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COLUMN: Facing the Racism, Prejudices of Gay Dating Apps
By Christian Gollayan. October 3, pm Updated October 3, pm. A new study from Cornell University found dating apps that let users filter potential matches by race promote discrimination. Researchers combed through previous studies linking dating apps and racial biases. The authors agreed that although dating preferences are inherently personal, culture shapes how we interact with people from different backgrounds. The study found that black men and women are 10 times more likely to message white people than vice versa.
The bi man from Toronto, who did not share his full name, told Global News he was once told this by a man on a dating app. Sometimes simple microaggression can cause a huge stir. Sometimes the levels people go to let people down is quite disturbing. In , the company launched an anti-racism campaign to tackle some of these messages of hate , the BBC reported. Jason Garcia, a gender non-binary person from Edmonton, said they often still see these phrases and others on apps like Grindr. Garcia is part of the Latinx community said people of colour POC can become even further marginalized.
Sexual racism is the individual's sexual preference of specific races. It is an inclination towards potential sexual or romantic partners on the basis of perceived racial identity. Although discrimination among partners based on this perceived racial identity is characterized by some as a form of racism, it is presented as a matter of preference by others. Attitudes towards interracial relationships, and indeed marriage, have increased in positivity in the last 50 years.
#KindrGrindr: Gay dating app launches anti-racism campaign
In the world of gay online dating, your race affects your romantic and sexual connections, whether your potential partners realize it or not. 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. Another person I know is Black but has self-identified as mixed-race on Grindr because he gets little attention when he identifies himself as Black. These are just a few stories that illustrate the effects of racism within online dating communities comprising mostly gay men.