Wonky Wednesday: Racism in Gay Online Dating

July 26, 2013 at 5:06 am (Uncategorized)

This is interesting- need more research on this…

National LGBTQ Task Force Blog

By: Rick Mula, Holley Law Fellow

In the world of gay online dating, your race affects your romantic and sexual connections, whether your potential partners realize it or not. Systems of oppression based on race sometimes pressure queer men of color to lie about or hide their racial/ethnic identity in online dating spaces like Grindr in order to get positive romantic and sexual attention.

xtra-slide-customer-supportI’ve met a few people who have experienced problems with online dating. One queer man of color I know is half-Indian and half-Italian with a common Indian name. But in online dating profiles he uses a common English first name and an Italian surname. He waits until he meets someone to reveal his real name and racial/ethnic identity because men sometimes stop talking to him when they find out he’s partly Indian.

Another person I know is Black but has self-identified as mixed-race on Grindr because…

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