J & C
We all talk about it and we all root for it. But do we see it often? This video called my attention, one, because INTO I believe was that effort of Grindr to get more 'inclusive' after the 'no fats, no fems, no asians' flap. And two, I thought it had disappeared? Or was that THEM?
But anyway, to the point of representation: we need more of it. Take the case of Joaquin and Cristhian. Starting with the way they identify themselves to the way they look, I think they pretty much cover several bases. Out, proud, Latinx men are good to find. Actually finding out and proud men of color is always a plus.
In gay media in America, we tend to find mostly white, cisgender men represented and men of color usually do not appear up and front. Oh, even the main porn studios have their 'Noir' or 'BiLatinMen' sections, but they're very niche. Whiteness is perceived as the ultimate prize and it tends to occupy the imagination of queer men of color by default. Men with taut bodies, wide shoulders, flat stomachs and most importantly, white, have become the ideal to achieve or desire.
Watching and listening to men of color describe themselves and their lives while not striving for that ideal that seems entrenched in gay culture is quite refreshing. In Grindr, Tumblr, in gay bars, in gyms, white men seem to dominate the culture. I think we need more representation of *other* types of bodies and *other* backgrounds. And here's my little contribution.
Now tell me that Joaquin and Cristhian are not absolutely adorable together.