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Wonky Wednesday: Racism te Gay Online Dating – National LGBTQ Task Force

By: Rick Mula, Holley Law Fellow

Te the world of gay online dating, your wedloop affects your romantic and sexual connections, whether your potential vrouwen realize it or not. Systems of oppression based on wedstrijd sometimes pressure queer boys of color to lie about or hide their étnico/ethnic identity ter online dating spaces like Grindr te order to get positive romantic and sexual attention.

I’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 ter online dating profiles he uses a common English very first name and an Italian surname. He waits until he meets someone to expose his auténtico name and étnico/ethnic identity because guys sometimes zekering talking to him when they find out he’s partly Indian.

Another person I know is Black but has self-identified spil mixed-race on Grindr because he gets little attention when he identifies himself spil Black. And the attention he does receive for identifying spil Black isn’t benévolo – it’s frequently unsolicited and racialized. For example, one white man asked him, “Do you wanna make a white man your marionette?” Another white man refused to believe he wasgoed Black, citing his “Chinese-looking eyes.”

Thesis are just a few stories that illustrate the effects of racism within online dating communities comprising mostly gay boys. Queer guys of color have fewer options ter online dating than queer white dudes.

Gegevens suggests thesis stories are not uncommon or unique. Based on gegevens published by OkTrends, a blog produced by OkCupid, white gay boys react more often to OkCupid messages from other white studs than from studs of color. They react to messages from other white studs 44% of the time but react only 37.3% of the time to boys of color.

White gay dudes also react less frequently to messages ter común than gay studs of color. On OkCupid white gay dudes react to messages from all races at an media rate of 41.4%, but gay guys of color react to messages from all races at an media rate of 49.3%.

Ironically, even however white gay fellows react to messages ter universal less frequently than gay boys of color they fail to attract the highest rate of responses to the messages they send. Middle Eastern gay fellows, on media, will receive about 48 responses for every 100 messages they send, while white gay studs will receive an media of 45. By tegenstelling, Black gay guys will receive about 36.

Response rates vary by wedloop less among lezzie women on OkCupid than gay studs. White sapphic women react to OkCupid messages from other white women 49% of the time but react to messages from women of color 47.6% of the time (excluding response rate to Indian women due to petite sample). White lesbo women react to women of color Two.4% less often than to white women, but white gay studs react to boys of color 6.7% less often than to white boys.

Thesis gegevens illustrate that one’s wedstrijd/ethnicity affects one’s romantic and sexual value ter queer communities. And racism especially harms gay fellows of color.

OkCupid’s gegevens sheds light on casual racism te queer online dating communities, but overt racism is also prevalent. Blogs like “Douchebags of Grindr,” tho’ insensitively titled, point out overtly racist headlines gay studs postbode on their Grindr profiles such spil “no blacks” or “white only.” Often, white guys attempt to minimize the social harm of their overt racism by claiming their comments are merely “preferences.” But thesis so-called preferences cause significant harm. They can cause some queer studs of color to feel undesirable, which te turn can pressure some queer dudes of color to lie about their étnico/ethnic identity te order to attract attention.

It is troubling to see étnico hierarchies reified te online queer dating spaces because queer people should know better. Queerness does not give whites a pass to be openly racist. Most queer whites know the anguish of social marginalization, yet they marginalize queer people of color ter online dating communities. I want to live te a pluralistic world, where whiteness holds the same value spil all other amalgams of wedren, ethnicity, and culture.

[NOTE: It is unclear whether OkTrends included andrógino fellows when calculating response rates. OkTrends also did not report gegevens on transgender individuals.]

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