I actually think this is a great question because the majority of mine and Joe's friends are straight couples. There are similarities between straight and gay relationships, but there are definite differences as well.
Not to be a Debbie Downer (OMG I can't believe I just used that term
) but hey let's be honest... When your in a LTR you will have your typical relationship BS (you didn't do the dishes!!! I can't believe you said that to me!!! Blah Blah Blah)
I think it can be harder for Gays because we also have the added unwanted, unnecessary stresses/pressures from society and the times that we are living in.
I don't think straight couples can truly comprehend what it is like to be in a gay relationship. I mean hey...no one is telling them they can't get married or that they are going to go to hell because their love for each other is wrong. Now I'm not saying this is a day to day battle and, yes, society has come a long way since the 80's; but we all know there are still some streets we would not travel down because we wouldn't want to deal with whatever might happen if we and our lovers were caught making out or holding hands, and if you want to try to say you have never worried about it your lying.
The upside difference is (and no this is not true for everyone) but generally speaking I know several of my friends always want to have a "guys night out" or their wifes/girlfriends "girls night out" because guys and girls like different things...well how cool is the fact that I can still have my lover with me and we can still have a blast during "guys night out" because
we're both guys and like to do the same things. OK that was wordy, sorry for rambling but I liked the topic.