Gay Media / Racism / The Problem Guests

The Problem Guests: False Inclusivity

Written by Michael (@mycooljaymes) in response to a former #SpillSesh interview on Dating As a Gay Black Man.

My story doesn’t really come from one that deals with body issues, mine deals with the color of my skin. I’ve seen so many ads feature for white men, white men have always been the face of everything. Continue reading

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The Problem Guests: Racism in the Gay Community

Written by Robert in response to a former #SpillSesh interview on Dating As a Gay Black Man.

I am a 58 year old African American who came out at 18. I have 40 years of experience being out in Los Angeles, the Bay Area and in NYC. I experienced far less discrimination in the gay community in the 80’s and 90’s than I do now. I have tried to put my finger on why that is. Continue reading

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The Problem Guests: Icons, Objectification & LGBTQ Activism

Written by @drjeffgenderprof – Please check out more of his work on Medium

“Adam Rippon and Gus Kenworthy have the gay Internet abuzz,” reported Logo after the openly gay Olympians shared a kiss on stage at the GLAAD 2018 Media Awards, held in Los Angeles. Like many, I was impressed that Rippon and Kenworthy used the platform afforded to them by the 2018 Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea to raise awareness of the Trump administration’s systematic attacks on LGBTQ people. Rippon, in particular, put Mike Pence in the crosshairs by vocally critiquing the Vice President’s anti-LGBTQ record. But since the games, the pair have been increasingly objectified by the (gay) media. Their bodies receive all the attention while their messages take a backseat. Continue reading

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The Problem Guests: #RepresentMe – What Gay Media Isn’t Doing

Written by Jordan Daniels (@johodaniels)

When you look at the most popular tags at the bottom of Queerty’s website, what do you see? Colton Haynes, Gus Kenworthy, Nico Tortorella and Nyle DiMarco. The commonality between these names is that they’re all conventionally beautiful, especially because they’re white skinned. Where’s the tags for darker skinned “babes,” or women, trans and genderqueer? Continue reading