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Social media affordances of LGBTQIA+ expression and community formation

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posted on 2023-11-23, 12:13 authored by Carolina AreCarolina Are, Pamela BriggsPamela Briggs, Catherine Talbot

This is the repository connected to the outcomes of a survey amongst 110 LGBTQIA+ users contacted via Prolific academic.

Faced with offline discrimination, LGBTQIA+ users frequently turn to social media to find role models, build social networks and try out new forms of self-expression. Each platform has its own affordances and governance processes which can, in turn, facilitate or stunt self-expression and community growth, yet relatively little is known about how members of the LGBTQIA+ community navigate these affordances. Through a qualitative survey of over 100 LGBTQIA+ participants, this paper considers which social media affordances facilitate the creation and development of an LGBTQIA+ identity, support online and offline community formation and peer-to-peer learning, whilst limiting opportunities for online abuse.

The associated data sets features the anonymysed survey responses.

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Cyber-Security across the Life Span (cSaLSA)

Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council

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