Gays Are Messy – Part 7 | The Seedy Underbelly of Gay Interracial Relationships

| May 13, 2014 | 10 Comments
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St. Louis Rams indeed…

College football player Michael Sam got drafted to the St. Louis Rams. He is the first active professional out American football player in the history of the NFL. When he was selected in the third round Saturday, he kissed his boyfriend in celebration. The world was at once outraged and pleased, depending on how you feel about gay men. Personally, I don’t care. I sort of think he is being managed with this whole “gay” thing anyway. He doesn’t look or speak like what most people think of gay men (he’s huge and his voice is way deep). Other players had better stats but the gay thing put him over the top just to make a statement, but regardless, we are here and I wish him all the success in the world.

I joked on Twitter before that with all these big, muscular black gay athletes coming out that black gay men would have to watch out for thin white gay twinks who would be the thin white women going after the big, muscular black straight athletes just to get a check or a child or two. I said it as kind of a joke, but then Michael Sam had to go and get himself a thin(ner) white guy. Then there’s Shaun T with his husband. Then comes Derrick Gordon dating the much older man from CSI who met Derrick on Twitter “several years ago”. (Derrick is only 22 and Gerald McCullough is 47.) Finally, we have the reason Don Lemon forgets he’s black many times in the form of his thin white boyfriend.

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The gay couples. Gay as in the “happy” sense …and the “enjoys sex with other men” sense.

I’m pro-black, but not anti-white. I’m pro-love in whatever shade it comes. I date interracially unashamedly. (I’ve dated all except Native American.) I’ve been treated well by each race and been treated like crap by each race too. I cannot speak for these men and their relationships and motivations, but what I can do is speak on what their coming out in their relationships does – reveals a nasty side to gay dating preferences concerning interracial relationships. There is nothing wrong with dating within your own race if you know that’s just what you like. However, that rarely seems to be the case when people justify not dating interracially. Their preference is normally followed by some disparaging comment about people of other races ending with a comment about why they are better than the other person simply based on their own race or culture.

I’ve never seen a group as racist as gay men when choosing a potential partner. Black guys are valued due to their allegedly larger genitals and swagger. If you’re a black man who doesn’t subscribe to hip hop culture in fashion or mannerisms (or 100% into self-empowerment books), you miss out on both other black men finding you appealing or most white men being into you. You’re just not black enough. If you’re white and act black, other white guys won’t find you attractive and only black guys who want to call themselves experimenting will choose you. If you’re Asian, no one wants you unless you live in San Francisco. If you’re Middle Eastern, you probably only want a white man (same if you’re Asian). If you’re Latino, the preference is split between white and black, but you’ll probably only want another Latino in the end because other cultures are beneath yours – so I’ve heard first-hand (unless you’re a passing white Latino, then you’ll probably end up with a white guy).
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Except for black men, no one else wants a black man except for his erect penis (or lucrative sports/media/creative arts contract). No one wants an Asian unless they are looking for a submissive bottom who is okay being cared for like a child. The only group who doesn’t want white men in general is black men. White men are the gold standard for everyone else, including other white men. (Thanks, visual media, for portraying white men as the normal standard for beauty! You’re so helpful.) This is partly because white guys are seen as the mainstream, normal, inoffensive, and holders of good credit and overall sanity. White men can increase your visibility and social standing in gay circles, allegedly. This is an unfair complimentary assessment. White men are no better partners than other men of any other race.

I really hate it when I hear people of one race talk about how much they love white guys and talk about them like they’re “above” anyone else. I just want to yell, “Don’t you realize that you’re Black (or Asian, Latino, Indian, etc.)? What you think about other black guys might be what he thinks of you. And what then?”

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Racial preferences in dating are stupid to me. They lend themselves to stereotypes and fear in most cases. I asked a white friend why he would only date other white men in such a multi-racial city. He said that he is scared of black men in general, but not of me because I’m not like “most” black men (that he only saw on the news being arrested or being represented in aggressive hip hop songs and clothing). I was angered by his comments but also pitied him for choosing to stay in his mental box and live out his days in fear of people who were just like him but had different skin tones and musical preferences.

Race is a part of who someone is, but it doesn’t fully define them. That’s part of what I like about inter-racial dating; I get to know someone whom I otherwise wouldn’t know because I’m not a part of that world. I mean, at the end of the day, you’re just dating a person; a human being just like you…with a different hair texture. So, while a black person may tell you that gay marriage and PrEP are “white gay” issues, I remind them that they want to get married one day and that preventative HIV treatment could be an answer to the high HIV rates in the black gay community. So we can, you know, continue to live, Fleet, and be happy.

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As for these men mentioned above, I don’t know any of them personally, so I can’t comment on what brought them together. (I can, however, say how icky I feel looking at Derrick Gordon and Gerald McCullough’s picture. Every picture I see of them together just screams that something isn’t right here. It’s not the age thing [which is yet another major gay relationship issue in the community]. It’s just…uh…a feeling.) What I hope is that none of those men are gold-digging or trying to play the “get in early to make it look like I’ve always been ride-or-die” card and push for marriage and divorce within the following two years…as several NFL/NBA/MLB wives have done.

But let’s be real. They’re gay. If they are having relationship problems, it’ll wind up as cheating followed by a long-term “single play” open relationship for 10 years before they separate.
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Bottom line: Date/Relate for love, not status, success, wealth, or race. There’s a whole world out there of interesting people who may not look like you. Just get to know them for the right reasons.

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  1. Mission says:

    Thank you for this. I’ve been looking for successes with dating as a black man and this was helpful.

  2. Mission says:

    Do wiggers and latino men find black men dateable? Or do latinos like light skin while wiggers tend to like the most hip hop black guys they can find?

    • jamin says:

      I don’t know. It’s way more complicated for the latter but the former normally do, from what I see. But I don’t think the former are really being themselves – just trying to put on a show to impress someone while their name is something like Welford Pennington IV and they have a trust fund that pays $500,000/year in interest. They do tend to like the most hypermasculine hip hop black men, however.

  3. My kind of dating is somewhat more about personality-I’m very artistic-so just trying to go out with anyone just because they are of a certain race is just crazy! They have to at least understand and love my passion/vocation-art. If gay men spent more time trying to find mates they actually have something in common with…?

    Anyway, good article but much missing, namely common interests, class AND context.

    1.Inc Jason Collins, these black men were NOT around any out black proud men,esp Michael Sam.
    2.These guys are all super proud to be gay and activists, how many black men are willing to come out like this? If any of these guys had a black partner, they would be forced to be discreet and not care about activism. Sorry but this is the state of black gay culture.
    3. These guys are all somewhat middle class and super nice-since when is the non thug look big with black women or gay men? Would gay black men find them attractive?
    4. They were all in cities that are NOT on the east or west coast. So how many black gay men who are out are there?
    5. All their boyfriends super targetted them-where were the black gay men doing the same? As soon as Jason came out, the producer from Help zoomed in on him.
    6.Context again-are they supposed to be single until this mythical black guy comes into their lives?
    7. All these couples inc Derrick and Gerald, actually have a lot in common-brave, activists, liberal, open minded etc…very different to the social conservatism that is ripe within the gay black comm.
    8. Michael Sam and his boyfriend have been together since they were in late teens entering college. Piecing interview snippets plus their social media, his boyfriend has been greatly responsible for the Michael we have now. He only started playing really well during his last season AFTER he came out.

    It’s a pity as usual that black folk are being so hysterical, irrational and judgmental about these couples because they are really cool people-really nice and genuine. No drama, OTT or fakeness. Check their social media. Really refreshing. And they are all black. We should be GD proud!

    • jamin says:

      Thanks for reading. Are you just venting out against black gays who don’t find others of any other race appealing or are you saying that the tone of my article was condoning their behaviors?

  4. Crablover says:

    I’m thinking of dating Latinos, what should I know(or avoid) before finding one to date? What kind of black guys do Latinos normally date or want to date?

  5. leroy brown says:

    i’m a gay black men.. who has only dated white men for a long time.
    this is bullshit. fuck analyzing who loves who…or desires who.
    just be yourself and love who you love.
    who cares if you’re into another race… the entire concept of race does nothing good… it just causes division and fighting. people should love whoever they do naturally… and fuck what other people think

    • jamin says:

      Well, that’s what I said, but just make sure you don’t get caught up in who is better than whom and just…be sure you’re not a fetish.

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