Issue: Loving v. Virginia and Gay Marriage
We all know integration laws give legal protections; they don't force cultural interaction. Are we still uneasy about exogamy? Although we as LGBT people share commonalities, perhaps cultural differences draw us apart. Many prides and bars already separate by race and ethnicity. Some cite environment, others comfort, and still a few, personal taste as reasons why we frequent places that attract specific crowds. The common bond is same-sex attraction. Things differ when we talk about culture, music, lifestyle, etc. But, when it comes to dating and relationships, should we extend an invitation?
Gay Life forum member Dahighest is "a single African-American homosexual male" that feels "a strong attraction to guys of other races." Dahighest also feels that the "homosexual lifestyle is highly segregated." Frustrated, Dahighest wrote: "Most of my homosexual friends are all Black and the couple of times I went to the clubs, there was NO diversity. I would love to potentially date a White, Hispanic, or Asian guy but I don't know how to even start towards meeting one. I realize that as I get older, my taste is changing and I am attracted to different things than I was say, a year ago. So, for anyone out there in an interracial homosexual relationship, how did you jump it off?"
Longtime member Tony suggests Dahighest "jump it off the same as with someone of the same race."
"I find race to be a non-issue," Tony says. "Cultural differences can be an issue, but I don't see any reason to give much consideration to race. You are either attracted to a person or you are not. They are either attracted to you or they are not. The race of either of you is irrelevant if you like each other." (More on this discussion)
What are your feelings about interracial gay relationships? Are you in an interracial relationship? How do you feel when you see an African-American man holding hands with a Caucasian man or a Caucasian man with an Asian man, and so on?
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