Move to tackle racism on the gay scene

Published: February 25, 2011

A new push to tackle racism on the gay scene is encouraging people to be “switched on” about discrimination.

Gay men’s health charity GMFA, which is leading the project, says discrimination inside the community will make it weaker.

Anecdotal evidence suggests that some black and ethnic minority gay people face prejudice on the gay scene.

A 2001, a Galop survey titled The Low Down found that 57 per cent of black and ethnic minority respondents said they had encountered racism from white LGBT people.

The project was developed by Big Up, the black gay men’s project at GMFA, which receives Big Lottery funding.

Jaime Sylla, project manager for Big Up, said: “These are big and historically complicated issues we’re dealing with. While we don’t expect to solve the problem of discrimination in one go, we hope this campaign provokes discussion and encourages everyone to recognise the benefits of ethnic diversity.

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