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Naturally being of Asian descent, I’ve experienced some racism in my life. From subtle digs to a full-on physical altercation, I’ve seen my share of discrimination due to the color of my skin. For the most part, I don’t let racial slurs and comments, and for that matter, homophobic labels, bother me too much. I have pretty thick skin and let them roll off my back.

With the gay community already a minority, you’d think gay-on-gay hate wouldn’t exist, especially towards another minority. But it does and certainly when it comes to dating. It’s one thing to have a sexual preference, but there are ways to go about it without marginalizing an entire ethnic group. Even though I’m not on any dating apps, I’ve also seen racist behavior in this respect due to being part of an interracial couple. Everyone always naturally assumes, I’m the bottom. Not true, just in case you’re wondering 😉

Davey Wavey enlisted Todrick Hall, Ryan James Yezak and other online personalities to react to several racist profile messages. I often sometimes laugh and use humor to navigate through awkward situations. That’s probably the case in a couple of these instances in the clip below.

I hate to admit, I laughed at the comment, “I block more Asians than the Great Wall of China.” At least he’s being creative unlike that blatantly ignorant “Is there a block all black button?”

Check out the clip below and weigh in if you think if specifying race is simply dating preference of full-out racism.

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The infamous Sony email hack continues to ripple through Hollywood.

Jennifer Lawrence learned through one of those hacked emails that she was paid less than her male co-stars in American Hustle. Without a doubt, the 25-year-old Oscar winner should’ve raked in as much as Bradley Cooper, Jeremy Renner and Christian Bale, if not more.

The Hunger Games actress takes aim at Hollywood sexism, addressing gender pay inequality in a poignant essay. She even admits that being the highest paid actress isn’t the most relatable to your average working woman, but in the end it’s all about respect and Hollywood’s attitude towards women. Read below why she’s done trying to find an ‘adorable’ way to speak her mind.

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Typically, the hidden camera social experiments we’ve seen filmed abroad lately have shown appalling behavior. This recent one, however, shows the best in humanity.

The premise of the clip features an American gay couple on vacation in Spain. They approach strangers asking them to translate a letter given to them by the owner of the hotel they’re supposed to stay at. When the locals realize the letter is filled with anti-gay remarks and hateful comments, they become visibly upset. Some are even brought to tears. One is so incensed, he encourages the couple to show the letter to the police so that they can shut down the business.

The video was created by Spain’s State Federation of Lesbians, Gays, Transsexuals and Bisexuals. It’s aim is to encourage the public to “report homophobic, biphobic and transphobic threats, insults or attacks.” Watch the powerful clip below.

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Lady Gaga just dropped a powerful new ballad which she co-wrote with Diane Warren. “Til It Happens To You” is the main theme of the documentary The Hunting Ground. The film puts the spotlight on rape culture on college campuses in the United States. As a survivor of rape, the subject hits close to home for the 29-year-old singer.

The accompanying black and white music video, directed by Catherine Hardwicke (Twilight), contains graphic scenes of sexual harassment and assault. Nikki Reed plays one of four young female students who are all raped. A portion of proceeds from the sale of the song will be donated to organizations helping survivors of sexual assault. Check out the graphic clip below.

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Be sure you have a tissue handy before watching this clip. The tribute video preceding Caitlyn Jenner taking to the stage was beyond moving.

It began with Bruce’s early years then lead to his Olympic moments before ending with Caitlyn’s introduction and becoming a voice for the transgender community. Jon Hamm narrated the package.

The 65-year-old former Olympian took to the stage to accept the Arthur Ashe Courage Award after being introduced by US soccer player Abby Wambach. Caitlyn looked stunning in a form-fitting white Versace wrap dress.

She used the platform to further advocate for transgender rights, thank her family and give shout outs to those who preceded her in this transgender journey including Chaz Bono, Laverne Cox and Janet Mock. Watch below her moving speech at the 2015 ESPYs which begins roughly at the 16:00 mark.

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Two years after lifting the ban on gay boys to become scouts, the Boys Scouts Of America’s (BSA) 17-member executive committee unanimously approved a resolution to end the organization’s ban on openly-gay adults working as leaders. The 80-member National Executive Board will meet to ratify this resolution on Monday, July 27.

What does this all mean? It’ll prohibit regional governing councils or non-Troop entities such as boy scouts camps from discriminating against employees and volunteers based on their sexual orientation. It also allows for previously removed leaders to reapply for their positions.

While this is a great step forward, it’s still not perfect. Read below to find out why.

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After watching this clip, it’s evident that playing a game of Russian Roulette is safer than walking on the streets of Moscow, holding hands with another man.

In the wake of the US Supreme Court’s landmark decision regarding marriage equality, two Russian men decided to show the world, the hostile climate the LGBT community still faces in other parts of the world. Followed by a man with a hidden camera, the reactions of Russian citizens are captured for this frightening social experiment.

I wasn’t surprised by the barrage of insults and stanky looks the men received, but I was shocked at a couple of confrontations that were physical. Watch the video below for a sobering reminder that extreme homophobia is very prevalent abroad.

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MTV takes a break from exploiting Teen Moms, binge-drinking Real World‘ers and virgins to focus on a more serious topic.

Whether it’s white guilt or white privilege, White People explores caucasians talking about their ‘whiteness.’ The documentary is spearheaded by Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas.

White People premieres on July 22 on the network. It follows five young white people around the country, getting their thoughts on the sensitive topic of race-relations. Check out the first trailer below. Uncomfortable doesn’t even begin to describe it.

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