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.
This particular exchange, though, was slightly different to the usual ones.
My friend was in the early stages of a chat with a man she'd matched with and he straight away asked about her ethnicity — projecting his assumptions of her by focusing on her race.
In the world of gay online dating, your race affects your romantic and sexual connections, whether your potential partners realize it or not.I made a documentary about the role race plays in online dating, Date My Race, a year ago.For example, the data collected by one of the many online dating websites in Australia, Oasis.com, found that white women were the least likely to date outside of their race.The reasons varied, from unfamiliarity with certain races and cultures, to just down to what they found themselves attracted to.
Is it racist then to have a racial preference, you ask?They also found that the least contacted groups were black women and Asian men.