Tumblr as a Space of Learning, Connecting, and Identity Formation for LGBTIQ+ Young People

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

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There’s something queer about Tumblr. In our 2016 survey of how young lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, and queer (LGBTIQ+) people in Australia use social media, we found that—when compared to general population surveys of young social media users—our respondents were five times as likely to use Tumblr. Why? What is it about Tumblr that makes it so appealing to young LGBTIQ+ people? What do young queer and gender diverse people get out of Tumblr?
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationA Tumblr Book
Subtitle of host publication Platform and Cultures
EditorsAllison McCracken, Alexander Cho, Louisa Stein, Indira Neill Hoch
Place of PublicationMichigan USA
PublisherUniversity of Michigan Press
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9780472126958
ISBN (Print)9780472074563, 9780472054565
Publication statusPublished - 2020


  • social media
  • tumblr
  • queer
  • youth

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