Sulaimon Giwa’s aptly named Racism and Gay Men of Color arrives at a time when many of the sociocultural issues it raises have come to national attention. Yet gay men of color in Canadian GLBT communities are still subject to racism and excluded, both online and offline. If a gay man of color is not the “right” color, he is often the recipient of stereotypical racial epithets and denied sexual approbation within an erotic world where sexual desires are structured along the lines of race, ethnicity, age, disability, and class. Giwa warns against the denial that underlies much of this monolithic racism and highlights the strategies used by gay men of color to counter racism in their communities and to lead strong, effective lives. This important book will inspire advocates and activists, students and scholars, and will become indispensable in university and college courses on sexuality and race studies.
Sulaimon Giwa is assistant professor and associate dean of undergraduate programs insocial work at Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador and endowed chair in criminology and criminal justice at St. Thomas University.
Foreword by C. Winter Han
Chapter 1:Contextual and Conceptual Foundations of Racism in Gay Men’s Communities: The Racism-Health-Coping Connection
Chapter 2:Excavating Racism in Gay Men’s Communities
Chapter 3:Sociospatial Contexts of Racism in Gay Men’s Communities in Ottawa
Chapter 4:Causes and Factors Contributing to Racism in Gay Men’s Communities in Ottawa
Chapter 5:Coping Strategies for Confronting Racism in Gay Men’s Communities in Ottawa
Chapter 6:Coping Strategies: What Works and Does Not Work for Gay Men of Color?
Chapter 7:Weaving the Tales: Bringing It All Together
Conclusion: Addressing Racism in Gay Men’s Communities: A Call to Action
Gay men of color often encounter double discrimination based on their sexuality and ethnicity. Giwa, who is gay, explores the latter in this account of racist interactions within Ottawa’s gay community. Based on the author's PhD dissertation, the book offers extensive commentary on the academic literatures regarding racism, homosexuality, and coping mechanisms. Giwa also draws on focus group interviews with 13 men of African, South and East Asian, and Arab backgrounds, although no Indigenous Canadians are included. Despite the pride Canadians take in their national congeniality and tolerance, Ottawa seems a hotbed of gay men who, consciously or not, subscribe to white supremacy. Most of Giwa’s subjects deal with such microaggressions as being ignored in bars and online dating platforms and feeling invisible in gay media, service organizations, and with white men whose stereotypes erase their individuality. Recommended. Graduate students, faculty, and professionals.
Racism and Gay Men of Color examines the complexities and everyday experiences of racism. Thoughtfully written, and grounded in a range of critical theories, minority stress syndrome is utilized to highlight coping responses to racism in the dominant white gay and same gender loving communities, making the text a superb and timely contribution. This book illuminates an understanding of structural and systemic racism from which analysis of social action and social changes are brought into view. Sulaimon Giwa pushes the boundaries of critical theories of race, sexuality, and wellbeing.
Racism and Gay Men of Color is a “complete” book, in the sense that it draws on the author’s own experiences, it is based on a thorough theoretical framework, provides rich empirical data and advocates for social justice. Sulaimon Giwa goes beyond the dominance of the HIV/AIDS debate in relation to gay men of colour, providing an important contribution to the literature on coping strategies against racism and discrimination, including its online versions. This book will be of interest to scholars, students and practitioners from different areas who work on the intersection between race and sexual orientation. Racism and Gay Men of Color will also be of interest to a broader audience and should be read particularly by White gay men in order to start questioning some of their privileges within the GLTB community.