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  1. James says

    “‘I’m friends with Jamie,’ said Trevon Money, a defensive end, “but you came here to play football. You didn’t come here to do other things in the crowd.”

    Yeah, I’ve never seen a HS or college player smooch with his GF on the sidelines or check out the cheerleaders or interact with the fans.

    What a load of BS.

  2. Josh says

    Living in North Dakota is like living in the 1940’s. I fear for the safety of the gay kid and wish him the best. It clearly shows that the school doesn’t think that they did anything wrong. I wish that both parties could meet in the middle and teach the entire community that this is a inclusive school and regardless of student’s sexual orientation, the school will do what’s right for the coummunity. If they don’t come with some type of mutual understanding: imagine the message they are sending to future gay kids in that school and to the state of North Dakota.

  3. candideinnc says

    James is right. Small town, small minded double standard. What this kid does in his personal life that isn’t illegal or immoral is his own business. And gay people showing affection is NOT immoral.

  4. NaughtyLola says

    Uh, his “boyfriend” is **65 years old** Can we talk about that please? Am I the only one who thinks this kid, who lives in a remote podunk cowtown, is being sorely taken advantage of by some sleazy old creep who is probably fronting himself as someone who “understands” him? Jesus, this has “transference” written all over it. I feel bad for this kid’s mother, she must be beside herself.

  5. Bart says

    I feel sorry for this kid. What he did was clearly not the brightest but I’m still unsure of why he was kicked off this team. The term “distraction” isn’t enough. Because by that standard, any student who excels in his sport and gets enormous prss coverage or adulation would fall into the same catagory.

    This was the convergence of a lot of pieces of a disaster…from bad judgement on his part, to ignorance, to fear, to overreaction, to the mentality of a small town in a phobic state, to the rules of a small university.

    I hope he finds a place to play football. He seems like a bright, together young man. But next time I hope he’s smarter about the things he does when he’s supposed to be doing something else.

  6. BEWILDERBEAST says

    I was always attracted to older men growing up. My father was killed when I was 8. This too shall pass, now that I am in my mid 40s, I find myself with younger guys, 20-30s. I know he probably thinks he is in love, but didn’t we all, when we were that age. I am ok with the age difference, let time take it’s course and leave them alone.

  7. Gast says

    Mr. Engen is lying just as much as Jamie did. Jamie though had the good sense to take responsibility for his lie. When are you Mr Engen going to take responsibility for your prejudice? BTW that 65 year old BF/EX is another coward.

  8. Pete N SFO says

    “You didn’t come here to do other things in the crowd.”

    Love it; even in the midst of a homophobic shizstorm, they continue to find ways of being homophobic. Let’s use the same tool of measurement for everyone and see if anyone is left standing.

    @NaughtyLola, yes, you are the only one today willing to voice your ageism & expose your obviously very small world. I’ve dated older & younger… I promise you, older is A LOT more interesting.

  9. Patrick says

    I wish some football players from other colleges would kiss their girl at a game and ask publicly if that was alright!! Time to call on our allies to make a statement!

  10. says

    What he did was wrong — he was on the team’s time, so he shouldn’t have been making out with his boyfriend — but being kicked off the team and more or less forced to withdraw from the school is *totally out of proportion* to what he did.

    Others on that team got caught drinking underage and had many other infractions, yet some of them weren’t even punished, or given more than a slap on the wrist, even though what they did was against the law.

    Appropriate punishments for what he did could have been a frank conversation about appropriate actions when on team time, extra workouts/laps around the field, being suspended for a quarter of a game or even an entire game, or some combination of the above.

    Kicking him off the team is way out of line and totally homophobic. I guarantee other players on that time have kissed their girlfriends on team time and never even been punished for it — people wouldn’t have even questioned it. Period.

    On the bus, in the locker room, getting ready for the game, etc. etc. etc. Kissing while filming a game may be a bit worse than that, because he was doing a job, but it’s still similar and, again, kicking him off the team is so out of proportion to the infraction that it screams of homophobia.

  11. J. Dredd says

    Yeah they kicked him out because he was gay, but I’m pretty sure it didn’t help that his bf is 65 years old! Hell if he was kissing a 65 yr old lady I’m pretty sure a lot of people would have been grossed out too!

  12. Homo Genius says

    Regarding the creepy old man…. Back when I was a teen, most of the guys I would get with like 25-30. It was much easier to hook up with them. They were gay. Not trying to figure out their sexuality, not going to freak out the next day, not going to suddenly turn into macho dude “i was so drunk last night”. There was also the fear of approaching realtinships or sex with people at my school or in my crowd. Not just that they might reject me or freak but that it would a drama all over the school I would have to live with for the next few years.

    So if North Dakota is as empty and backward as we imagine, this guy could have been a “safe” choice for a sports guy.

  13. NaughtyLola says

    To all the naysayers: I defy you to find a single instance of a **45-year** age difference that does not involve some serious psychological issues on both sides.

    I’m happy to “change the subject” — because I think the real subject is that some kid who believes himself to be completely isolated is being taken advantage of by someone his grandfather’s age. Dirty old men are dirty old men; suddenly its OK if they’re gay? Is that really the hill you want to die on? If a 65-year-old woman were throwing a leg over him, people would be equally flipped out by it.

  14. Daniel Berry, NYC says

    Nice video with good coverage of important aspects of this incident. I think, however, the bottom line is contained in that line spoken at the end by his former team make when asked if Jamie should play football again somewhere else: “Well, yeah–why not?” If that kid and the others photographed with him weren’t bent out of shape in Dakota then it isn’t just here in NYC, on “the other coast” and in big cities that things have changed. I thank God for it.

  15. Tanoka says

    @ Naughtylola:

    He was not kicked off the team because of the age difference. Though it could be an interesting topic to discuss, it is not the issue here.

    This is about homophobia and double standards. Diversions will not help.

  16. says

    @NAUGHTYLOLA – That’s a lot of prejudice coming from something describing itself as “naughty”. I see you’ve brought your baggage to the airport, but we’re under no obligation to inspect it.

    “Serious psychological issues”? Honey, love is a serious psychological issue, too. Do you condemn that? [probably, yes]

    “Dirty old men”? Says who? You’ve never met (or even seen) the man so — aside from consulting your own demons — how would you know?

    “the hill you want to die on”? Please, a little less drama, your highness.

    Seek professional help.

  17. Pommie says

    I don’t necessarily think that just because there’s a huge age difference therefore, it means that his bf was taking advantage of him.
    Always remember, love knows no boundaries afterall that’s the basis of our all arguments in the fight of equality.

  18. says

    I agree with NaughtyLola. I know the kid is 18, but 65? There is something wrong there. BTW…where the hell is the 65 year old “boyfriend” in all this? Shouldn’t he be standing up for Jamie?

  19. C says

    Yes, he was probably a bit out of line to do that during a game, but also yes, the disciplinary action was WAY out of proportion.

    Regarding the age difference, I think it calls for prudence rather than harsh judgment. The 65-year-old isn’t necessarily a pervert, but there are some nigh unavoidable issues when the younger partner is still in the 18-25 age group.

    @Daniel Berry, thank you for pointing out a silver lining in the reactions. I think what you say could be true and is quite moving.

  20. Ryan says

    At 15 years old, I fell in love with a 35 year old even though he didn’t know it. At 29, I love him more now than I did then. I’ve never felt taken advantage of and I certainly don’t consider myself psychologically damaged. He’s my best friend — I talk to him every day, vent to him when I’m angry, seek reassurance when I’m upset or scared, and I share every aspect of my life with him. To suggest that a college-aged guy isn’t old enough to know what he’s looking for and why, and make those decisions for himself, is absurd and ignorant.

    You also have to realize that there are plenty of people his own age who would probably also take advantage of him. I see it with friends everyday. There are plenty of people with partners of the same age who use them for a variety of reasons. Are we really suggesting that he’s somehow better off with someone else just because of their age?

    Besides, this is all a distraction from the real issue. Being kicked off the team for kissing this guy is homophobia, plain and simple. I played football in high school and plenty of my teammates sucked face with their girlfriends at games. No one ever blinked an eye — they were just boys being boys. I have a feeling there are plenty of straight kids on this team whose girlfriends come to games and hug or kiss them. I’d love to ask all of them how many times the coach has approached them about being a distraction. My guess is none.

  21. james says

    Yes, it’s wrong that the kid has had to suffer because the homophobia around him, but … c’mon, his manfriend is old enough to be his grandfather! Is it wrong? Oh no, not at all. If he were at least in his 20s, but he’s 18-freaking years old! A 47-year age difference where the younger one is 18 is not much different from a teacher or coach or anyone in a position of trust and authority taking advantage of a teenager.

    The kid should be supported and shouldn’t be kicked off the team and shouldn’t be held to double standards because he’s gay, but … the old man should know better, at best, and shouldn’t mess with the boy’s mind at worst, because that’s certainly what’s going on there.

  22. Homo Genius says

    I am actually flabbergasted everyone is dumping on the old guy.. come on gays you know how we are… The young guy is usually an opportunistic, gold digging parasite. He closed his eyes and did what he had to because grandpa was his ticket out of hooterville.

  23. Caliban says

    It was good to see an honest interview like that, his family loving and accepting him even though his mother is upset and wondering if she’s some to blame. It’s also good that she’s being honest about her feelings about the age difference rather than hiding them.

    The athletic director and the other players are obviously hiding their homophobia with excuses, “distractions” and whatever else. You can’t tell me that if his partner had been a woman the reaction would have been the same. And EVERY member of that team has lied to the coach about something, alcohol or drug use, study time, grades, whatever. (According to the linked article some claim that kissing wasn’t all that happened, but I take that with a grain of salt.)

    Regarding the age difference itself, yeah I’m a little bothered by it. Not that I think the 65 year old is necessarily a “dirty old man” or an abuser but you kind of have to wonder what they have in common. I don’t remember any of them being in their 60s, but when I was younger than Jamie I “dated” *cough cough* men who were considerably older than me, in their 40s and maybe 50s. I even saw some of them for months. What we had in common was sex and my main appeal to them was that I was young. I’m sure there are exceptions, but Harold & Maude was a MOVIE, and sex is not a particularly good basis for a real relationship. Now that I’m in my 40s I can’t imagine being interested in someone the age I was then or even Jamie’s age. Not that he doesn’t seem like a nice, handsome, intelligent guy, but I’d feel icky about it. Maybe that’s just me, but I don’t think so.

  24. says

    On the whole I thought the story was well crafted (especially visually), but I wish there’d been some follow up with the school administrator over the appropriateness of the punishment for “distraction.” Did the reporter ask after other examples of “distraction” that led to a player being tossed off a team and stripped of his or her scholarship? Were there any? If so, what were these serious distractions? What were other transgressions that got players ejected? Were the incidents comparable? Such questions seem to me more relevant than asking the administrator to speculate about a hypothetical other athlete coming out.

  25. candideinnc says

    I have been in a 22 year monogamous relationship with someone 14 years younger than I. There are real problems planning for my 50-year-old’s retirement and mine at the same time. We have worked together and enjoyed it. But there are real problems with that age difference…much less 40 years age difference. I didn’t meet my love until he was 28 and had experienced some of what life had to offer. I personally think older men approaching people younger than their mid-20s, at the earliest, are taking advantage of potential immaturaty. I agree that this may be inappropriate, but the school system has no business approaching this situation in a punitive way.

  26. Evan says

    I have quite a lot of issues with this whole topic. I was a gay athlete at a southern baptist christian school for 5 years, and I was able to date and be myself throughout it all. I had to make sure that not many people knew about me but I was out to friends, family, and even a teacher at my school. Where I could have been expelled for being gay. You have to pick your battles, folks. I think this was so filled with poor judgement on both sides that I feel like the actions taken by Jamie, were inappropriate, you went to another teams field, invited your boyfriend (who gives a F**k about his age its a red herring) and in the middle of the game you took time from what your job was (and if you have ever played football its a job) to go and kiss your boyfriend in the middle of the game. The school might have overreacted but this isn’t about homophobia its about a bad decision that has now been so blown out of proportion, and I don’t think this guy is a hero, I think the community has turned him into a hero, and he made a bad stupid decision. The men and women who lost their jobs in the Armed Forces because of DADT those are heroes, Stonewall rioters those are heroes. This is a kid who kissed his boyfriend in the middle of a game (and to go all the way up into the press box to do it just screams LOOK AT ME)

  27. Evan says

    I have quite a lot of issues with this whole topic. I was a gay athlete at a southern baptist christian school for 5 years, and I was able to date and be myself throughout it all. I had to make sure that not many people knew about me but I was out to friends, family, and even a teacher at my school. Where I could have been expelled for being gay. You have to pick your battles, folks. I think this was so filled with poor judgement on both sides that I feel like the actions taken by Jamie, were inappropriate, you went to another teams field, invited your boyfriend (who gives a F**k about his age its a red herring) and in the middle of the game you took time from what your job was (and if you have ever played football its a job) to go and kiss your boyfriend in the middle of the game. The school might have overreacted but this isn’t about homophobia its about a bad decision that has now been so blown out of proportion, and I don’t think this guy is a hero, I think the community has turned him into a hero, and he made a bad stupid decision. The men and women who lost their jobs in the Armed Forces because of DADT those are heroes, Stonewall rioters those are heroes. This is a kid who kissed his boyfriend in the middle of a game (and to go all the way up into the press box to do it just screams LOOK AT ME)

  28. Francis says

    I don’t think anyone has not said Jamie didn’t make some mistakes. But there is a difference between making a mistake and then being a bad kid. And Jamie has been made out to be a bad kid by the coach and many of his ex-teammates because he’s gay and kissed an old man. Let’s keep it real, because that’s all it comes down to. Especially given the fact he was kicked off the school for “lying/distraction” and not what he actually did wrong during the game. You either buy what those homophobes are selling or you don’t. And millions of people aren’t.

    The age difference is not something I’ve even focused on. I don’t care. Jamie can date who he wants to date, he’s 18, his choice. What people need to stop doing is allow their discomfort with the age difference prevent them from being rational and having some empathy and basic understanding of the situation here——that Jamie was kicked off the team and basically run out of school for being gay.

  29. Caliban says

    Yeah, the age thing is a side-issue. As a society we’ve set 18 as the age of consent, Jamie is older than 18 so what he does is up to him. Relationships with such a large age difference might be an interesting discussion in itself but it’s beside the point in this case.

    FWIW, he wasn’t in the press booth to say “look at me!” It’s because he was in the press booth that he thought he had privacy enough to kiss his BF without being seen, which turned out not to be the case.

    In the interviews with the school head coach and the other players it’s clear they’re making excuses. He was kicked out because he kissed a man. Not for lying or being a distraction, whatever that’s supposed to mean.

  30. Jessica Naomi says

    Jamie’s Title IX rights were violated. He needs to directly contact Arne Duncan Secretary of Department of Education and demand that his rights are upheld.

  31. truthteller says

    I love how a lot of people keep calling the 18 year old man a kid. He is not a kid, he is legally a man.

    The school administrator and the players reek of homophobia.

    The young man pursued his older boyfriend, so what’s your problem? It’s his decision. You who criticize him and project your own prejudices are the ones who need help! Back off and let him live his life and learn from his journey.

  32. Bill Michael says

    Bottom Line: Nobody’s Business. I highly recommend legal action for violation of Jamie’s Constitutional rights. The school won’t change its attitude or policies unless it is forced.

  33. Gast says

    This is homophobia and the fact that Jamie’s boyfriend is 65 had everything to do with it. How do you think the Coach, Principal and all those older men feel? Jamie at the very least must make them feel uneasy after all they know they themselves are Jamie’s target (at least in age).

  34. Rich says

    Society is none too kind to relationships with wide age disparity — see “Harold and Maude”. And inappropriate behavior by 18 year olds? Not all that strange, and from what we now know about brain chemistry, not all that surprising.

    Jamie’s interview projects a fundamental decency. I hope he can parlay that into a lifepath that may be different from what he’s imagined but incomparably better.

  35. TANK says

    So this Jamie guy is 18? Well, that means he is ten years younger than Tank, who normally dates guys who are close to his own age. But I’ll make an exception for Jamie. So, yes, I’ll come right out and admit, I’d bang this guy till the cows came home. I know a lot of other middle aged queens here feel the same way but they won’t admit it like Tank just did. Hey, I’ve gotta keep it real, folks!

  36. ratbastard says

    Sorry, this is a silly attention-grabbing story. And some posters need to lay off ridiculing anyplace that isn’t NYC or SF. I know there are many older posters on here, and they need to realize the world really has changed since they were kids and young adults, everywhere, not just Manhattan,NYC. Many things that once made NY unique are no longer unique to NY or other major cities.

    And there’s so much wrong with this story IMO, but at the end of the day it’s this young man’s business.

  37. George says

    I think this would be a HUGE distraction for the team. And I don’t necessarily mean the fact that Jamie was gay. I think the one kid put it best when he said what the response would have been if another player brought his much, much older sugar mama to the game. My point is not that Jamie’s BF is a sugar-daddy. My point is that that statement represents the extent to which the exact nature of this relationship would have been a distraction to the team.

    Should Jamie have been kicked off because of it? Not sure. But if he’s going to out himself as an athlete, he probably could have picked a better way to do it and most assuredly could have chosen a partner who would have made that easier. And, no, I’m not saying the school or the team properly have a veto over who Jamie chooses to date/love. But I am saying that the type of person he chose would inevitably have an impact upon the school’s determination re the extent of the distraction it would create. If Jamie had chosen a flamboyant drag-queen as his relationship partner, this would have been an enormous distraction. If a straight player chose a super Goth chick or a 65 y/o woman to cuddle with in the stands, that would also have been an enormous distraction for the team. So, while I’m not saying that the sexual orientation had no impact (I’m not naive), I’m not as convinced as most on here that it represents the lion’s share of the response of the coaching staff and the team.

  38. GMB says

    This is an EXCELLENT piece of video journalism. It’s rare to get a journalist who can show up with cameras *immediately* as something is still unfolding and achieve such human, genuine human emotion on camera. Outside the impact this story will have, bravo to the SB Nation team for capturing and promoting this story the way they have.

  39. Caliban says

    Jamie Kuntz is 18 years old. No matter what you or I might think about the age of his partner, he is a consenting adult so it’s his business, not ours.

    Was this the best way for his team to learn that he’s gay? Not only no, but hell no. But if you support the school’s right to kick him off the team because he’s “a distraction” then you’re basically saying it’s OK for coaches everywhere to kick gay athletes off their team because it might upset other players.

    Like it or not, neither Jamie or his BF did anything illegal and you can’t tell me the punishment would have been the same if he’d been seen kissing a woman, whatever her age.

  40. I wont grow up says

    No one has addressed the issue that this kid is just 18 NOW. How long has this relationship with the 65 year old bf been going on? What is the age of consent in this state? i’m now in my 60’s and I find this a little disturbing. How long have they been “dating”?
    However, this kid should never have been kicked off the team for being gay. I wonder just how explicit their display of affection was. But then again if it was a girl he would not have been kicked off.

  41. Ninong says

    Tim Tebow wasn’t kicked off the University of Florida’s football team when he publicly kissed his teammate Tony Joiner. After the game a reporter asked Joiner if he kisses other men. He replied, “Just my father and Tim Tebow.” That wasn’t a passing fade because Tebow planted a wet one on his Denver Broncos teammate Demaryius Thomas, too.

  42. I wont grow up says

    I wonder if the gay community would be pouring their support to this young man if he weren’t a cute blond haired blue eyed twink, but a pug nosed, homely, slightly overwieght lineman, with a hairy back and pimples.

  43. billT says

    Asa geezer I think you have to understand that love can happen between people of different ages. Father complex is one reason and it is viable. That is not the sad thing here, it is the whole mantra of football. I am sorry he cannot continue with his game.

  44. billT says

    Asa geezer I think you have to understand that love can happen between people of different ages. Father complex is one reason and it is viable. That is not the sad thing here, it is the whole mantra of football. I am sorry he cannot continue with his game.

  45. Frank says

    His father committed suicide and one of his friends thought he was suicidal enough that the friend called the police. The police determine he was not suicidal. This young man is enjoying the media attention, hopefully he’ll be prepared when they are done using him.

    He met the 65 year old love on the internet a year ago, he lives 500 miles away, and has met up a few times in recent months. Hopefully the boyfriend is supporting him at this time (emotionally) and maybe we’ll hear from him or of his support in future segments of this interview.

  46. Jerry6 says

    Homophobia is still homophobia; No matter how you try to slice it, it isstill homophobia.

    About the age of his friend; He lost his Father to suicide; why is not stated, but maybe his attraction to this particular 65 year old is because of his early loss and something that this particular 65 year old is providing other than sex. (Could it be that sex may not even be in the equatsion at all?)

  47. Andrew says

    Jamie, stay strong and from looking at and listening to you and your family that won’t be difficult. You should probably ignore most of the comments that you can read posted all over the internet. Stick close to family and friends for advice and love.

  48. Joshy says

    Omg! I know North Dakota all too well because of it’s un-acceptance of gays. It’s where I went to high school, but dropped out because of the bullying I endured. It wasn’t a very good experience. But I decided to continue my education through other sources and got my diploma anyway! Needless to say the same bullies continue to be stuck where they are while I moved on to better people and opportunities. So I say this to anyone that goes through this. Don’t give up! And hang in there Jamie. You can surpass all of that. You are also brave to bring this issue foreword publicly. And you have the support of so many people! Don’t let the mentality of simple-minded hicks get ya down!

  49. So... says

    What’s the difference between saying the age difference means he’s “being taken advantage of,” and someone saying “he’s being recruited by another man into homosexuality?”

    Nothing but ignorance.

    I am not in a transgenerational relationship, have never lived in a small town, and don’t know any of the people involved.

    I do know, however, that lots of our “community” tend to side with our enemies when our enemies’ agendas fit their own narrow worldview.

    We won’t be free until people like this guy and his BF, and interracial couples, and gay Republican closet cases, and bisexual men in polyamorous relationships, and transgender heterosexual people, and everyone in between, is free to make their own decisions without the state (or other heavy-handed faux-moralists) walking all over them or lecturing them about their choices.

    All of the comments slamming the guy (who is, himself, a legal adult) are no different than those who would kick him out of his football team for being gay.

  50. mike flower says

    When I read comments from the Towleroad gaystapo critiquing the official age range for “proper” relationships, I’m once again reminded that the fight for equal rights is dire. No numbers of Ben Cohens or Taylor Hudsons, or Dan Radcliffes or “straight allies” can readily overcome the damage caused by the mean spirited, damnable comments by many gay Towleroad readers.Surely not all this hate is via RightWing trolls who hijack the comments sections.
    Good luck Jamie.

  51. ernstroehm's ghost says

    Interesting that many gays and gay-friendly people object to inter-generational romance. Interesting too that they assume the “old man” is blame-worthy while the boy is innocent.

    My partner was 28 years my senior, and we stayed together for life. In public, we were often mistaken for father and son. I can see why most people dislike the idea of a father-son aged romance–or in this case, a grand-father-grand-son aged one. But, to call it immoral is to confuse your personal distaste with your idea of right and wrong.

  52. Ginway says

    Turns out that Jamie was only 17 when the two met, as they’ve been in a year-long relationship according to this article.

    So Jamie was NOT of the age of consent and they met online; the boyfriend lives in Colorado.

    They are not from the same town, and it was not a case of “we’re the only gays in the town, let’s be friends,” but instead, it was a 64 year old man trolling the internet for an underage boy who was willing to date him. Sad. Very sad.

    http://abcnews.go.com/US/gay-college-football-player-axed-team-gay-kiss/story?id=17218026&page=2#.UFc0RY1lQb0

  53. Rick says

    Where is the reality check here?

    Do any of you seriously believe that a 20-year-old football player with serious good looks is sexually attracted to a 65-year-old without it being driven by some kind of mental problem?

    Please. Spare me all the “love is blind” BS. No, it isn’t, especially for gay men.

    And to have no better judgment than to invite this man to a football game and kiss him in front of the entire team just kind of reinforces that.

    Just crazy. Absolutely crazy.

    This guy needs a therapist in the worst way and I hope he finds a good one.

  54. Guy says

    This seems like a case of “Don’t ask, don’t tell.”

    The school claims Kuntz was suspended because he lied about kissing his boyfriend. But why did the school even bother to ask what he did with the older man? Do they question every football player who smooches his girlfriend in the stands?

    I believe some journalists have found that the school has never before suspended a student for lying.

    If it comes to a court case, the school should lose easily.

  55. Guy says

    “To all the naysayers: I defy you to find a single instance of a **45-year** age difference that does not involve some serious psychological issues on both sides.”

    Any attraction involves serious psychological issues. I know guys who will only date blonde men. Besides, Kuntz is an adult.

    BTW, in other accounts, Kuntz explains that the two met online and that Kuntz was the aggressor and wanted the older man at his football game.

  56. Rick says

    Did you all miss the admission in the last minute of the piece that the guy’s father committed suicide when he was six years old and that his mother believes that the relationship with the 65-year-old is a result of issues related to that?

    How could it be otherwise?

    That just is not a healthy situation and not a way to deal with the loss of your Dad. He says that he is “over it” but then in the next breath kind of contradicts himself.

    He needs a therapist, not a 65-year-old he met over the Internet sucking him off, incredulous (the 65-year-old, that is), no doubt, over his luck, and taking advantage of the emotional issues this young man has. I wonder if the young guy is even gay, in fact.

    Just a sickening story, all the way around.

  57. Steven says

    Why WAS his 65 year old absent in this interview?? He should have been along side this kid supporting, loving and showing the haters that their love is real and he is there to support his PARTNER!! something doesn’t sit right with me in that regard…

  58. "The Gay" says

    Not buying for a moment that if he’d been kissing on an old lady, lied about it, then created all the drama HE created, that it wouldn’t have played out the same way.

    This may be a great issue for Dan Save and media whore company to rally to, but it’s hardly a glaring example of homophobia.

  59. Dave says

    The school is clearly wrong. But this young man needs support and counseling. A 65 year old will have nothing in common with an 18 year old, and is bound to be predatory at some level. That an 18 year old believes he’s in love with a 65 year old is understandable; our emotional development is not complete until we reach our early 20s. And for that reason, it is appropriate to express concern over this type of extreme summmer – winter relationship.

    Let’s hope the school eventually admits it was wrong.

  60. Raymonde das says

    So what is the difference of countries filled to the brim of muslim fanatics and this? They are being no difference; remember you are you to judge when you’d be judge on yourself. One can seen the speck of dirt in the others eye, but you yourself can you see the speck of dirt in your eye? I rest my case America what have we become a country of Christian fanatics no lesser then the muslims. What a shame.

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