UndercoverMan saidThere is a 24 year 355 days difference in our ages. He's well above 17 years of age.
It may be difficult for some to believe but we have much in common and enjoy each others' company very much.
Let's just say you're 50, so we can sleep tonight....
People can date outside of their age. It is what it is. But if you're an adult, it's morally questionable that when a teenager hits on you, you think that means fuck them.
I know some people think I'm wrong. I know guys who are in relationships where one is 18 or 19 and the other is ten, fifteen years older. In fact, when I was 17, I lived with my 26 year old bf, and honestly he seemed so old!!! My friends made fun of me. Oh, but he totally showed me the ropes. He told me that guys peaked physically at 19 and made me feel like I had to decide right then if I wanted to spend the rest my life with him.... It didn't last. He's now 46 and in LA, still looking for guys as young as is legally allowed.
Now that I'm older than he was when we were together, I see that he had more issues than I did. I didn't recognize that at 17. We weren't equals in the sense that I knew what I was dealing with. I was at an age when I should've been learning how to be man, but he was keeping me as a boy. Even when I desired aspects of it, which, in the end, I didn't, it wasn't what I now know being in a grown up relationship should or can be.
Maybe there needs to be a handbook for parents of gay teenagers on how to give advice on how to be a gay man, and that advice should include focus on your friends and try to meet people that way. Don't try to grow up too fast, or you'll find you held yourself back by letting someone else be the man for you.