This chapter reflects on how ‘cyberqueer’ (Wakeford 2000 ) spaces – digitally mediated spaces inhabited by queer people – have changed and evolved over the past twenty years. In doing so, we explore 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: 16-20, 21-25, 26-30, and 31-35. The findings from this study suggest that many of the productive and significant dimensions of the internet identified by Wakeford for queer users some twenty years ago endure today, albeit in new forms amidst new challenges.
|Title of host publication||Youth, Sexuality and Sexual Citizenship|
|Editors||Peter Aggleton, Rob Cover, Deana Leahy, Daniel Marshall, Mary Lou Rasmussen|
|Place of Publication||Abingdon Oxon UK|
|Number of pages||17|
|Publication status||Published - 2018|
|Name||Sexuality, Culture and Health|
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Robards, B. J., Churchill, B., Vivienne, S., Hanckel, B., & Byron, P. (2018). Twenty years of ‘cyberqueer’: The enduring significance of the Internet for young LGBTIQ+ people. In P. Aggleton, R. Cover, D. Leahy, D. Marshall, & M. L. Rasmussen (Eds.), Youth, Sexuality and Sexual Citizenship (pp. 151-167). (Sexuality, Culture and Health). Abingdon Oxon UK: Routledge.