Gay Dating

The 25 Men You Should Really Never Date

The Guyliner | Posted 10.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
The Guyliner

As ever, I only want to help, so if you want to separate the men from the boys and the woulds from the would-nots, here I have 25 more men you should, if at all possible, avoid when dating. Everything I do, I do it for you.

Logged On - And Turned Off

Harry Hitchens | Posted 10.10.2014 | UK Entertainment
Harry Hitchens

I was fresh-faced, 16 and in the closet when I logged onto Grindr for the first time. If my girlfriends were to be believed, all the best-looking men are gay - so surely a world of gorgeous, tanned hunks with god-like torsos were only a click away? But what did I find?

Gay Shame and Grindr

George P. Simmonds | Posted 28.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
George P. Simmonds

It's no secret that gay men and women grow up with a sense of separation from their heterosexual peers, and that this anticipates their exclusion from mainstream culture, especially that of mainstream dating. And fittingly enough the emotionally sterile climate encouraged by Grindr is to the gay man what a crack den is to the heroin addict...

A Lucky Escape From the Handsome Guy With Control Issues

The Guyliner | Posted 23.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
The Guyliner

When the first glitch in a courtship appears, it's like that moment when you realise that to get that super fast, super cheap internet, you need to fork out for line rental. Matthew's 'line rental' was his need to have a say in absolutely everything we did together.

From Plus One to Zero at an Awkward Dinner Party Date

The Guyliner | Posted 15.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
The Guyliner

When Polly goes on and on about Toby's previous boyfriends, all of them beautiful demigods who adored Polly and would probably have turned straight for had she asked, I should defend myself, or step up my patter in an attempt to impress her. But I don't care what she thinks, so I nod politely and play with my napkin.

Why You'll Never Meet Your Next Boyfriend at the Supermarket

The Guyliner | Posted 08.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
The Guyliner

Let's get one thing clear: following people around supermarkets checking out their arse is a bad idea, and you know this. But just this once won't hurt, you tell yourself. I'll keep a safe distance this time, you reason. It's only really stalking if they see you, you decide. You are wrong on all counts, but there's no stopping you now is there?

He Said He'd Never Put Out on a First Date - Should I Be Impressed?

The Guyliner | Posted 12.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
The Guyliner

He goes into a long diatribe about how relationships can only be brief and meaningless when founded on sex and that he prefers to get to know someone "spiritually rather than carnally". I wonder which rock of self-help this bizarre statement crawled out from under.

A Date With the Guy Who Didn't Want to Admit He'd Seen 'Mean Girls'

The Guyliner | Posted 29.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
The Guyliner

BINGO! We have the new gay stereotype - the gay man who refuses to conform to a stereotype! How lucky for me to have snared this rarest of beasts. And barely halfway through our first drink. I have two options. I could just let this go, or I could take a tin-opener to that can of worms he's waving in front of me.

Yet Another 25 Men You Should Never Date

The Guyliner | Posted 17.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
The Guyliner

What do you look for in a man? Nice eyes? Bright smile? Good taste in footwear? Ability to make you laugh? We all have tick-boxes and black markers at the ready when it comes to finding a mate. I can't tell you who you should date - that is simply none of my business - but I can certainly advise you give this quarter-century of drips a wide berth.

Guys, That Flirty Straight Man Is Only Interested in One Thing - It's Not You

The Guyliner | Posted 24.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
The Guyliner

As more boys move away from a fear of gay men toward a mild curiosity, it is all too easy to misinterpret it and get carried away. You mustn't get ahead of yourself. And if it's annoying, tell them so. But first let's meet these young bucks with all this attention to lavish and eyes so wide.

Why Tinder Might Be the Salvation of Gay Dating

Danny Hilton | Posted 29.04.2014 | UK Tech
Danny Hilton

Tinder isn't perfect - I'm sure there are tons of you who'll say that it's shallow and heartless to judge someone instantly on a photo (or often a range of photos, if you slow down and want to check each guy a bit more in depth). But Tinder has a human aspect that gives it a foot in the real world.

Why You Should Never Date a Christmas Fanatic

The Guyliner | Posted 22.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
The Guyliner

Every stage of Christmas is an event in itself, a milestone to be marked, a perfect Instagram moment. Christmas doesn't just happen to him, it's a series of experiences he feels he has to have, otherwise he's failed. At first this will seem romantic and exciting, before your brain slowly starts to dribble right out of your head. And when it does, it's got tinsel running through it.

Why You Should Never Date a Christmas Refusenik

The Guyliner | Posted 21.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
The Guyliner

There'll be rumblings of Christmas being "too commercialised", that the town centre is "hell on Earth" throughout December and, when you slink in feeling warm and merry after your work Christmas drinks, he will look with scorn upon your flashing Rudolph nose and antlers, brush the crumpled mistletoe out of your hand and will refuse you drunken Christmas sex. What a joyless, heartless b*****d.

Think You're on a Date? For Him, It's a Networking Opportunity

The Guyliner | Posted 10.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
The Guyliner

Sensing my cold feet, he pulls me in for a kiss. It is slippery, mock-passionate and, overall, unpleasant. I am embarrassed for us both. The conversation hasn't been remotely flirtatious; there has been no chemistry, nothing naturally leading us to this point where we would be kissing in a bar,

33 Freakouts Your Date Will Have While Waiting for You to Show Up

The Guyliner | Posted 29.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
The Guyliner

"Should I play it cool or play it hot?"... "I bet he's lying about his age. Should I have lied about mine?"... "Seriously, where is he?"...

A Booze-Free Date in a Museum - What Could Possibly Go Right?

The Guyliner | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
The Guyliner

Alcohol isn't always a must on a date, but it helps. Not only can inebriation aid attraction and conversation or soothe disappointment, it is also handy to have something to sip during awkward silences. Will I really be able to fall in love without a glass of beer in my hand?

A Date With the Nice Guy Who Always Finished Last

The Guyliner | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
The Guyliner

His profile promised the romantic equivalent of high-speed broadband. Instead he is, at best, alternately fizzing and flatlining dial-up on the Isle of Skye. He's telling me about his career thus far. It's light on comedy.

Someone Left the Date Out in the Rain

The Guyliner | Posted 08.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
The Guyliner

Afternoon dates are always a risk. Daylight can be unforgiving, of course, and going for a drink in the afternoon always seems a little seedy when you're with a stranger. But here I am... I didn't factor in the rain, but here it is, like a gooseberry. A wet, miserable chaperone to match my date's mood.

A Slow Sunday and a 'Date' With the One-Hour Wonder

The Guyliner | Posted 19.10.2013 | UK Lifestyle
The Guyliner

Being literate and enjoying full sentences can be something of a barrier on Grindr. While all those little avatars of six-packs claim to be erudite grammarians, it seems nobody is safe from that dreary "hows u??" or "heyyy mister". So when I hear that magic ping and see a headless torso wishing me "a very good afternoon, handsome" I am intrigued, interested.

Dating Dilemma: Is It Ever Okay to Wear Shorts on a Date?

The Guyliner | Posted 13.10.2013 | UK Lifestyle
The Guyliner

Shorts, of course, play havoc with this idea of playing it down because, despite our best efforts to integrate wearing shorts into society, it is still rather unusual for boys to be bare-legged. This is why your shorts need to be fairly low-key, flattering and, most importantly, fit you.

The First Date Was Great, but Can the Sequel Live Up to the Hype?

The Guyliner | Posted 06.10.2013 | UK Lifestyle
The Guyliner

The first date went so well, I hadn't really felt like I was trying; now I'm flailing and babbling. And when I'm not firing off questions, there is silence. I watch him fidget like a constipated toddler on a tricycle trying to let out a fart. He fiddles with his laces, runs his hands through his hair...

Thanks, But No Thanks, The Kinder Way to Turn Down a Date

The Guyliner | Posted 29.09.2013 | UK Lifestyle
The Guyliner

When you're online dating, a lot of dates happen when they really shouldn't... Because you are so adorable, desirable and amazing, lots of people will want to date you, but you can't be into all of them. So you should be clear from the off about what you do and don't want in your online dating profile.

A Date Who Turns Up Late Might Just Be Worth the Wait

The Guyliner | Posted 09.09.2013 | UK Lifestyle
The Guyliner

Everywhere I turn there is a clock reminding me how late my date is. Late, late, late. I can't look at my wrist any more, above the bar is off limits, and outside, a clock tower looms in my eyeline. And just to serve as one more reminder, even the barman's wonky eyes are positioned at ten to two. I roll my own baby-blues and go back to studying my rapidly draining pint glass.

10 Terrible Opening Lines From Dating Profiles

The Guyliner | Posted 04.09.2013 | UK Lifestyle
The Guyliner

As I always say, your dating profile is your storefront, your big shiny window display that you use to get the punters in. But in just a few short sentences, you can turn your gleaming emporium of you into a rundown old convenience store, with dirty canopies, smeared windows, and nothing of interest inside.

Everything a Self-Confessed Serial Dater Like Me Knows About Love

The Guyliner | Posted 31.08.2013 | UK Lifestyle
The Guyliner

I've done things I haven't liked, been to places I haven't wanted to go and pretended to enjoy some really bad theatre all in the name of trying to get a new relationship off the ground. I have peeled off awful underwear and accepted clumsy kisses. These are the things you do in the early days; it isn't sustainable for any kind of long-term liaison.