Michael Sam, 27, is finding out the hard way that racism exists within the gay community.
Sam, like other gay blacks who prefer dating only white men, are dismayed that they are snubbed by white men on dating websites.
Black gays are speaking out on social media about the rampant racism on the #1 gay dating app, Grindr.
There’s even a Tumblr page dedicated to exposing gay racism on Grindr.
Sam, who announced his homosexuality prior to the 2014 NFL draft, now claims he never realized racism existed in the gay community until after he came out.
“I will say this, since I came out, I did not realize how much racism there actually is in the gay community,” he told Attitude magazine.
“It’s terrible. People have told me I’m not gay enough, people have told me I’m not black enough. I don’t know what that means,” said Sam. “You want to be accepted by other people but you don’t even accept someone just because of the color of their skin? I just don’t understand that at all. How are you saying that, ‘oh, I want people to accept me because I’m gay but I don’t accept you because you’re black, or because you’re white or because you’re Asian’.”
Sam added: “There are a lot of people whose hearts are cold and that’s sad.”
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