This video shows why we need to talk about racism in the LGBTQ community

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Racism is alive and well in the U.S. — you just need to look at some of Republican nominee Donald Trump's rallies to see that — but it's important to remember that racism isn't just a problem among old, straight white men, and being gay doesn't absolve you of racism. In fact, as Mic's own Gabe Gonzalez explained in a video on Tuesday, racism is a major problem in the gay community.

Whether it's whitewashing LGBTQ history to exclude the trans women of color who helped shape it ...

People of color built the LGBTQ rights movement.
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Or the dudes on dating apps who insist that having "no Asians" in their bios is just a matter of "preference" and can't possibly be racist.

That's not a preference, that's racist.
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As Gonzalez explains, caring about equality when it comes to marriage and not when it comes to black people getting shot by police is pretty hypocritical — and, if we're going to tell LGBTQ youth of color that "it gets better," we need to speak openly about racism in the gay community.

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Anna Swartz

Anna is a staff writer for Mic covering breaking news. She can be reached at aswartz@mic.com.

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