Social Media & the LGBTQ Community (old media (social media used to…
Social Media & the LGBTQ Community
social media used to influence old media
fans started tweeting & producers started listening
LGBTQ Fans Deserve Better
Started as a trending topic, but now has its own website and profiles on social media
twice as many queer characters in the next years primetime lineup
the trope "burry your gays"
"harder to kill of gay characters when they are trending"
characters were often killed after having same-sex encounters
little representation of LGBTQ, few characters who identify as queer
used to be very conservative, now shows same-sex relationships
LGBTQ is still under represented
old media such as tv often influences young viewers
if young viewers are questioning their sexuality and see only heterosexual relationships, it may make them feel that they are not "normal"
yet, if they see same-sex relationships, they can feel a connection and know there are others who feel the same. they can even learn from those relationships
social media as an outlet for LGBTQ members
Found connections through Youtube
popular Youtubers and the IGB Project
the "coming out" song
love is love, often times its out of our control anyway and no one should tell another person who or how to love
can connect with people from all over the world
can find like-minded people, know they aren't alone
people connect through facebook, tumblr, youtube, instagram, twitter, etc.
people often talk about their favorite shows/queer characters on these sites
domino affect: once one form starts to change, so do the others
other forms of new media changing
dating sites like chemistry.com target particular gay-fan bases
the show "heroes"
dating sites like tinder ask you to choose your sexual preference while setting up your profile
LGBTQ members have shown how social media can be a helpful tool in influence social change
usually there is a lot of negativity about social media, but people don't realize how much social media can help someone
social media gives LGBTQ members a voice
got a producer to publically apologize after killing off one of his queer chatacters
many felt connected to the relationship this character was involved in and felt betrayed when she was killed, people even talked of hurting themselves on sites like tumblr
social media is a tool for the LGBTQ members to express to society who they are and what they want us to understand about them
has even been used to discuss community ideals