03/21/2013 10:59 am ET

A Gay Man At Midlife Ponders Being Lonely And ‘Invisible'

Every other Tuesday, Steven Petrow, the author of “Steven Petrow’s Complete Gay & Lesbian Manners,” (Workman, 2011), addresses questions about gay and straight etiquette for a boomer-age audience. Send questions for Civil Behavior to

Q. Dear Civil Behavior: Your comment in a recent column about gays at midlife finding themselves “suddenly invisible -- aged out by the young, restless and beautiful” resonated loudly with me.

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