In Atlanta, you don’t see see many “NEG 4 NEG” or “NEG ONLY” Grindr profiles, at least not in midtown. The queer community here lives in the backyard of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and is generally well-educated on HIV, PrEP, and the dangers of pozphobia. The city is a comfortable spot of blue (and a bright swatch of rainbow) in the middle of a red, red state.
Georgia again went full-on Republican on that miserable Electoral College map November 8. Before that night, I told myself I would never write statements of blanket refusal to a certain demographic on my Scruff or Grindr profile — I’ve been hurt in the past by “NEG 4 NEG” guys who turned me down without a second thought because of my HIV status. Before that night, I dismissed guys with “Whites Only,” “No Asians,” and “No Blacks” on their profiles. I dismissed them as a shrinking minority populace with no political clout. I assumed they were “gay bros” who didn’t vote and didn’t know the first thing about politics. I imagined they spent their weekends drinking vodka sodas and having sad vanilla sex with other “MASC ONLY” gay bros, playing video games, and talking about how much they hate vaginas.
I was wrong. Many of them did vote. And they voted for Donald Trump. After November 8, I wrote my first-ever blanket refusal: No Republicans. If you voted for Trump, block me.
Here are my 10 reasons why.