Troubling Vulnerability: Designing with LGBT Young People's Ambivalence Towards Hate Crime Reporting

C Gatehouse, M Wood, J Briggs, James Pickles, S Lawson

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    HCI is increasingly working with ?vulnerable? people yet there is a danger that the label of vulnerability can alienate and stigmatize the people such work aims to support. We report our study investigating the application of interaction design to increase rates of hate crime reporting amongst Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender young people. During design-led workshops participants expressed ambivalence towards reporting. While recognizing their exposure to hate crime they simultaneously rejected ascription as victim as implied in the act of reporting. We used visual communication design to depict the young people?s ambivalent identities and contribute insights on how these fail and succeed to account for the intersectional, fluid and emergent nature of LGBT identities through the design research process. We argue that by producing ambiguous designed texts, alongside conventional qualitative data, we ?trouble? our design research narratives as a tactic to disrupt static and reductive understandings of vulnerability within HCI.
    Original languageUndefined
    Title of host publicationCHI '18
    Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 2018 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
    PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
    ISBN (Print)9781450356206
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2018


    • Hate Crime Reporting
    • Design Workshops
    • LGBT Young People
    • Identity Work

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