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Daily Archives: October 14, 2005
Gary Lo has experienced more racism within Sydney’s gay community than he has in the mainstream community.
When he went to gay venues people muttered things like “fucking nip”. He found it almost impossible to get served at bars, as the staff would look straight past him. And when he tried internet chat rooms, the minute the issue of race came up people would say they weren’t interested…
Lo, who was born in Hong Kong but has lived in Australia since he was two, said people in the gay community seemed to think they had “more leeway when it came to racism”.
“It seems like anything goes with the gay community when it comes to race,” he said.
“Maybe it’s because there’s a sexual hierarchy of desirability on the gay scene. And Asians rank pretty low on that. No one talks about it but it’s pretty well understood.”…
It would be nice to think Gary is a bit oversensitive or paranoid, but it is sadly not the case.
I was shocked to learn last night that a couple of weeks ago M was physically assaulted by a gay person in what seems to have been a racially-motivated attack. M required medical attention, and the police were called in. Beyond that I can’t say more, as I normally do not publicise M’s business here.
I saw the third episode of this outstanding series last night. The sheer evil of those times is breathtaking; if ever a series deserves to be compulsory viewing, this is the one. If ever you doubted that Holocaust apologists or deniers and neo-Nazis deserve utter contempt, watch this series.
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