One can probably say the same thing about gay black men who date white men.
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Again, this is not a blanket theory. I once presented this idea to a friend a white guy who dates black men exclusively , and he had an intriguing response.
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He said it probably has to do with the male emphasis on the physical. Men are driven primarily by physical attraction when choosing a partner, while with women, other factors can play just as vital a role.
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I knew the woman I was talking to probably never would have been having this conversation with a white person. Clearly I was first and foremost a black man to her… a gay black man. But this was not a pick-up, so I let her continue. She started to tell me about the guy she lost her virginity to 20 years earlier.
He was black, and they remained great friends.
Now here is where our interaction started to venture off the rails. She pulled out her phone and began clicking through photos. She wanted me to see him. Once she found the photo she was looking for, she was on a roll.
She showed me a succession of recent pictures of her thenish first-timer posing outside shirtless because, well, why not? By the third month, I noticed I was apparently an object.
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It was not because I was young or any of the personal qualities I came to harshly evaluate after weeks of questioning what was wrong with me. So I decided to give these hookup apps a chance, in order to do some research on whether these men who had been so kind as to share their dearest fantasies of me would also actually be interested in going out for a meal or, furthermore, embarking on an actual relationship.
Interestingly, when I asked, I was immediately dismissed and blocked by the "pretty boys"; the other guys who were interested in meeting me responded pretty much by saying I wasn't their type, while the other handful who were actually up for meeting for a date were mostly over 50 years old or immigrants. In my experience, the European gay community that I encountered was interested in having me help them fulfill the fantasies they'd created based solely on the color of my skin, but they were completely opposed to the idea of a date or a relationship.
As plain as it was, I still found it hard to label these blatant acts as racism, since the people committing them were likely doing so unintentionally. I began questioning every aspect of my being: Am I too gay? Am I too young?
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Am I not attractive enough? For weeks, I was convinced that I was the problem. Until one evening, after finally being asked out on a date by a man, my date stood me up, saying he wasn't able to come.
Those stories matter, too, but I want to see two same-gender-loving Black men have their own romantic comedy. I get that Hollywood is slow to recognize that white, straight men can enjoy movies that don't feature them and change can be hard, but the fact remains that, even in our collective struggles as LGBT people, some of us have it far better than others. By and large, Black queer men are portrayed in pop culture in terms of their pathologies, not their normalcies.
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