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New research says the gay community is rampant with racism

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Gay men’s health and life magazine FS have revealed that they believe there has been little progress towards fighting against racism in the gay community.

Their survey of over 850 gay men showed that 75% of black gay men, 81% of South East and East Asian gay men, 86% of South Asian gay men and 78% of mixed ethnicity gay men have experienced racism on the gay scene.

The results match, or in some cases increased, from the same survey taken out in 2015.

One person said: “The gay community is everything but tolerant. Racism in the gay world is rampant, so using the colours of the rainbow, as a logo, is absolutely hypocritical.

“I’ve experienced more racism on the gay scene than anywhere else in my entire life.”

Other shocking figures revealed that 85% of black men admitted to feeling sexualized or objectified on the gay scene, while 100% of Arab gay men said they thought the gay community had a problem with racism.

Marc Thompson, co-editor of BlackOut UK spoke about the changes the gay community can make, saying: “We can call it out. If we are at a bar and we see someone getting hassled, or we see racism online or on apps, then we name it and we call it out.

“When a lot of people hear ‘gay’ they think ‘white and gay’. We need to address the rich rainbow of people in there, but white gay men have to understand that their black and Asian BAME brothers and sisters live in a world where race has a huge impact on them”

You can find the full extent of the survey results at www.thefactsite.org.uk.

Words Rob Henderson

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