THE idea that gay guys who are over 30 years of age need to stop clubbing, according to blogger Dalton Heinrich, hit a nerve both on the Star Observers’ website and social media last week.

But like a moth to the flame, the young writer has this week come out defending his opinion piece, which was originally published on

“I would like to start this article off by thanking everyone who took the time to read my last piece Gay Guys and the Curse of the Peter Pan Syndrome, whether you agreed or disagreed,” Heinrich wrote in his follow-up piece.

“I now would like to address the reactions I have gotten to my writing.

“I never once in my entire article suggest that men of any age should refrain from going to bars or clubs; the focus of my article was how the men out at clubs acted,” he continues.

“The sad, thirsty man haunting the shadows of 18 and up clubs is slowly killing our culture.

“It is time to fight off this trend of a permanent youth… It is time to tell Peter Pan that you want to go home”


Heinrich went on to defend his “ageist” remarks in the same breath when paying respect to communities elders, and continuing to defend his opinion.

“I stand by my opinion that in the nightlife scene the way a large amount of gay ‘adults’ act is a sad reflection of a culture,” he wrote.

“I know there are people who make a living off of the nightlife scene and there are successful and mature people who frequent it. There are bar owners, promoters, drag performers, bartenders, event hosts, and much more and I will absolutely admit that my post was NOT referring to them. It was referring to the men who make partying a priority in a desperate attempt to cling to a fraction of their youth and the men that portray immature social attitudes.”

Was Dalton Heinrich’s “defence” any good for you? Or did he just stoke the flame?


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