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This fear often results in mature people being cast aside, put into homes and simply forgotten.
Gervais argues that we do not talk about becoming old often enough, and in this lies the arrogance of humanity.
On the bright side, there are a growing number of events, and organisations which celebrate older gay men and women and who have or continue to tirelessly work in trying to break down the stigma and stereotypes that are often associated with mature gay men.
Pride parades will see a specific focus on the 'idealised' (and idolised) image of young and handsome gay men - with beauty and body image being the central components.
The findings, to be published in the November edition of ‘Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin’, concluded that men find the propect of dating intelligent women intimidating.
The study, carried out by researchers the University of Buffalo, California Lutheran University and University of Texas, Austin, posits that men’s attraction to certain traits in women can be directly affected by how realistic a romantic prospect their potential lover is.
Youth, in particular with young gay men, will sometimes bizarrely use the idea of being old as an insult.
If you load up the Grindr application, or any gay dating app you'll find a bunch of varying comments with ageist attitudes that will brazenly attack old trolls, 'daddies' and 'grandpas'.