Are these two factors — racism in dating and the HIV crisis — related? A 2014 study shows among black men who have sex with men, 45 percent of sexual encounters were with other black men.
The researchers who identified that unusually high number didn't explore what caused it. These men are dating within a smaller social network, the researchers concluded, which leads to a higher statistical likelihood of contracting the virus.
Phrases like “no blacks” are pervasive on apps like Grindr and Scruff.
At other times, people of color say they're treated like an exotic novelty.
Meghan Markle, who plays Rachel Zane, is dating Prince Harry. Their new relationship caused a media storm in the UK and has heightened her profile stateside as well.
She is the cover girl for the October issue of cover story are focused on Markle’s man, author Sam Kashner did well to mention her background as a biracial woman from Los Angeles.
Social and sexual networks are often based on a person’s location, for example.
Racism is very much a reality in the gay dating world, as evidenced by the numerous articles, studies, and think pieces illustrating this sad fact.
They are actually likelier to wear condoms than other groups and less likely to use drugs before or during sex.
Probability, it seems, has stacked the deck against them when it comes to HIV infection.
Many members of minority groups might also prefer to date within their networks, because doing so provides support and reinforces community.
Scales maintains that while conversations about the impact of racism in dating are worthwhile and it “rings true” that gay men often aren't welcomed to date outside their own race, such debates are "missing the point," as they do little to stem the HIV crisis.