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It reminds me of the graffiti I grew up with: Sometimes though, the comments catch you by stealth. You'll see a nice photo of a guy, then you scroll down and see him saying he's not into a certain race. David can be chatting to a guy on an app for days or even weeks before he's suddenly cut off. And the conversation ends there. You don't get any justification of why," David says.
When an Asian is compared to a Caucasian, are they less attractive? It's a question Asian Australian filmmaker Tony Ayres highlighted 20 years ago in his documentary China Dolls, during an era when guys used to hook up through published personals ads.
My experience as a gay, black man
As a teenager, I remember watching China Dolls on late night television. It made me question my own place in the world. For many gay guys, especially in an image-conscious city like Sydney, it's hard not to feel the pressure of being like the hypermasculine men at the gym, walking around, shaking bottles of protein supplements. Yes it has, when you don't want to be seen as a particular stereotype.
Eric has been on the dating scene for a couple of years and has become more ripped since I first met him several years ago. His abs would probably strike envy in many men. I wore big, thick black glasses. I am who I am and I'm happy with that. Even though David may have reached a certain level of "hotness", he still gets backhanded compliments.
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He's not just hot, he's "hot for an Asian". Hang on a minute. Because I'm Asian you're expecting that it wasn't going to be hot?
A couple of guys I spoke to for this story were reluctant to go on the record. Their experiences had damaged their wellbeing.
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They ditched the apps or stopped going out. I definitely find a lot of black men, like myself, to be more reserved about their sexuality, in comparison to gay, white males. I question where this confidence stems from: Does it come from within?
From family support? Or from the media? The media openly embraces white homosexuals and their lifestyles unlike homosexuality in the black community. I wonder as a young boy, if I would have seen a black, gay man on screen that I could relate to, if this would have led me down a path of acceptance, rather than rejecting my true self.
It sounds ridiculous, but because I longed to have a network and support system I played up to this. I was tired of being an outsider and I craved validation. In a way, I even felt proud of myself because I was finally seeking approval from other gay men, rather than trying to fool people into believing I was straight. No one should have to act in a way that is unnatural — regardless of race or sexuality.