Emphasizing an intersectional and transnational approach, this collection examines how social media and digital technologies have impacted the sphere of LGBTQ activism, advocacy, education, empowerment, identity, protest, and self-expression.
This edited collection adopts a critical and cultural studies perspective to examine queer cyberculture and presence. Through the lens of representation and identity politics, it explores topics such as race, disability, and colonialism, alongside sexuality and gender. The collection examines how digital technologies have made queer cultural production more expansive and how such technological affordances and platforms have enabled queer cultural practices to be more transformational. Bringing together contributors and case studies from different countries, the contributions grapple with the tensions that arise when visibility, hiddenness, renditions of the self, and collective contractions of identity must be negotiated in a variety of global contexts and explores this influence on contemporary political identities.
This book provides an essential introduction to LGBTQ digital cultures for students, researchers, and scholars of media, communication, and cultural studies. It will also be of interest to activists wanting to learn more about the transformative potential of digital media and technology in LGBTQ advocacy and empowerment around the globe.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Digital media as sites of resistance, activism, and communication
1. Queer Cuarentena and “Mandinga Times”: Rita Indiana, Caribbean Artivism, and LGBTQ+ Social Media Spheres During COVID-19: Ruthie Meadows
2. Online Discourse Framing of LGBTQIA+ Student Activism in the Philippines: Jonalou S. Labor and Ma. Rosel S. San Pascual
3. Take a Look Inside: Exploring Closets as Fingerprints of the Queer Community: Pooja (Jo) Krishnakumar
4. “NOT ALL BLACK GUYS ARE TOPS”: Pushing back against racist sexual stereotypes surrounding the Black male body on gay dating apps. Roy Celaire
5. Alighting on the Digital: Trans Migrant Testimonios: Lydia Huerta Moreno
6. Examining the Iranian LGBTQ Counterpublics on Instagram: Niloofar Hooman
7. Negotiating the Non-negotiable: Debating transgender issues on Chinese social media: Songyin Liu
8. Queer Marketing, Who Is It Really For? Identifying a Strategy for Authentic Approaches to LGBTQ+ Branded Messages: Becky Parsons and Mildred F. Perreault
9. New Channels in Trans Activism: Lubunya Digital Cultures in Turkey: Esra Ozban
10. Queering the Social: Facebook groups and the Indian Queer Counterpublic: Sreyoshi Dey
11. Theorizing Cultures of Oversharing on TikTok: Kailyn Slater
12. Her Phallic Sword: Hypersexual Cyberqueer Activism on Social Media Platforms: Matthew Hester
13. Feminists against Same-Sex Marriage: Queer counterpublics in a contested digital space: Yidong (Steven) Wang
14. #Shadowbanned: Queer, Trans, and Disabled Creator Responses to Algorithmic Oppression on TikTok: Jessica Sage Rauchberg
15. Bangladesh's Invisible Cyberqueers: Self-image, identity management, and erotic expressions on Grindr: Nur E Makbul and Md. Ashraful Goni
16. How Queer is Sex Education? Analyzing its Non-Normative Gender Identities and Forbidden Fantasies: Lucia Gloria Vázquez-Rodriguez, Francisco A. Zurian and Francisco José García-Ramos.
17. LGBTQ2S Across Canada: CBC YouTube Discourse: matthew heinz
18. Not a Phase (Nor for Your Gaze): Resistive Audiovisual Aesthetics and Practices in Cyberqueer Spaces: Samantha McEwan
Paromita Pain is Assistant Professor of Global Media and Affiliate Faculty of the Cybersecurity Center at the 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 USA, and Latin America.
"With chapters employing theoretical frameworks and methodological approaches from across the humanities and social sciences, and excavating the cultural particularities of a dozen countries, this volume offers a rich exploration of the powers and limits of digital media for queer world-making from a global perspective. This book will be an essential resource for students and scholars of LGBTQ media and culture alike."
Thomas J Billard, Assistant Professor of Communication Studies at Northwestern University and Executive Director of the Center for Applied Transgender Studies, USA
"An important collection that theoretically and methodologically expands the current states of both LGBTQ Studies and Media and Communication Studies. It explicitly examines intersections among LGBTQ, digital media, and cultures. Most importantly, the chapters included take cutting-edge approaches to study contemporary issues and concerns in and across LGBTQ digital cultures."
Shinsuke Eguchi, Associate Professor of Communication, University of New Mexico, USA
"LGBTQ Digital Cultures offers an important and much-need international framework for exploring the implications of contemporary digital media for queer and transgender people across the globe. The chapters bring critical new insights to discussions about digital activism, platform politics, and the ways that LGBTQ communities can be both empowered and disenfranchised by technology."
Bonnie (Bo) Ruberg, Assistant Professor, Film & Media Studies, University of California, Irvine, USA
"A ‘coming out’ of scholarship about LGBTQIA+ identities on social media and digital platforms beyond US/Western perspectives is well overdue. Drawing from researchers, advocates, and activists, this volume provides a global, intersectional view of the ways that sexual and gender minorities engage in queer world-building, activism, and empowerment"
Nikki Usher, Associate Professor, Department of Journalism, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, USA
"This collection is an invaluable addition to the growing literature on trans and queer digital cultures. Spanning multiple world regions and including contributions from activists and academics, it offers unique intersectional and transnational perspectives on the paradoxical role that social media play for LGBTQ communities. In doing so, the book advances the much-needed project of dewesternisation and decolonisation of media and communication studies."
Łukasz Szulc, Lecturer in Digital Media and Society, University of Sheffield, UK
"This edited volume dives into ambitious intersectional approaches which examine queer digital cultures and their productively messy overlaps with race, gender, disability, and national contexts. Dr. Paromita Pain and her contributors offer a refreshing, current, and much needed book that consistently foregrounds LGBTQIA+ lenses on digital and social media production, representation, and usage across the globe."
Stine Eckert, Associate Professor, Department of Communication, Wayne State University, USA
"This powerful and timely collection of emerging and re-envisioned theories and studies from around the world is an important and critical contribution to scholarship centered on the influence of social and digital cultures on LGBTQ identity, advocacy work and expression. This compelling volume is truly intersectional in nature and offers scholars, students and other perspectives that are transformational."
Jeannine E. Relly, Professor, School of Government and Public Policy, Member of the Graduate Faculty, University of Arizona, USA