1st Edition

Global LGBTQ Activism Social Media, Digital Technologies, and Protest Mechanisms

Edited By Paromita Pain Copyright 2024
    456 Pages 7 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    456 Pages 7 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Focused on understanding and analyzing LGBTQ activism and protest globally, this edited collection brings together voices from different parts of the world to examine LGBTQ protests and their impact.

    Through the lens of media, culture, and sociopolitical structures, this collection highlights how cultural and technical factors like the emergence of social media and other digital platforms have impacted LGBTQ activism. This book draws on studies from countries as varied as Zimbabwe, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Hungary, Morocco, China, and the US. The contributions provide important insight into how social media and digital platforms have provided space for self-expression and protest and encouraged advocacy and empowerment for LGBTQ movements. It also examines the diversity and similarities between different national contexts and the various obstacles faced, while spotlighting countries that are traditionally understudied in Western academia, in an important step toward decolonizing research. Each chapter, through the voices of activists and media scholars, moves beyond an oversimplified examination of queer protests to show, in rich detail, the exciting yet complicated terrain of queer protests throughout the globe.

    This book is suitable for media, communication, and cultural studies students; researchers; academics; and LGBTQ activists, as well as students and scholars from related academic disciplines.

      1. LGBTIQ+ causes and connective action: actors, issues, support, and frames in online petitions: Adolfo Carratalá  2. The Voice of the Voiceless: Queerphobic Statism and Queer Youth Advocacy in China: Yidong Wang  3. Western funding and its consequences for the Ugandan LGBT+ rights struggle – negotiating community dynamics and activism during Pride 2022: Cecilia Strand & Jakob Svensson  4. Orientalist Narratives and Subversive Activism in the Lead-Up to the 2022 World Cup: Christina M. Paschyn  5. Genealogy of the homosexual pejorative: Ragan Fox  6. Western influences, eastern realities: LGBTQ activism in Hungary: Hanna Dorottya Szabó and Éva Gáti  7. #Queer_Revolution_Morocco: A Disoriented Moroccan (Counter-)Archive from The Eyes of Its Queers: Hatim Rachdi  8. Pakikipagkapwa in the LGBTQIA+ movement for the enactment of the SOGIE Equality Bill: Jonalou S.J. Labor and Ma. Rosel S. San Pascual  9. We Don’t Talk About Homos: Queer Activism and the Fight to Make #DisneySayGay: Jennessa Hester  10. The LGBTQ activist on social media: Analyzing LGBTQ activism online in India and Taiwan: Paromita Pain and Victoria Y Chen  11. LGBTQ activism to counter "Don’t Say Gay," trans athlete bans and other attacks on affirming education in US public schools: Laura Finley  12. Disrupting the simulacrum of normalcy: queer online activism and protest in Thailand: Nuntiya Doungphummes, Narongdej Phanthaphoommee and Mark Vicars  13. A Multi-Families Album: Politics of Visibility of an Argentinean LGBTQ+ Family Association: Maximiliano Marentes  14. Navigating Legal and Cultural Challenges: An analysis of Turkish LGBTQ activism on social media: Mustafa Oz  15. African Queer Performances on social media as protest: The case of Zimbabwean TikTokers: Princess A Sibanda and Gibson Ncube  16. Bi the Way, We Exist!: Exploring Bisexual Affinities and Identity Performance on TikTok’s Affective Archives: Samantha K. McEwan  17. Spiral of Silence: LGBTQ Struggles in Bangladesh: Shabnam Azim and Humaira Bilkis  18. A Jihad for Love: Narrative of Homosexuality, Islam, and Resistance: Nur E. Makbul  19. From Consumption to Creation: #Luimelia as Digital Activism: Elena Bonmati Gonzalvez and Kyle Cheesewright  20. Pulling the plug on Dr. Laura: Combining the conventional and unconventional in LGBTQ+ community protest: Bruce E. Drushel  21. Bible Belt Queers: Zines as both Placemaking and Protest: Jill Fredenburg  22. Queer Times, Queer Platforms: Club Quarantine and the Staging of Digital Protest: Jamil Fiorino-Habib  23. Queer Activism and empowerment on social media: A study based on Northern Province, Sri Lanka: Anutharsi Gabilan


      Paromita Pain is Associate Professor of Global Media Studies at the Reynolds School of Journalism, University of Nevada, Reno. Her research focuses on alternate media and global journalism practices from feminist and LGBTQ perspectives. She has a particular interest in international communication and newsroom norms. She has researched journalism and news practices and LGBTQ activism in India, Taiwan, the US, and Latin America. She is the editor of LGBTQ Digital Cultures: A Global Perspective (2022).

      "This extensive cross-cultural examination of the global struggle for LGBTQ+ rights illustrates the distinctive complexities that each nation’s political, cultural, and media context provides. Many of the countries addressed in this collection have not received much western scholarly attention, which makes this edited book even more valuable for scholars and activists who seek to understand the roadblocks that continue to hinder the push for universal LGBTQ+ rights and recognition." Rhonda Gibson, Professor, UNC Hussman School of Journalism and Media, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

      "This is a profound and global exploration of LGBTQIA+ activism that braids together a volume of perspectives to illustrate the unique complexities of activism across countries and cultures while amplifying the work of many activists, scholars, and allies. Such a collection can transform how LGBTQIA+ activism is represented, acknowledged, and experienced while also providing pathways for strengthening human rights around the world." Avery E. Holton, Chair of the Department of Communication, Student Media Advisor and Co-Research Coordinator, Center for Excellence in ELSI Research (CEER), University of Utah

      "This is an essential volume on the transformative role of queer activism online that is direly needed at this particular moment when LGBTQ+ rights are under imminent threat. This work is strengthened by its global approach that provides a synthesis of activism across the world, including in countries often neglected in academic work." Gina M. Masullo, Associate Professor, School of Journalism and Media, Associate Director, Center for Media Engagement, The University of Texas at Austin

      "This volume is an important collection focusing on LGBTQ protest mechanisms and advocacy from around the world. With chapters on Queer youth advocacy in China and Moroccan queerness to LGBTQ+ families in Argentina and a digital rave space founded in Toronto and more, this text brings new and critical insights about how activists are navigating these spaces through traditional and digital media." Laura Castañeda, Professor of Professional Practice, USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism.

      "Finally, a collection of strong voices focused on LGBTQ activism internationally. As I travel around the world and hear struggles from young people, I hope to point to this collection to embolden them and help find ways for more equitable solutions. It is beautifully written with diverse voices and perspectives. It provides insight into ways we can all work together to make a real difference." Todd Felts, Associate Professor, The Reynolds School, University of Nevada, Reno, International Leadership Trainer

      "This is an important collection in response to a time when LGBTQ people’s mere existence is being criminalized around the globe (e.g., undercutting trans folks’ access to health care and sports, "Don’t Say Gay" bills, banning drag performance, etc.). Through the transnational and intersectional lenses, this book generates extensive original knowledge and in-depth analyses on how different stakeholders approach LGBTQ activism in various global and regional political contexts as well as the digital sphere. It is an invaluable resource for researchers, activists, advocates, media practitioners, educators, and beyond." Minjie Li, Assistant Professor, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

      "This volume is indispensable reading for anyone interested in the rapidly changing practices of LGBTQ+ activism in the digital era. Taken together, the chapters provide a truly global insight into how digital and social media platforms facilitate new forms of advocacy and action, shaped by global, national and local political contexts. Drawing on a diverse range of cases and methodological approaches, the volume makes a significant contribution to advancing knowledge beyond dominant Anglo-American contexts." Karin Wahl-Jorgensen, Professor, School of Journalism, Media and Culture, and University Dean of Research Environment and Culture, Cardiff University, UK