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Gay Asian-American Men Question Their Identities As Americans and LGBTQ People
I wanted a glimpse of the life I could have — someone who looked like me and could understand my struggle. It was what gay society told me was the pinnacle of male beauty. For a long time, I thought that coming out would open doors to a place where I could be open about my identity without judgement. As gay men, we all go through an emotional journey to discover a sense of self; to allow ourselves to be vulnerable enough to come out and let our lives fall into place. And while I found acceptance in innumerable ways through friends, coming out also meant entering a world brimming with a distinct, ubiquitous form of discrimination — where racism runs rampant and everyone is boxed into manufactured stereotypes. I learned quickly that some of the most blatant racism in the gay community is pointed at Asian men. If anyone does show interest in an Asian man, they may be pursuing a submissive Asian stereotype.
Very Few People Say “No Whites”: Gay Men of Color and The Racial Politics of Desire
Every night he goes to gay bars in Portland, Oregon, Justin Riel, a year-old Filipino immigrant who works as a data manager for local courts, gets hit on by white men. Sort of. One hookup, he said, lost his erection when he learned Riel is Asian. Portland is the whitest big city in America. Riel knows it.
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