S inakhone Keodara reached his breaking point last July. Loading up Grindr , the gay dating app that presents users with potential mates in close geographical proximity to them, the founder of a Los Angeles-based Asian television streaming service came across the profile of an elderly white man. He is now considering suing Grindr for racial discrimination. For black and ethnic minority singletons, dipping a toe into the water of dating apps can involve subjecting yourself to racist abuse and crass intolerance. Seeing that all the time is grating; it affects your self-esteem. Style blogger Stephanie Yeboah faces the same struggles.
'Least Desirable'? How Racial Discrimination Plays Out In Online Dating
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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. Queer men of color have fewer options in online dating than queer white men.
Why your swipes on Hinge and OKCupid might be racist
You're off to a house party hosted by a fabulous gay socialite. You're dressed to the nines, hair perfectly coiffed, and your pre-party selfie gets 30 likes on Facebook. You feel confident and ready to mingle. But a couple of hours into the evening, you notice that most of the single guys don't seem interested in getting to know you.
Dating and hook-up service Grindr has announced its intention to remove the "ethnicity filter" from its popular app. The controversial function allowed paying users to filter out prospective partners based on ethnicity labels such as "Asian", "Black" and "Latino". Long criticised as racist , the filter also helped to create a culture where users were emboldened to express their racism. Alongside other dating apps, Grindr has a reputation for sexual racism —the exclusion of potential partners based on race. In Grindr tried to amend this perception with the " Kindr Grindr " initiative.