A recent article by gay website Edge Boston talks about the anti-Asian sentiment that exists in the gay male community websites: “Queer men of color in particular … not only face exclusionary messages in predominately white queer communities online, but also do not see others like them represented in promotional and advertising images on sites like Manhunt and other LGBT news and entertainment sites.”
Yep, agreed. But rather than give my two cents over the state of overt anti-Asian sentiment in the gay community, I’ll simply relay an anecdote: two or three weeks ago, my [white] friend Andy recently received a message from this guy on Grindr, a gay cruising dating iPhone App, for the straight people out there. The user description? “Asians, prease reave me arone.” GET IT? He’s trying to be clever, and by “clever,” I mean “a guy trying to win over white and/or Latino twinks by putting down a WHOLE FUCKING ETHNICITY.”
Rather than being full of anger, hurt or sadness, I will simply take advantage of social media and display his publicly available profile photo, with absolutely no commentary whatsoever.
To the guy I’m slandering on the Internet: So Sorry! Oh wait: So Solly!