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But in online dating profiles he uses a common English first name and an Italian surname.
He waits until he meets someone to reveal his real name and racial/ethnic identity because men sometimes stop talking to him when they find out he’s partly Indian.
White lesbian women respond to Ok Cupid messages from other white women 49% of the time but respond to messages from women of color 47.6% of the time (excluding response rate to Indian women due to small sample).
White lesbian women respond to women of color 2.4% less often than to white women, but white gay men respond to men of color 6.7% less often than to white men.
I’ve met a few people who have experienced problems with online dating.
One queer man of color I know is half-Indian and half-Italian with a common Indian name.
Middle Eastern gay men, on average, will receive about 48 responses for every 100 messages they send, while white gay men will receive an average of 45. Response rates vary by race less among lesbian women on Ok Cupid than gay men.I normally don’t bother writing reviews, but if it wasn’t for Blind Dater and their exciting feature Blinddate Hour, I wouldn’t have met the sweet girl I’m dating now.Don’t be scared of trying something new, you won’t regret it.Another person I know is Black but has self-identified as mixed-race on Grindr because he gets little attention when he identifies himself as Black.And the attention he does receive for identifying as Black isn’t favorable – it’s frequently unsolicited and racialized.
These data illustrate that one’s race/ethnicity affects one’s romantic and sexual value in queer communities. Ok Cupid’s data sheds light on casual racism in queer online dating communities, but overt racism is also prevalent.