American Sociological Association

The Deliberate Racism Making #Gaymediasowhite

Once cloaked in non-descript brown wrappers and confined to back-alley magazine stores, gay media is now ubiquitous. Yet, in contemporary gay media, as in mainstream media, gay people of color don’t often exist outside of fantasy cruises to Jamaica, Puerto Rico, or the “Orient.” Even when they are present, they exist only as flamboyant sidekicks to “straight-acting” gay White men, who have come to represent the “gay community.” Sometime between Stonewall and Will & Grace, those who exercise sway over gay media seemed to have decided that the best way to be accepted by straight America was to mimic upper middle-class Whiteness.