Can Preferences be racist?

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This is going to be controversial: In a new episode of MTV Decoded, Dylan Marron tackles an ongoing problem in the gay community: racism. Particularly, the sexual racism found on dating apps.

“When gay men are confronted with their racist language, many try to explain it away as ‘a preference.’” Marron says. “I mean, they can’t help it, it’s just how they feel. As if they were captive to some mystical, romantic force that naturally discriminates against people of colour.”

Before you get all defensive, hear him out: “This is where structural racism comes into play. Because preferences are actually shaped by learned values. When you’re judging a person based solely on their racial background, you’re acting on generalizations you’ve learned to associate with that person’s appearance or heritage. You can’t say it’s their personality because you shut them down before you even got to know them.”

Watch the full video below:

Shoma Uno @ Worlds 2018

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Shoma “Pocket Rocket” Uno had a rough time when he competed at the Figure Skating World Championships in Milan for Team Japan last week.

Performing on pain killers due to an injury, he fell several times during his free program but he fought through the pain and frustration and despite his tears he ended up on a fantastic 2nd place behind Nathan Chen.

Here’s his gala performance that concluded the event:

Social Justice Strangers

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In the 2008 horror flick The Strangers, a young straight couple are hunted in their remote home by three masked maniacs who just want to see them suffer. That film’s sequel, The Strangers: Prey at Night, is now in theaters, and in the Enemies of Dorothy parody of it, titled Social Justice Strangers, the maniacs feel conflicted once they realize they’ve accidentally targeted a gay couple for torture.

The axe-wielding leader of the murderous trio asks, “Oh, oh, OK, oh God. Is this a hate crime?” starting a larger discussion about oppression and intersectionality in a darkly comic way.

One of the gay couple incredulously asks, “Wait, you can’t kill us because we’re gay?”

“We want to torture and kill you,” one of the murderers admits. Another pipes up, “But we’re not Mike Pence.”

Check out the full video below to find out how things resolve ;)

The choice to be unafraid

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Olympic figure skater Adam Rippon was honoured with the Visibility Award at the Human Rights Council annual gala on Saturday — and as we’ve come to expect from him, he completely stole the show with his poignant words.

“When I was little I used to care so much about what others thought of me,” he said. “I was mindful of the way I dressed, my mannerisms, the way I talked. I was afraid people would think I was weak. I was afraid of making mistakes. I was afraid that I wouldn’t be welcomed by the LGBTQ community because someone like me wouldn’t be the role model they were looking for. Maybe I was too gay, and maybe I was just too myself. Throughout my life, I have fallen short many times. I have felt depressed. I felt not good enough. And I felt like there would never be a day where I would feel like I belong. I was living life afraid. I remember hearing the quote, ‘What would you do if you weren’t afraid?’ I remember really hearing it, and honestly asking myself, ‘What would I do differently?’

“I remember making the choice to be unafraid,” he continued. “I made the choice to not care what others thought of who I was. I was going to be truly me. This was the biggest and most important decision I’d ever made: To live fearlessly. To take risks. To let go of my fear of what others may think of me, and to always keep learning. You will find that you will have your greatest success when you wear your scars proudly. Through my shortcomings and from my successes, I’ve learned that a champion is more than a medal. It’s a mindset.”

He closed with a powerful, inclusive sentiment: “To all the young kids out there, whether you are gay, straight, bi, trans or still on a journey of self-discovery; whether you are white, black, or any color in between, you are smarter than you think. You hold more strength than you may ever know. You are powerful. No matter where you have come from or where you are going to, there is someone who looks up to you, and they will find inspiration in your strength of just being yourself. Be a role model, and never forget that you can be someone’s champion. You are a winner. When we all come together, we can change the world.”

Encyclophilia

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Phile is biannual magazine dedicated to investigating sexual trends and subcultures, “to gain insight into human desire” (in the magazine’s own words). The mag’s second issue covers topics like sex in prison, BDSM, sexual cannibalism, gearheads and queer porn.

And along with the new issue’s release, Phile has posted a fetish encyclopedia video. Dubbed Encyclophilia, Vol. 1 and directed by Andrew B. Myers, the video takes you on an alphabetical journey of some of the most outlandish fetishes sure to raise an eyebrow or two.