Actor, creator, and producer Lee Doud recently wrote a commentary for The Advocate about his experiences with anti-Asian sentiments on gay dating and hook-up apps and the impact on the gay community.
Titled “The Gay Community’s Fear and Loathing of Asian Men Must End” here is an excerpt
Talking about race is tricky. I think we can all agree on that.
Nobody wants to be the boy who cried racist. But it’s also important to reflect and dissect some of the ways that we think about, feel for, and judge others. Society has grown more inclusive in so many ways, but we still have a long way to go. I share my experience not for myself, but for the furtherance of inclusion and understanding of minority experiences. I also understand that we all have our types. Maybe I’m not yours. Maybe I am. I’m not here to convince you that you should find men of Asian-descent to be sexy. What I do want to have is a conversation about why this marginalization of Asian men exists not only in our own culture but on a much larger scale. For my battle personally, it’s the perception of race and the stigmas behind it, true or not, that is the issue. I hope you continue reading, continue thinking, and continue growing. I hope we can do this together.
To read his entire op-ed go to The Gay Community’s Fear and Loathing of Asian Men Must End
Lee Doud has also parlayed his op-ed into his own lecture series called
No Fats, No Fems, No Asians, Unpacking the Asian American Dating Experience in the Modern World
Check out Lee Doud website for additional dates on his lecture series.