Share via Email London Pride. Despite the determination of many minority ethnic LGBT people to do just that, it is not happening. But another far more pernicious reason is that the LGBT world revolves around white gay men to the exclusion of others. The rainbow flag is whiter than it appears. This manifests itself in numerous ways.
Some are rejected because of their ethnicity; on the other hand, some are objectified because of it. Once, at a nightclub, he was relentlessly pursued by a fellow patron. Eventually, he was asked: Indians are not my type. Others speak of their experiences of being rejected by door staff at LGBT venues. He says it has got worse since the Orlando nightclub massacre , where the gunman was Muslim. His Arab heritage was objectified and stereotyped by some would-be lovers, even down to presuming his sexual role.
After launching a petition against the event, she received threats of violence. LGBT publications are guilty too. Dean stopped buying mainstream gay magazines two years ago. While LGBT people are much more likely than heterosexuals to suffer from mental distress , the level is even higher among ethnic minorities. Undoubtedly, racism plays a role. The least that white LGBT people can do is to reciprocate and confront racism within their own ranks. The far-right movements on the march across the western world are consciously trying to co-opt the LGBT rights campaign for their own agenda.
Muslims are portrayed as an existential threat to gay people, particularly after Orlando. This week, Milo Yiannopolous — a gay attention-seeker who has become an icon of the US far right — was at the centre of a media storm because a platform to speak at his old school was withdrawn.
In the Netherlands, the anti-immigrant right was led by a gay man, Pim Fortuyn, until his assassination. In France, reportedly a third of married gay couples support the far-right National Front. The struggle against racism has, of course, to be led by people of colour who suffer the consequences — such as Black Out UK , which fights for a platform for black gay men, and Media Diversified , which campaigns for minority representation in the media.
But unless white LGBT people — who the official gay scene venerates — listen to the voices of those who are sidelined, little will change. Being oppressed yourself does not mean you are incapable of oppressing others: LGBT people have had to struggle against bigotry and oppression for generations. It is tragic that they inflict and ignore injustice in their own ranks.