Loss of community and gay apps destroying us
Lately ive been depressed and even thought of taking my own life. Statistics show that the gay community is more depressed, unhappy and suicidal than ever. As part of my journey to happiness again I'm on a mission to help change it, Ditch the apps, meet face to face, connect and become a community again. It used to be straights against gays and now it's gays against gays, this includes the whole LGBTQI community.
I've been brave and told my story and will work hard to get this moving but need your help.
Welcome to the Beyond Blue community, it's so great to have you join us here. Thank you for having the bravery to share your story with us, we know this can be very difficult to do. It sounds as though you're working hard to support yourself by finding new ways to cope and connect with others. This is so fantastic! We hope our community can be a supportive place for you to share your thoughts and feelings and we are here to provide as much advice and conversation as you need.
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I have to agree with you! I live at a coastal region and the only way to really meet guys is through Grindr. Tinder seems ok for the city people - but then is it really much better? I have tried other ways through a Meet Up group, for example, and this was great to meet other guys in the area. Most were coupled up or visiting the area though. I don't go out night clubbing much at all (maybe once or twice a year). So, the chances of meeting a decent guy is so limiting. I've had to take breaks from Grindr etc... for my mental health. I live with extreme anxiety and bouts of depression (have been going through a very rough patch lately) and believe my sexuality, and lack of finding a partner, plays into my mental health struggles.
I would love to meet a guy out there in the real world. I haven't been in a long term relationship for years now. I have had a short term boyfriend here and there. I live quite an isolated lifestyle. Maybe in time it could happen? I need to learn to manage my anxiety/depression and self-worth first.
Welcome to the forums and thank you for opening up to us.
Apps can be alienating and your suggestion to ditch it for face to face meetups will resonate with a lot of people. Unfortunately, the way of today is apps. I wonder if you can explore other ways of meeting people in your area, like on Meet Up as arthouse- has suggested? It may be easier to meet like-minded people that way since those on Grindr are probably there because they like using an app.
I have not been on Grinder because I what I have heard, mostly guys wanting sex, nothing else. I was once on a date called Bi Australia and met a great guy there whom I came to really care about and love. Sadly he passed away. I have been in a straight relationship which has its challenges however she is accepting of me, bonus really. I identify as Pansexual. I tried to date or find more meaningful relationships with a guy but was not able to since passing of my mate. It sure is hard at times, as others have said, try some of the GLBTI social networking groups. I wish you well.
Welcome to the forum and thank so for sharing something so intimate!
Firstly hope your feeling stronger in yourself and have reached out for some help.
Some people have posted some great resources below, if a book/ebook is more your thing there is a great one called 'The Velvet Rage' I can't recommend it enough! Its all about being a gay man and the shame we constantly battle.
Sounds like your on the right track, all those apps are time wasting!
Let us know your thoughts!
Couldn't agree more. I remember years ago when there were lots of social groups available through which to meet new people, and I too feel our "community" is at risk of dying, because of a lack of interaction other than through screen time. In the past I set up a Meet Up group my self which was moderately successful at the time, and certainly connected a lot of (mainly) men in a regional community, however when I left, the momentum dropped and it melted into a number of Facebook groups, which continue to do OK.
I've since moved to another regional area, and am trying to engage with the local community through Facebook groups. I may not have found my tribe, but at least it's providing me with some connection.
I'd encourage you to try the same, and personally prefer Meetup as a medium than Facebook, or perhaps a blend of the two. Don't have huge expectations that others will participate, or suggest activities or events, however my current area has a regular BBQ, which is helpful, and in the past I did lunch groups, bush walks, tennis nights, barefoot bowls etc etc, which attracted a differing crowd. Steal ideas from other Meet up groups, and try to be as inclusive as possible. In my MeetUp group I reminded people it was for Meet Ups, not Hook ups, but that if romance blossomed, that was also welcome.
Good luck with your endeavours, and remember, you're not the only one who's feeling this, but you're one of the few daring to do something about it. Keep up the good work!
I have been in Sydney for more than a month now, found the same problem.
Meeting guys through those dating apps are so hard, mostly they just want fun and don't even care who you are.
I have been through anxiety and depression recently suspecting if I could find a decent relationship in Sydney, but I just don;t know where to meet decent people.
I am young tall and I think I don't look bad, but it;s just not many people interested in me.