LGBTQ Youth Cultures and Social Media

Olu Jenzen

Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference proceeding with ISSN or ISBNChapterpeer-review


Research has established that access to the Internet and social media is vital for many lesbian, gay, bi, trans, queer + (LGBTQ+) young people (Hillier and Harrison, 2007; Selkie et al., 2020). LGBTQ+ social media youth cultures form across platforms and are shaped by a range of media affordances and vernaculars. LGBTQ+ youth use social media for self-expression, connecting with other LGBTQ+ young people, entertainment, activism, as well as for collecting and curating information. Through a digital cultural studies approach, the essay discusses themes of LGBTQ+ youth identity work, communities and networked publics, and youth voice, to explore how digital and social media imaginaries and practices produce new forms of socialites. It situates LGBTQ+ youth social media practices in relation to the affective economy and algorithmic exclusion of platforms, as well as in relation to neoliberal paradigms of gender and sexuality and homotolerance.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Oxford Encyclopedia of Queer Studies and Communication
EditorsIsaac West
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages56
Publication statusPublished - 19 Oct 2022

Bibliographical note



Dive into the research topics of 'LGBTQ Youth Cultures and Social Media'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this