Gay men over 45 far more likely to be single – and these are the reasons why

Gay men over 45 far more likely to be single – and these are the reasons why

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The findings were released in erican Association of Retired Persons). It surveyed 1,782 LGBT people across all 50 US states on their thoughts around aging.

It found 57% of gay men over the age of 45 were single. This compared to 39% of lesbians and 48% of bisexual men and women.

‘There’s more gay men in successful relationships than ever before but these stats don’t surprise me,’ says Matthew Todd, a British journalist and the author of Straight Jacket, How to Be Gay and Happy.

‘Of course, it’s perfectly fine to be single if that’s what you want but I’ve met so many single gay men who say they really just want to be in a serious relationship but can’t find one.’

‘Gay men more likely to live alone’

The AARP survey didn’t primarily look at relationship status. It was more concerned at identifying the challenges people face as they get older.

It revealed concern among both lesbians and gay men about the support networks they might have as they age, but, ‘gay men are far more likely to live alone’ and ‘gay men are less connected compared to lesbians on every relationship type tested, from LGBT friends to straight friends, from partners to neighbors.’

When asked about the wide discrepancy between the number of older gay men and lesbians in partnerships, AARP indicated this was unsurprising. According to a spokesperson, the discrepancy exists across ages and is not particular to people over the age of 45.

They pointed to a 2017 LGBT survey done by Community Marketing & Insights (CMI). This surveyed over 17,000 participants and found the 69% of millenial gay and bisexual men are single. This compared with 54% for millennial lesbian and bisexual women. Similar results came up for Generation X (those born between the late 60s and early 80s).

However, although people of all sexualities start out single, lesbians, bisexual and heterosexuals tend to go on a find long-term partners. Read more