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One queer man of color I know is half-Indian and half-Italian with a common Indian name.
For instance, one white man asked him, “Do you wanna make a white man your slave?
” Another white man refused to believe he was Black, citing his “Chinese-looking eyes.” These are just a few stories that illustrate the effects of racism within online dating communities comprising mostly gay men.
They can cause some queer men of color to feel undesirable, which in turn can pressure some queer men of color to lie about their racial/ethnic identity in order to attract attention.
It is troubling to see racial hierarchies reified in online queer dating spaces because queer people should know better.
White gay men also respond less frequently to messages in general than gay men of color.