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Finding a suitable life partner is a challenging task for anyone. Life’s daily obligations and a lack of understanding can make it hard for African American men to find someone of the same sex that intrigues them. Dating websites are available to help people find the right person to bring into their life. These sites provide a number of options to help people connect and get to know each other.

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One of the most significant changes of the 21st century has been the shift from paper to plastic. It’s estimated that in the next few years, we’ll be seeing at least one new product a week made from recycled plastic.

By 2020, plastics will take over the market for paper, replacing it as a disposable material used primarily for food packaging. Plastic packaging, made from petrochemicals, still generates billions of pounds of carbon emissions as it winds up in landfills and oceans, and is not as recyclable as paper, which can be reprocessed into a wide variety of materials. However, with growing consumer concern about the harmful impact of plastic on the environment, manufacturers are increasingly recognizing the need for the use of more sustainable, biodegradable and recyclable packaging. In the last decade, major brands, including PepsiCo and Coca-Cola, have started exploring how to produce packaging made from more renewable sources such as plants or sugarcane. There is no doubt that, by using sustainable packaging, consumers will get a product that is, literally, better for the planet.

One man working to reduce the use of plastics in the food industry is Georgia-based Yum! Brands (NYSE:YUM), the company behind some of America’s most popular fast-food restaurants, including KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell. Yum! Brands is now the largest global producer of sustainable and recyclable plastic food containers in the foodservice industry, and it has been awarded the Sustainable Packaging Coalition’s Green Seal certification for five consecutive years. CEO David Farmer, a former IBM executive, joined Yum! Brands in 2010 as executive vice president of food services and is now leading the company’s overall sustainability strategy.

It was Farmer’s introduction to the impact of packaging on the environment and the company’s sustainability mission.

I’m White, Gay, and Dating a Black Man: What I’ve Learned About Racial Profiling

In light of the recent events in Ferguson, Missouri, the subject of race in America is at the forefront of everybody’s minds, including my own. Polls show that many white and black people view this tragedy through starkly different lenses. This serves as a sobering reminder that despite the distance this country has traveled on a range of social issues, there is still an enormous amount of ground to cover in reconciling our nation’s sinful past with its hopeful future. As a gay white man and drag queen who is engaged to an African-American man, my interracial same-sex relationship has given me unique insight into the fundamental mistrust, and often subconscious disdain, that people have for anyone different from themselves.

Ask almost any white person in America and they will tell you straight out that they are not racist. You will hear everything from, „I have black friends“ to „I voted for Obama“ as evidence of their inclusive viewpoints. Yet, in the five years that I have been with my black partner, I have been amazed by the profoundly different ways in which each of us is treated in similar situations. I won’t bore you with the endless stories of the white people who cross the street when they see my boyfriend walking by, or the countless women who clutch their purses tightly as he passes. Nor shall I waste your time retelling how folks watch him like a hawk when we enter a store, while I could be walking out with half the inventory tucked under my shirt and no one seems to care.

On the other hand, I equally refuse to delve into the Facebook post an African-American friend of mine recently wrote where he stated that a black man dating a white man is the ultimate slap in the face to black culture. I will not count off stares, glares, and eye rolls we get on the subway from white and black people alike, or waste my energy on our white gay acquaintances that reduce our interracial relationship to a wild Mandingo fantasy and a conversation about penis size.

Instead, let’s examine the simple, but surprisingly painful act of dining out.

One evening not so long into our courtship, my fiancé and I went to a hipster restaurant located in a progressive Brooklyn neighborhood for dinner. As we entered, the hostess, who was white, asked how many people were in our party, to which I replied, and proceeded to sit us at a table by the window where the waitress, who happened to be white, promptly handed me our menus and asked if we wanted a drink. After listing the specials and pointing out some exceptional bottles of wine, she stepped away to give us a minute to choose. When I looked up from the menu smiling I saw that my boyfriend was totally ticked. I was dumbfounded and asked what was wrong. My face fell as he sadly declared that „it“ was happening again. Unsure what „it“ was, he began to explain that the wait staff was completely ignoring his existence, just like in every other restaurant we had gone to before. I was jarred as I quickly learned that my point of view was truly one-sided, as what I was saw as polite service, he experienced as a fundamental and continual disrespect. After all, the questions asked and the specials listed were strictly addressed to me while he was not even acknowledged.

I confess that at first I was tempted to view his remarks as hyper-sensitivity and assign the behavior of the staff to the fact that I’m an out-going personality who naturally drew their attention, but I did not want to be dismissive to what was clearly a painful feeling that someone that I cared about was experiencing. Therefore, I did what I rarely had done up until this point in life and just shut up and listened. It was a watershed moment as I began to quietly observe the manner in which we both were treated and what I found forced me to examine my own long-held beliefs about racism.

Over the years, the startling consistency of the manner in which I am addressed while he is ignored has become a quasi joke between us. While we may be tempted to get up and scream when I am yet again automatically handed the check at the end of a meal, as my skin color must clearly imply that I am the paying member of our party, he would instantly be branded „angry black man“ and we would only feed into the stupidity that is so pervasive. Instead we find relief in humor and chuckle heartily when we recall one of the numbers in the Broadway musical Avenue Q. At one point during the show the characters burst into song declaring that „everyone’s a little bit racist.“ The truth of these lyrics have helped us to recognize that each person is the summation of their experiences and that often racism is subtle and unrecognized by the perpetrators, but that we all have a collective responsibility to continue to grow and that comes from treating others how we want to be treated and not being afraid to listen to each other.

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Here’s What Never To Say When Dating a Gay Black Man

What kind of lines do gay men of color really hear when they’re out at a bar?

Filmmaker Cameron Johnson set out to discover just that with his new short documentary, You’re Cute for a Black Guy. Johnson asked a group of black gay men to sit down and reveal what really happens when they start dating interracially. Their stories reveal the difficulties and frustrations of dating in an environment that often tokenizes and ignores them. 

And oftentimes, it’s the seemingly innocuous pickup lines that do the most damage.

One man in the video recounted the night he was approached and told, „Oh my gosh, I’ve totally never dated a black person before, but if I did, I’d totally get with you.“ 

Johnson remembered the time a man put his hand on his shoulder outside a club and said, „You know, Cameron, I’m really into mulatto guys.“ 

„You know what, I’m not really into ethnic guys,“ another participant once heard.

It’s this kind of exoticizing and tokenization that inspired Johnson to make the documentary. „The idea came to me on a whim. I’ve dated men of all colors, shapes and sizes, but it seemed that white men habitually said reckless, racist things to me as part of their approach,“ Johnson told Mic. When Johnson heard he wasn’t alone in this struggle, he decided to make a film expanding the conversation on racism in the gay community.

 One reason such pickup lines are so insidious is because they play on long-established stereotypes of the black gay community. „I guess the biggest stereotype is that black men are just penises with Timberlands attached, and that whatever we have to offer sexually is our only value,“ Johnson told Mic.

„For the black gay community, the self-imposed stereotype is that there’s only one way to be a gay black man. Online, I see so many demanding that their partners not have any trace of femininity … There’s so much more to being a man than fitting a narrowly enforced view of masculinity,“ Johnson explained. 

These stereotypes are reinforced by a society that’s increasingly embracing white gay men in pop culture, but still lacks representation of gay men of color, both in mainstream and erotic media. The experiences of the men in the video underscore how badly these representations are needed in the „real world.“

 Some of these stereotypes play out most obviously on online dating sites, where we often judge one another in nanoseconds based on a single photo. „I have never been one who has had a lot of luck with online dating apps. There seems to be a desire for that which isn’t me. So on the app, that looks like a lot of empty inboxes,“ one man in the documentary said.

Data from OkCupid in 2009 showed that gay black men received 20% fewer responses to messages than non-blacks. For white gay men on the site, 43% said they would strongly prefer to date someone of the same racial background as them. For black gay men, just 6% expressed such a preference. 

The statistics reveal that, despite a growing acceptance of interracial relationships, gay black men still face disadvantages. „On an individual level, a person can’t really control who turns them on — and almost everyone has a ‚type,‘ one way or another,“ Christian Rudder, an OkCupid founder behind 2009’s analysis, wrote. — that fact that race is a sexual factor for so many individuals, and in such a consistent way — says something about race’s role in our society.“

Indeed, what we call „types,“ ostensibly based on attraction alone, are often formed by stereotypes. As the Guardian pointed out in a video, „The data shows that people are systematically expressing preferences that echo the negative racial stereotypes that exist in society. So isn’t it worth at least asking how society might be shaping our individual preferences?“ 

Johnson hopes his work will raise awareness for anyone dealing with the pitfalls of interracial dating. Part of that, he said, will begin with his own self-acceptance to undo the damage years of dating stereotypes have brought on him.

„I want people to take away from this work that this is real, that it doesn’t ‚happen to everyone,'“ Johnson explained to Mic. 

„It’s probably happened to your black gay friend, the black girl at your office, your Latina friend, or the Asian girl you messaged on OkCupid. This is real. And it’s happening. And it sucks.“

What Men Want: African-American Men on Love, Dating and Marriage

In the “What Women Want”-part of our EBONY/QuestionProAfrican-American Women on Love, Dating Marriage, we took a deep dive into Black women’s current attitudes on love, dating, marriage and other issues.

But what about the guys? Could we expect the tropes of simplicityand predictability with regard to African-American males and the same subjects?Again, the results were surprising and complex. Welcome to 2019.

The study was a joint EBONY/QuestionPro research initiative conducted in February with approximately 700 subjects. Nearly 300 African-American males, whose numbers were spread evenly across educational and financial demographics, participated in the survey. Fifty-four percent of respondents have never been married, 31 percent are currently married and the remainder are either divorced, widowed or separated.

 Here is the currentrelationship status of unmarried Black men respondents:

·      In a committed relationship butliving apart:  20 percent     

Are Black men “always up for it” as the perennial trope seems tosuggest?  Data from the study indicates Blackmen are multidimensional and thoughtful as it relates to when it’s appropriateto first have sex when dating.

Here is the breakdown (and we’ve added female responses for acomparison):

1.     No hard, fast rule: 42 percent (47percent for women)

2.     Two or three dates: 21 percent (3percent for women)

3.     Once it’s known relationship will beexclusive: 14 percent (31 percent for women)

4.     First date: 9 percent (fewer than 1percent for women)

5.     Not until marriage: 8 percent (16percent for women)

Black women are more conservative than Black men, certainly, butmen are far from cavalier when it comes to first having sex in datingrelationships.

More than half of Black men (52 percent) surveyed want to marrytheir current partners, 38 percent indicate not being sure and only 11 percentsay they have no interest. This tells us African-American males aren’tnonchalant or wasting time in their dating explorations. (Fiftypercent have no problem dating withouta serious commitment; surprisingly, this figure is actually lower than the onefor Black women, which is 60 percent).

Further evidencing that Black men are not averse to commitment, 47percent state they have been with their current partners for five years or more,and only 11 percent say they haven’t made it past the six-month ’s more, 61 percent of respondents claim their sex lives with their currentpartners is without issues, while 65 percent say cheating is absent in theirrelationships.

Parallel to our research on women, physical networking is still tops when it comes to meeting potential mates. Twenty-two percent of Black men see friends as the primary way, and online dating comes in second at 17 percent.

After friends and the internet, here is where Black men findsomeone to date:

Here is the breakdown on where they actually met their current partnersor spouses:

6.     Church, mosque or other place ofworship: 5 percent

No Asians, no black people. Why do gay people tolerate blatant racism?

Most LGBT ethnic minorities say they’ve faced discrimination, and bigotry on dating sites is a throwback to the 50s. The LGBT community must address this

“I’m sexualised for my skin tone and never treated as a person,” Saif tells me. “The community is trained to accept a white, ‘masc’, muscled gay man and the rest of us are not really accepted or ‘one of their own’.” It’s not the individual he blames, but being conditioned by a community that venerates the “sexual image of a white gay man”. According to research by FS magazine, an astonishing 80% of black men, 79% of Asian men and 75% of south Asian men have experienced racism on the gay scene.

This manifests itself in numerous ways. Some are rejected because of their ethnicity; on the other hand, some are objectified because of it. On dating sites and apps, profiles abound that say “no Asians” or “no black people”, casually excluding entire ethnic groups. It’s like a “bastardised ‘No dogs, no blacks, no Irish’ signs”, as Anthony Lorenzo puts it.

“On apps like Grindr,” writes Matthew Rodriguez, “gay men brandish their racial dating preferences with all the same unapologetic bravado that straight men reserve for their favourite baseball team.”

Homi tells me he has Persian ancestry, and is “sometimes mistaken for being Greek, Italian, Spanish, etc”. Once, at a nightclub, he was relentlessly pursued by a fellow patron. Eventually, he was asked: “Where are you from?” When Homi answered India, the man was horrified. “I’m so sorry – I don’t do Indians! Indians are not my type.”

And it is not simply a western phenomenon. Luan, a Brazilian journalist, tells me his country has a “Eurocentric image of beauty” and there is a “cult of the white man, which is absurd, given more than half the population is black or brown”. Others speak of their experiences of being rejected by door staff at LGBT venues. Michel, a south Asian man, tells me of being turned away because “you don’t look gay”, and being called a “dirty Paki”. He says it has got worse since the Orlando nightclub massacre, where the gunman was Muslim.

And then there’s the other side of the equation: objectification. Malik tells about his experiences of what he describes as the near “fetishisation” of race. The rejection of people based on ethnicity is bad enough, he says, “but it can be just as gross when someone reduces you to your ethnicity, without consent, when dating/hooking up”. His Arab heritage was objectified and stereotyped by some would-be lovers, even down to presuming his sexual role.

When the Royal Vauxhall Tavern – a famed London LGBT venue – hosted a “blackface” drag act, Chardine Taylor-Stone launched the Stop Rainbow Racism campaign. The drag act featured “exaggerated neck rolling, finger snapping displays of ‘sassiness’, bad weaves” and other racial stereotypes, she says. After launching a petition against the event, she received threats of violence. “White LGBTQs who are truly against racism need to step up and take ownership of what is happening in their community,” she writes.

LGBT publications are guilty too. Historically, they’ve been dominated by white men, have neglected issues of race, and have portrayed white men as objects of beauty. Dean stopped buying mainstream gay magazines two years ago. “The only time they would write about people of colour is when they had done something homophobic,” he says. “The gay media is completely whitewashed.”

There has been positive change in recent months, one leading black gay journalist tells me, but only because of the work of ethnic minority LGBT individuals “holding magazines to account, setting up their own nights across the scene” and using social media, blogs, podcasts and boycotts to force change.

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. As Rodriguez puts it, seeing dating app profiles rejecting entire ethnic groups causes “internalised racism, decreased self-esteem and psychological distress.”

Many of the rights and freedoms that all LGBT people won were down to the struggles of black and minority ethnic people: at the Stonewall riots, for example, non-white protesters. The least that white LGBT people can do is to reciprocate and confront racism within their own ranks. Shangela, an actor, tells me that racism from the LGBT community “hurts more because it’s coming from people that I’m meant to share a kinship with”.

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. There are those who only talk about LGBT rights if it is to bash Muslims or migrants as a whole. American white nationalist websites now sell LGBT pride flags along with the Confederate flag. 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: far from it. 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.

‘No Black, no Asian’: Racism in the LGBTQ2 dating community

The phrase “I’m not really into Asians” is something common for Kyle to hear.

The bi man from Toronto, who did not share his full name, told Global News he was once told this by a man on a dating app.

“Racial abuse doesn’t have to be outlandishly brash to stick with you. Sometimes simple microaggression can cause a huge stir.”

He added for every 10 men he matched with on an app, one or two would make racist remarks.

“The thing with online dating match apps is racists filter out themselves by not matching me based on my appearance, so the ones I do match with that are racist/ignorant are either ones who struggle with internalized racism (they are POC themselves) or are very ignorant/fetishizing.”

Dating in the LGBTQ community in general isn’t easy, but when racism gets involved, it can be hard for some to find love or a casual hookup.

“I want to say that there are many great, kind, charming, loving people in the LGBTQA+ community and you can definitely find them through these online dating apps,” he said. “But in order for us to move forward as a community, discussions about racism need to be talked about and dealt with so that POC can feel empowered and not marginalized within their own community.”

Haran Vijayanathan, executive director at Alliance for South Asian AIDS Prevention (ASAAP), said there are various forms of discrimination online.

“Instead of politely declining an advance made, people are quite rude when they reject people,” he said. “When we hear the stories of our service users and their experiences, it is sometimes hard to stomach the blatant disregard for basic respectful treatment of individuals.

“There is a polite way to let people know you are not interested. Sometimes the levels people go to let people down is quite disturbing.”

ASAAP offers a one-on-support program that highlights racism in the dating world.

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6. Bumble 

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7. Scissr

Scissr is a great dating app for lesbian and queer women who want to network and connect with other members of the LGBTQ+ community. The app is designed for women, femmes, and non-binary folks who are looking to find friends, date, and discuss culture and relationships with other queer singles. The app’s design is sleek and user-friendly with free chat and image sharing features.

8. Jack’d

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9. Hinge

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Hinge calls itself the dating app that is meant to be deleted because it puts a heavy emphasis on serious relationships. Profiles are built on bold questions to quickly and effectively uncover personality quirks and offer conversation starters for matches. Hinge will ask you about your political affiliation and how you feel about legalizing weed and offers plenty of gender identification options as well.

10. Taimi

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Dating as a member of the LGBTQ+ community can be fun, enjoyable, and successful if you know how to navigate the apps. Before signing up and spending time creating a profile, here are some things to ask yourself about the queer dating site you’re interested in:

What Types of LGBTQ+ Dating Sites Are There?

There are a lot of niche dating apps out there, including those for the LGBTQ+ community. Which one you’ll choose all depends on what you’re hoping to gain from it. You can look for the most selective one out there to really tailor your dating experience, opt for a broader dating app and see what (or who) you find, or pick one with a specific intention (like hookups only, serious relationships, or casual situationships). Sometimes you can find an app that caters to all of these. In which case, you’ll need to specify your preferences on your profile page and/or when chatting with a potential date (more on this below). As with love and relationships, the choice is yours to make. 

How Much Does LGBTQ+ Dating Cost

Each LGBTQ+ dating app presents its own cost. Whereas some are entirely free, others are freemium, and the rest are totally paid. 

Free or freemium dating apps let you create an account and browse the network for potential matches. However, you’ll have to pay to unlock more, better features that might introduce you to the type of person or relationship you’re seeking. 

Subscription-based dating apps charge you a flat rate every month and grant you access to all available features. Monthly subscriptions generally start around $9/month and go up from there. You almost always get a discount for signing up for multiple months at once, too.

Other sites charge per action. Want to chat? 5 credits. Send a pic? 5 credits. Send a gift? You got it. 5 credits. You’ll buy credits in a bundle then they’ll subtract from your account whenever you take an action. This pricing structure can quickly get expensive so watch your spending while using these apps.

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Modern dating is complicated enough without having to explain your gender identity or sexual orientation. In addition to safety factors, this is why LGBTQ+ dating apps are so helpful. Whether you’re looking to find a good friend who views the world from a similar perspective as you, want a playful night with a stranger, or are searching for that special someone to spend the rest of your life with, queer dating apps make the entire process a lot smoother, easier, and more enjoyable for everyone. Check it out, and see who you might find!

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‘No Black, no Asian’

Speaking with Global News, a handful of gay men said phrases like “no Black, no Asian” are common on gay dating apps like Grindr. In 2018, the company launched an anti-racism campaign to tackle some of these messages of hate, the BBC reported. The site added it would ban anyone “bullying, threatening, or defaming another user.”

Jason Garcia, a gender non-binary person from Edmonton, said they often still see these phrases and others on apps like Grindr.

Garcia is part of the Latinx community said people of colour (POC) can become even further marginalized.

“As a POC, it feels certainly disheartening to know this is just a common, day-to-day experience putting yourself out there in an online format, especially within a community that already experiences a degree of marginalization.”

Experiences can be ‘dehumanizing’

Mahlon Evans-Sinclair is a 33-year-old from Toronto. The Black gay man has found success with online dating apps to find relationships, but says it wasn’t always an easy process to navigate.

“It’s frustrating, partly because in the game of trying to find a match, tapping on a profile and reading ‘not you’ because of one facet is like throwing the whole meal away because they put cilantro on it,” he said. “There’s still a whole meal there, so either put it to the side or try mix it in with the rest of the food.”

Evans-Sinclair, an inclusion, diversity and equity facilitator at Anima Leadership in Toronto, adds that on apps, some phrases people use to describe what they are looking for can be “dehumanizing.”

“Comments such as GWM (gay white male) seeking Rice Queen (East Asian) evokes not only dehumanizes, but also layers on an element of expected or assumed femininity in the person,” he continued.

“Similarly the one that would catch my eye most often talks about the want of a BBC (big black c—k) to in essence enact a level of violence onto a (typically) white body that would only be seen in pornography or fantasy.”

Daniel Mitchell, 24, of Toronto is Italian and Jamaican. In his experience, he believes Black gay men have the hardest time on dating apps.

“Black gay males are often times fetishized by other ethnicity.” As a mixed-race individual, he was once told he was hot for a Black man.

“Backhanded compliments like that are rooted in racism, and they cause the recipient to question their own self worth,” he said. “Gay dating apps have had a negative impact on my mental health. Nowadays, I try not to take things too seriously.”

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The study also found single Black men are hopeful as far asfinding companions: 86 percent say they are optimistic about being in arelationship; 56 percent are confident they will one day marry. Only 11 percentof participants state they are not optimistic about finding a companion, but 15percent believe they will never be married. By comparison, 26 percent of Black female respondents are not optimisticabout landing Mr. Right.

So do African-American males even want to get married? Apparently,they do:  50 percent agree/strongly agreethat marriage is important, whereas only 16 percent disagree/strongly disagreethat marriage is important.

Getting back to tropes, there is a famous (or infamous) one thatBlack men secretly want to cross the racial divide with regard to matrimonypossibilities. In our last article, we mentioned Spike Lee’s Jungle Fever as a representation of theinterracial dating challenges for both men and women. When it comes to Blackmen, though, the results are closer to the 2002 film Undercover Brother, wherein the protagonist, played by EddieGriffin, becomes a hero to his colleagues (including the paranoid DavidChappelle character) for being in a relationship with a White woman.

When it comes to being open to marrying a Caucasian, 50 percentagree/strongly agree,18 percent disagree/strongly disagree and 29 percent areneutral. As for marrying Asians, 46 percent agree/strongly agree; only 8 percentdisagree/strongly disagree;andone-third, 33 percent, are neutral.Fiftypercent of Black men agree/strongly agree with marrying a Hispanic, 18 percentdisagree/strongly disagree and 31 percent are neutral.

The crossing-the-racial-divide trope is dope, it seems, and Blackmen better keep this under their hats or many may end up sleeping on the couchor isolated with the boys at a bar. The numbers shift in the men’s responsesabout attraction to lighter-skinned individuals ; only 26 percent of respondents state they agree/strongly agree, 36percent disagree/strongly disagree and 34 percent are neutral.

How do men feel about LGBTQ issues? Ninety percent of studyrespondents state they are straight, and 16 percent of those claim they haveever been attracted to another man. Eleven percent say they have experienced asexual encounter with another man, and 15 percent agree/strongly agree that aman can have a homosexual encounter and not be classified as gay; 65 percentdisagree/strongly disagree that a man can remain straight after one homosexualencounter.

Sixteen percent state they discovered during a relationship theirpartner was a lesbian, transgender or bisexual.

When it comes to same-sex marriage, here is what African-Americanmales say about it being legal:

Do Black men believe a gay person can become straight? Forty-threepercent agree/strongly agree this is the case, 30 percent disagree/stronglydisagree. When it comes to trans people having a choice, 51 percentagree/strongly agree, and 25 percent disagree/strongly disagree.

It should be noted that, as with the study on Black women, thelower the income, the more conservative the attitude of African-American men.Millennials generally are far more liberal in their views of LGBTQrelationships. Overall, however, 51 percent of Black men say if celebs were tocome out as gay or bisexual, their opinions of those stars would remainunchanged.

What does this data tell us? It seems there is hope in all thesetropes, even as times and Black men’s societal views evolve. Perhaps in time,Black love will come to fully embody the LOVE described in Scripture: A Title:African-American Men on Love, Dating and Marriage