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LGBT Identity and Online New Media

ISBN 9780415998673
Published April 14, 2010 by Routledge
328 Pages

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents


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, 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

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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.