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.
|Title of host publication||Youth, Sexuality and Sexual Citizenship|
|Publisher||Taylor and Francis Group|
|Number of pages||17|
|Publication status||Published - Oct 2018|
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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