Last month, it was revealed that the English Defence League has 115 gay members – despite their extreme, far-right approach. Here, Peter Lloyd talks to three men, all of different ethnicity, and asks: is the gay scene racist? And if not, why do our peers feel the need to take a hard line?
Last month, results of a PinkPaper.com poll claimed Britain’s gay scene is racist – yet the online ballot split opinion almost evenly.
But he is not alone. For Rob Berkeley, director of Runnymede Trust – the UK’s leading independent race equality think tank – his truth is also based on plenty of evidence.
“My first visit to a gay club introduced me to racism on the scene,” he told us. “At the tender age of 19 I was asked to ‘prove that I was gay’. When I asked why, they said I didn’t look the type and that they ‘get a lot of drug dealers in here’. People report to me that very little appears to have changed.”
For readers of The Guardian, this may be less of a surprise. Last month, they revealed that the English Defence League – a far-right, single-issue political party – has more than 100 homosexual members.