1st Edition

LGBT Identity and Online New Media

Edited By Christopher Pullen, Margaret Cooper Copyright 2010
    328 Pages
    by Routledge

    326 Pages
    by Routledge

    LGBT Identity and Online New Media examines constructions of LGBT identity within new media. The contributors consider the effects, issues, influences, benefits and disadvantages of these new media phenomena with respect to the construction of LGBT identities. A wide range of mainstream and independent new media are analyzed, including MySpace, Facebook, YouTube, gay men’s health websites, message boards, and Craigslist ads, among others. This is a pioneering interdisciplinary collection that is essential reading for anyone interested in the intersections of gender, sexuality, and technology.


    Introduction, Christopher Pullen

    Part I: Active Youth

    1.The Murder of Lawrence King and LGBT Online Stimulations of Narrative Copresence, Christopher Pullen

    2."A YouTube of One’s Own?": "Coming Out" Videos as Rhetorical Action Jonathan Alexander & Elizabeth Losh

    3.YouTube Courtship: The Private Ins and Public Outs of Chris and Nickas, Damon Lindler Lazzara

    4.Virtually Supportive: Self-Disclosure Of Minority Sexualities Through Online Social Networking Sites, Bruce E. Drushel

    Part II: Commodity Networks


    5.Lesbians Who Are Married to Men: Identity, Collective Stories and the Internet Online Community, Margaret Cooper

    6. A Very Personal World: Advertisement and Identity of Trans-persons on Craigslist, Daniel Farr

    7.The Facebook Revolution: LGBT Identity and Activism, Margaret Cooper & Kristina Dzara

    8. PlanetOut and the Dichotomies of Queer Media Conglomeration, Ben Aslinger

    9.Commercial Closet Association: LGBT identities in mainstream advertising, Ian Davies

    Part III: Fan Cultures

    10: Queering Brad Pitt: The Struggle Between Gay Fans and the Hollywood Machine to Control Star Discourse and Image on the Web, Ronald Gregg

    11: Internet Fandom, Queer Discourse and Identities, Rosalind Hanmer

    12: Transconversations: New Media, Community and Identity, Monica Edwards

    13: Out and About: Slash Fic, Re-imagined Texts and Queer Commentaries, Richard Berger

    14: Identity Unmoored: Yaoi in the West, Mark McHarry

    Part IV: Body Discourses 

    15:Look at me! Images, Validation and Cultural Currency on Gaydar, Sharif Mowlabocus

    16: Gay Men’s Use of Online Pictures in Fat-Affirming Groups, Jason Whitesel

    17: "Compartmentalize Your Life" Advising Army Men on RealJock.com, Noah Tsika

    18: "Stephanie is Wired: who shall turn him on?", Trudy Barber

    19: Health Information, STDs, and the Internet: Implications for Gay Men, Joseph Clift


    20:The Demise of the Gay Enclave, Communication Infrastructure Theory, and the Reconstitution of Gay Public Space, Nikki Usher & Eleanor Morrison

    21: From Websites to Wal-Mart: Youth, Identity Work, and the Queering of Boundary Publics in Small Town, USA, Mary L. Gray


    Christopher Pullen is Senior Lecturer in Media Studies at Bournemouth University, UK. He has widely published in the area sexuality and contemporary media, and is the author of Documenting Gay Men: Identity and Performance in Reality Television and Documentary Film (2007), and Gay Identity, New Storytelling and the Media (2009).

    Margaret Cooper is a sociologist at Southern Illinois University. Her work on gender identity has been internationally published in journals, textbooks, and various collections.  In addition, she is a former recipient of the Humanitarian of the Year Award in Nashville, Tennessee.