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YouTuber Explores the Difficulties of Being Gay and Asian

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It isn’t easy being gay.

In fact, in mainstream society, it isn’t always easy to be any kind of minority. Once you get into the intersectionality of identifying (or being identified) with multiple minorities, life gets even trickier. Add dating to the mix, and it’s pretty much game over.

The world of online dating isn’t a pretty place, and on Grindr—the gay “dating” (read, hookup) app—things are no different. We’ve previously reported on the fascinating and frightening prevalence of blatant racism on dating apps, but a new viral video has addressed the topic from a more specific point of view: gay Asian men.

Simultaneously fetishized and forgotten, gay Asian men often experience unexpected challenges in the world of online dating, leading to uncomfortable propositions, attacks on their identity, and even feelings of incompetence and self-loathing.

Canadian vlogger Collin Factor explores the question from a personal standpoint:

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Source: YouTube @Collin Factor

Is it harder to be gay and Asian?