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Drag Star Courtney Act Admits To Sexual Racism On Dating Apps, And She Changed Her Behavior As A Result

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Celebrity Big Brother winner and drag queen Courtney Act admitted she had sexual racism in a series of tweets on Wednesday.

The 36-year-old Australian, whose real name is Shane Jenek, revealed that where she grew up influenced her preference for dating white men due to a lack of social examples where ethnic men were seen as desirable.


Act was born in Brisbane, Australia, and moved to Sydney at 18-years-old.

"It makes sense that I have socialised racisms when it comes to my sexual preference," she wrote in her first of five tweets.

"[w]hich is why I have had to consciously unpack those over the years."



The former RuPaul's Drag Race contestant referred to her attraction towards white males as being a type of "unconscious preference" but later realized it was an "unconscious bias."

"Now as a white gay of a certain age I realise I grew up in a society that taught me to be racist."


Once she was able to examine her past prejudicial tendencies, Act realized she was attracted to "people irrespective of their skin colour" and was able to look at dating apps in a new light.


She explained that she relied on her "bodily sense" as an exercise to gauge just how many people she thought were attractive and was surprised with the results.

She ended her thread on an encouraging note. "If you think being deliberate is somehow racist, we are bombarded with images of white beauty our whole lives, I think making a deliberate effort to breakthrough that noise is just due diligence."


She also included a link to a video of LGBT+ activist Alexander Leon talking about sexual racism, who describes preference as a "learned value or belief cultivated over a lifetime" influenced by the community they came from. It's an intellectual discussion without being didactic worth checking out.


People shared their thoughts on the subject, with some admitting to their predilection for sexual racism.




But Coco Iman also pointed out that there are those who play dumb after being called out.


Being white and lacking experience in the discussion, this person felt like it wasn't his conversation to have. But he remains true to himself by being honest and respecting others.


But instead of taking a passive approach, Coco encouraged him to speak out when the opportunity presents itself.


Others came forward, further acknowledging the issue.




Many admired Act for bringing the topic to the forefront.




Grindr is doing their part in tackling the issues of sexual racism, transphobia, and fat-shaming with a new initiative called, "Kindr."

The hookup app aims to enforce stricter community guidelines and raise awareness through a series of videos, according to Qnews.




H/T - PinkNews, Twitter, Qnews

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