Having fixed ideas of what you want – which usually boil down to looks and little else – could be standing in your way of meeting some great guys.
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You don’t really want to run into one of your old flames – or one of theirs – and it’s good to go somewhere fresh to you both, free of distractions or associations with other dates.
Forget their sexual past Yes, plenty of us have been around a bit, but don’t let it play on your mind when on a date with a new guy.
This is fine – nothing wrong with a one-night-stand – as long as he realises that too.
There’s nothing worse than a romantic evening followed by a great night in the hay, which leads to unanswered texts because you couldn’t admit you were only ever looking for a one-off.
No matter your gender or sexual orientation, dating can seem like a minefield.
Sometimes we meet the wrong people, choose a bad venue or fall head over heels with someone who just wants to be friends.
While the common dating ‘rules’ – not that I believe in rules – can apply to anybody, there are perhaps a few things we, as gay guys, need to pay a little more attention to.
Cast your net further afield We can be a very picky bunch.
If you both feel a connection and want to have sex, go with the flow We place a lot of importance, misguidedly I feel, on not having sex on the first date.