On the subject of gay dating, Steven Petrow has the following to say:
Self-esteem makes a difference in determining success in the dating arena. Are you confident and generally happy? Do you see yourself as someone worth knowing? If you don't recognize the qualities you have that make you attractive, it's generally harder to project them and to accept others' appreciation of you.
I sincerely hope all of you reading this who are dating can answer a resounding YES to Petrow's two questions.
(From Steven Petrow's Complete Gay & Lesbian Manners for Every Occasion: The Definitive Guide to LGBT Life, p. 47.)