Matthew* — a black, 29-year-old Los Angeles resident — said he remembers a striking moment of racism while browsing Grindr one night. Nadal is the executive director of the Center for LGBTQ Studies at City University of New York's Graduate Center. "He eventually said that he had a fantasy of having his white boi pussy raped by a big-dicked nigger," Matthew told Mic in an email.
Due to the influence of Hollywood and Western culture in general, things are changing in Filipino cities. Nadal said people of color tend to be exoticized or viewed as less attractive due to long-held portrayals painting people of color as inferior and white people as ideal in terms of attractiveness.Even attention intended to be positive but based on assumed racial traits can be harmful, according to Nadal.Nadal has published several works on microaggressions, which are subtle forms of bias or discrimination that, while often well intentioned, can be taken in hurtful or offensive ways by those who experience them."People who make it a point to state that they have racial preferences, they need to examine some of the biases they have that lead to what they call those preferences," Nadal told Mic.