11/2023 6:44 AM

I’m 25 years old, and we live in a society where most of the people around us, loves to be loved and give nothing back, they enjoy sex only Grindr and gay clubs and I don’t want to do any of those things cause they don’t match what I’m looking for, that makes me feel so lonely. I hope someday I’ll find what I’m looking for… My straight friends are getting married, they’re being in healthy relationships and I can’t even find someone to have a normal conversation with…

Doug
Doug
13/01/2024 3:44 AM

I am now 70 and wondering if there is any hope of living with another or not. Married for 25 years and knowing after day one it was a mistake. Thinking I would change myself I found a wonderful person that deserved every thing a man should provide. I tried year after year to convince myself our sexual connection would catch on but of course it never could. I grew so tired of pretending that our sex live gradually drifted away. I was never with another guy even though I had serious male crushes during my teenage years. I got to know one of them hoping there might be a chance but alas all he ever talked about was girls, girls, girls. All those years I had really hoped I’d be approached by another guy because I would have been ready and willing. I was married a year when I finally connected with a guy through creative loafing. I was 28 and what I knew was true was finally confirmed. While we just had sex I finally felt myself and the natural connection was confirmed.
I’ve been divorced many years now. I am also deeply in love with my church and my savior Jesus Christ which has kept me from pursuing a relationship. Yes celibacy has been my norm but keep feeling I don’t want to die alone never experiencing my natural self. I don’t know where to turn. I find it hard to connect with groups within my church because as many have said singles groups are for younger heterosexual people and groups are for couples. I have the added pressure of having 4 children and 6 grandchildren. They are very connected with church also and would separate themselves from me if I found a partner. So much crap to live through, and feeling isolated.

Ammar
Ammar
25/01/2024 2:54 AM

Hi, I am a 45 yrs old gay and have the same experience of loneliness since my 20th as I had my “human connections” standards to meet a gay guy from the very start. I could have a long term relationship (around 5years) twice, the thing that gay relationships fade by time though you met a special person, which sound odd to me as I expect time to strengthen the bonds and harmony with whom u knew for years but the opposite happens! They start very nice then change over time! All in all, Iam a 45 yrs lonely gay, all gay apps guys are into physical connections, nobody cares of how you are as they do about how you look. I wonder if there is special gay apps that recruit men who are into natural human connections with like minded men. Feeling lonely is difficult and affecting my whole life aspects, especially I am hiding my sexual orientation from my friends bcs they are all straight and married while Iam trying to cope alone with my loneliness and pain in silence!

Myliverwillhandlewhatmyheartcant
Myliverwillhandlewhatmyheartcant
05/02/2024 8:39 PM

Hello. I’m 21 years old and I’m gay. I always feels lonely even when I am with friends. I always ask myself, “why? Why am I this way?” Thinking that over time it gets better but doesn’t. I have come to a conclusion that I will never get to truly meet someone and love them because of my religion. It hurts. No matter how much I pray nothing happens. I want to be happen but I’m not. I’m depressed. Not suicidal but if something were to happen to me I wouldn’t care. It hurts knowing that I can never truly be normal in this awful world. All I do is eat, sleep, shit, and go to work over and over and for what? What’s the purpose of life if someone isn’t able to be with a significant other and it’s morally wrong?

Thomas D.
Thomas D.
14/02/2024 1:58 PM

I’m 51 and lost like many of you. I have the advantage that I live in Brooklyn where there are lots of gay men. And I look young for my age, a nice little bonus. But depression and a degree of social anxiety have always plagued me since I was a teen. The number of my friends in life has steadily dwindled… In college, I had tons, in my 20s I had a lot, in my 30s and 40s the number decreased further. During and after the pandemic I somehow lost a slew of friendships. Now I feel very alone in life. I learned as a child and teen that the only way to truly avoid being called a faggot or made fun of in some other way for being perceived as gay was to avoid people, so that’s what I did especially as an adolescent. And those habits can be so hard to break. I’ve had a little bit of solid relationship experience. But after turning 50 (and a bad breakup shortly before), I kinda fell apart. My many old straight friends are as if kids off to college now and celebrating 20th+ anniversaries. I’ve never even lived with a significant other before. It’s humiliating. I can tell my parents now look at me with concern and confusion that I’m alone at this age. I’ve even thought of suicide, tbh. I’m so sad all the time and can’t imagine life going on like this for years.

Zed
Zed
17/03/2024 1:26 PM

Hello, im Zedd and I understand the loneliness everyone is discussing on this platform. I feel the same . Im single, not many friends no kids and my life is blessed but feels miserable. I want to change it but i blame my anxiety and depression on keeping me a pleasant introvert. Im just becoming sick of life without any real happiness. I guess I’m just venting.

Justin TS
Justin TS
24/04/2024 5:06 PM

im gay and im in a homophobic country in africa, nobody wants to associate with another gay guy even the gay guys themselves, there’s no possibilities of making a friend,

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