Twenty years of 'cyberqueer': The enduring significance of the Internet for young LGBTIQ+ people

Brady Robards, Brendan Churchill, Son Vivienne, Benjamin Hanckel, Paul Byron

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Abstract

This chapter reflects on how ‘cyberqueer’ spaces - digitally mediated spaces inhabited by queer people - have changed and evolved over the past 20 years. In doing so, it explores the enduring significance of the Internet in the lives of young lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ+) people. We draw on data from an Australian survey and specifically look at different patterns of self-reported gender, sexuality and social media use across four age cohorts of young LGBTIQ+ people: aged 16-20, 21-25, 26-30 and 31-35 years. Findings from this study suggest that many of the productive and significant dimensions of the Internet identified by Wakeford for queer users some 20 years ago endure today, albeit in new forms amidst new challenges.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationYouth, Sexuality and Sexual Citizenship
PublisherTaylor and Francis Group
Chapter10
Pages151-167
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)9781351214735
ISBN (Print)9780815379874
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2018
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Internet
  • LGBTIQ+
  • social media
  • age

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    Robards, B., Churchill, B., Vivienne, S., Hanckel, B., & Byron, P. (2018). Twenty years of 'cyberqueer': The enduring significance of the Internet for young LGBTIQ+ people. In Youth, Sexuality and Sexual Citizenship (pp. 151-167). Taylor and Francis Group. https://doi.org/10.4324/9781351214742