Interestingly, on Friday the Daily Beast posted a wonderful commentary by Samantha Allen about the double standard in the way May to December relationships are covered in the media and in the general consciousness entitled Freaking Out about Age Gaps in Gay Relationships is Homophobic. Filed under: Commentary, In the News | Tagged: age difference, age disparate, age gap, couple, gay, gay marriage, glbt, intergenerational, LGBT, link, media, partnership, queer, relationship, stephen fry | Leave a comment » Today we have the third part in a guest commentary by Robert Riley.It is well argued reflection on and refutation of the tropes and stereotypes found in discussion of gay men in age different relationships. Written in the form of an open letter to the parents of his significant other, it asks those parents to examine not only the fears they have but also the potential good of their son having an older partner.At the following links you can find So, now you’ve had a little time to get used to the idea…
Pretending that you’re okay with this when you’re not is equivalent to pretending that the six hundred pound gorilla in the corner is a Barbie doll.
You’ve got two choices, act on your opinion and demonstrate your surprise and displeasure or take a second and think what would happen if you had an open mind?
You’re here, so I’m thinking that maybe, just maybe you’ve decided to have an open mind, perhaps for only a bit, but that bit might be all that’s needed for you to break through the wall you’re operating behind and see something special. Nobody is going to question that your son is less mature than someone who is thirty years older than he is.
Over the past few years I’ve become a fan of the British actor and writer Stephen Fry.
From his old sketch comedy show with Hugh Laurie, to his TV travelogue of America, to his thoughtful web presence Mr.
Fry brings intelligence and humor to the all of his projects.
Though I’ve known Fry was gay I didn’t know much about his personal life.
This week he and his partner Elliott Spencer announced their engagement.
With Spencer being 30 year’s Fry’s junior a fury of speculation and insinuation flared up among the media and on social networks.
Of course, for those of us who’ve been in age different relationships this is not surprising, but it certainly is disheartening.
I empathize with both men for what amounts to public harassment.