Let’s face it, there’s still a stigma around May-December romances within both the gay and straight communities. Introducing your boyfriend or partner to the family or friends is never an easy situation regardless of age differences. Often, when there’s an age difference, the perception that one is using the other for youth, money, or any number of things comes into play, which is often the contrary.
For this reason, introducing an older or younger significant other to the family (or even to your friends) can be a bit of an awkward situation. So, the best thing you can do for your family and your boyfriend/partner/husband is to prep them ahead of time. Whether you have a judgey aunt or a disapproving father (Check-yes), meeting the fam (or friends) is always a production. The best advice is to prep both sides as much as you can before the actual introduction.
In most cases, though, if you’re genuinely happy, families AND friends can see that and any other factors that may come into play just wash away like water off a duck’s back. That’s, of course, a best case scenario, but as with everything else, being open and honest about the situation is the best way to go.
We’d love to hear your stories and advice on how best to approach the situation. What was your experience like the first time you brought home your older or younger boyfriend/partner and introduced him to your family or friends?