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I look forward to hearing your thoughts, but anything offensive or hateful will be deleted. If I asked you to describe what an Asian woman looks like, what would you say? Words that would come to mind for me right away would be: small and petite. We all know that being overweight can make you feel like the odd-girl out, but if people look at you and assume that you should be thin because of your background, it can make that feeling more intense. I thought bringing her into the conversation would be a good way to hear from a PSP who understands more than I ever could! I was just another fat kid, if that makes sense.

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The notification dinged, and the pink caricature flashed for a moment before disappearing. Into Twinks.

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He had made sure I got his message before he blocked me. Fat gay Asian men exist in a different world to their slim, pale, and muscular counterparts.

Was it me? Was it my ridiculous Hollywood expectations? Was Kasey Chambers right?

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Am I Not Pretty Enough? It was a hard pill to swallow realising that in order to be liked, I needed to be fetishised. What did my personality matter when I had to be smooth and submissive and exotically oriental? The queer boys I saw in the movies were thin teenagers finding love in Tuscan country-sides. They were pretty suburban white boys having their first kisses on ferris wheels.

I completed this erasure by erasing myself.

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I spent my teens constantly numb and light-headed skipping meals to try to fit into the impossible body beautiful ideals celebrated in queer culture. I watched my straight friends couple up throughout high-school. It reminded me of all those Anne Hathaway-esque rom coms from the mids. The ones where the cute small-town journalist with big city dreams finds that her ificant other her goofy yet wise best friend was by her side all along.

I would never know what it felt like to be on the other side - to be loved and partnered.

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I would have killed to feel a fraction of how they felt. I would get excited when my high school crushes would talk to me - even if it was just asking whether my female friend was single or not. Someone from church once told me I looked like Humpty Dumpty - large and round up top, but with skinny legs. My slender legs were passed down to me from my Mum, and I love them still, but it got me thinking.

What other comparisons were being made about me? The teasing never fazed me but I think I internalised more than I thought. Is it my responsibility to change?

Should I fight the status quo? Or does inclusion and diversity only matter in this world when it can make somebody money? The gay zeitgeist has been thin and white for such a long time that the thought of challenging it weighs me down more than the two family sized pizzas I just demolished. Beige male torsos occupy queers spaces both online and offline. Pale faces lead our movements.

Slim celebrity allies are put on pedestals. So where do I fit? Body acceptance has acquired currency in feminist circles, but the gay community still has a long way to go in embracing plus size and poc bodies as desirable.

I want this to be a conversation starter. I want this to shatter the illusion that the queer community is one big connected group as opposed to a diverse collective. You can follow Mark on Twitter markusmuch. I'm queer and so is my sister, which makes us 'queerblings' Dating can be somewhat awkward at times as we can both be on the same queer dating apps.

Finding the right sperm donor for our family Being South Asian is such a big part of my identity and has shaped so much about me that having that in common with my kids was something I really wanted.

How my gay wedding finally allowed me to be myself The love that I found with Laz and the public acknowledgement of our relationship has helped me finally leave the psychological room I had constructed for myself.

Should I have come out to my Indian grandmother? My dadi passed away not knowing who I was and I still regret it. out. Mark Mariano Supplied Source: Supplied. Next Show Grid. Next Hide Grid.

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Dating can be somewhat awkward at times as we can both be on the same queer dating apps. Being South Asian is such a big part of my identity and has shaped so much about me that having that in common with my kids was something I really wanted. The love that I found with Laz and the public acknowledgement of our relationship has helped me finally leave the psychological room I had constructed for myself.

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