The medical student faced with racism on Grindr

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Dustin Mangatjay McGregor, who is part Yolngu, part Greek had received a lot of slur bon the popular gay dating app. He has shown the screenshots of the hateful massages he received on his social network account.

Dustin says that he and his friends were shocked that he, a light-skinned young man could become a victim of racism. McGregor grew up on Milingimbi, an island off the coast of Arnhem Land in Northern Australia. He moved to Darwin when he was a teenager and currently lives in Adelaide. He describes that the gay community has a certain race-based hierarchy:‘The white, attractive male is at the top of this pyramid and they command the attention, the power.‘Asian and Aboriginal men are usually at, or come close to, the bottom.’

Speaking up for Aboriginal people, McGregor asserts that that racism in this day and age is totally unacceptable:‘I’d like to say [it] surprises me in this day and age that so many negative stereotypes exist regarding Aboriginal people, but it’s something I’ve grown up with. I remember when I moved to Darwin and students in my class, who were barely 13 years old, were making offensive racial remarks about Aboriginal people. In my experience, people need to be taught from a young age that racism isn’t acceptable.’

Lastly, McGregor hopes that his posts would raise awareness to the reality that racism is still ‘well and truly alive,’ and that we as an already marginalised community need to continue to combat it. ‘From my experience people that are looking from the outside see the gay community as one “big happy family.” When in reality that’s not necessarily the case. It’s disappointing, as you might think that an oppressed group would help lift other marginalised people, yet here we are beating each other down.’

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