While I’ve personally dated women across the racial spectrum, I’ve only had a handful of clients who ever expressed preferences for women of other races.Then again, the demographics of my clients are probably a bit skewed towards upper-middle class white people.Grindr has been criticised for not taking sufficient action to prevent the display of offensive, racist, and homophobic language by some users. “Blacks keep movin’ cuz I ain’t interested unless you can prove not all blacks are the exact same” read some of the profiles featured on Douchebags of Grindr, a Tumblr page dedicated solely to naming and shaming problematic people on the hookup app. Dustin Mangatjay Mc Gregor documented the prevalence of racism in Australia’s gay community, particularly online.In 2014, the app’s creator, Joel Simkhai, said in an interview with the Israeli newspaper Haaretz that he “didn’t like it” but he “[isn’t] a sixth-grade teacher” and it “[isn’t his] job to police such things. Like many young gay men, Mc Gregor began using dating apps like Grindr since its inception.The dating app has grown exponentially since its launch.Unfortunately, given the sheer size and reach of its user base, there are incidences where racist and bigoted users who use “preference” as a catch-all disclaimer for atrocious behaviour. Earlier this year, an Australian medical student shone a light on racism on the popular dating site.Yes, these daters clearly discriminate by race and height and looks and other superficial qualities, but they also temper these biases once they get to know one another.” People who are terribly picky in choosing partners online will relax their standards if they spend just three or four minutes talking to someone at a speed dating session. Until the news came out that he’d reportedly proposed to his singer girlfriend. I had my first taste of this racism – because that’s what it is, no matter how subtly or politely it’s disclosed – when I was 18. It was delivered in a jokey way and we laughed it off, but there was always that sense that being with someone of the same race was the "right" thing to do. Seven years on and I still have problems with my current boyfriend, a white New Zealander.
In January 2016, Grindr announced that it sold its 60% stake to a Chinese gaming company, Beijing Kunlun Tech, for million.He’s had to field questions about his penis because “the assumption is all black guys have big dicks and just want to have sex”. I’m a bit surprised at men’s openness to interracial dating.I went on a double date with my female Jewish friend. Obviously we're not subjected to online abuse from gossip sites (being that we're not in any Hollywood film franchises, or performing at Glastonbury).My partner for the evening was a white, Jewish guy. But we do get "looks" when we're walking down the street together - especially when we leave London. Much of the time it seems to be confusion and uncertainty ("are they even allowed to date in her culture? Unlike me he's never had to develop a "racism radar", where you instinctively know that people are staring because of your skin colour. Lots of my black and ethnic minority (BAME) friends, who date white people, tell me the same thing. I know of one couple – a black man and white woman – who’ve had much worse experiences.