Gay dating ettiquite

Pick and choose the ones that seem right for you and create your own principles as a means of being a healthy dater who lives with integrity and follows his own values.

BEFORE THE DATE·When setting a time and place for your date, be sure to make it a short meeting (1-2 hours) for the first time and select a place that is either activity-oriented or allows for lots of opportunity to talk.

Avoid movies and instead opt for a short get-together at a coffee shop or at the zoo.

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Avoid placing too many hopes and expectations on the encounter; let it evolve naturally and if a spark ignites during your time together, then that's an added bonus!

·If you're particularly nervous, take some time to do some relaxation exercises (deep breathing, visualization, etc.) to help soothe yourself and get centered.

She is a former director of protocol for the city and county of San Francisco and the founder and CEO of The AML Group (

AMLGroup.com), certified etiquette and protocol consultants. Her clients range from Stanford Hospital to Cornell University and Levi Strauss.

If you see a same-sex couple, obviously on a date, it's a decent bet they're out to everyone they care about, and don't care that you assume they're gay.

The issues LGB people face when dating aren't really any different than the issues straight people face when dating. There's one important difference for trans people, potentially, and it's similar to closets for gay people.

As the pivotal moment approaches, thoughts can become centered on such questions as: "Will he like me? There's no template to follow and we were never taught how to flirt with and date other men. How do two men join together in the "courtship dance?

" While a lack of rules for gay dating can be a positive thing, lending to more creativity, spontaneity, and individuality, it can also create anxiety and a sense of "cluelessness" in how to meet and date successfully--kind of like a car without a driver.

Closeted gay people have an extra burden that straight people generally do not, but closeted gay people also (generally) aren't dating - because they're closeted.

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