The welfare of the young person is always the most important issue, so the law does not aim to punish teenagers unnecessarily.
If both people are under 17, why are boys and girls treated differently?
If a girl is 15 or 16 and the boy is 17, what happens?
A boy aged 17 has reached the age when he can legally have sex.
We hooked up for the first time at a huge house party I had that was filled with other early- to mid-20s people. But he was handsome, and I knew from friends he was successful — at the time, anything above a yellow basement seemed really appealing. I still don’t understand how people make that kind of money — but at 21, I really didn’t. He indulged me by following Laura Dern around instead of looking at the gardens, which was definitely not the first time she had been stalked by gay men at a garden party.
I lived in a cement basement that, for some reason, I had painted yellow. Afterward, we had wine with some of his straight friends. Twenty years after becoming successful, what did it feel like now?
It seems so college to have someone walk in while you are hooking up during a party.
From the moment you realize as a gay man who you are, whether it's a challenging process or not, you know (maybe subconsciously) that a lot of the world hates you. I wasn’t bullied that badly, and my parents were cool, but deep down I knew I was hated.
I knew it was harder for me to get what I wanted, and a lot of that was self-inflicted. What I was doing in my early 20s, by dating older men, was showing myself that maybe there was hope.
It is very important that both people give consent to have sex before they have sex. The law states that you must be 17 to consent to (or agree to) have sexual intercourse.
It is the same for homosexual and heterosexual sex. This means that under the age of 17, you are not legally old enough to consent to sexual intercourse.