LGBTQIA Scholarship Roundup for May 17, 2017

By Emilia Marcyk

Current scholarship and academic news addressing LGBTQIA identities and concerns, of interest to librarians, educators, and information professionals.

Publications

de Szegheo Lang, Tamara. “Democratizing LGBTQ History Online: Digitizing Public History in ‘U.S. Homophile Internationalism’.” Journal of Homosexuality, vol. 64, no. 7, 2017, pp. 850-869. URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00918369.2017.1280987

This article is part of a special issue of the Journal of Homosexuality on the online exhibit “U.S. Homophile Internationalism,” produced by outhistory.org. The author discusses the democratization of archives through digitization, specifically making materials available from under-researched areas of the world. Other articles in the special issue discuss specific regions covered by the exhibit.

Duggan, Jennifer. “Revising Hegemonic Masculinity: Homosexuality, Masculinity, and Youth-Authored Harry Potter Fanfiction.” Bookbird: A Journal of International Children’s Literature, vol. 55, no. 2, 2017, pp. 38-45. URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1353/bkb.2017.0022

Who here wrote slash fiction as child or teen? This article explores Harry Potter slash fiction (fan fiction depicting queer/homosexual relationships) as a means of exploring sexuality, and specifically depictions of masculinity and sexuality in a long-form fan fiction piece entitled Underwater Light.

Kulick, Alex, et al. “Heterosexism, Depression, and Campus Engagement among LGBTQ College Students: Intersectional Differences and Opportunities for Healing.” Journal of Homosexuality, vol. 64, no. 8, 2017, pp. 1125-1141. URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00918369.2016.1242333

This article explores the links between hereosexism and depression on campus, specifically differences between white students and students of color. Engaging in LGBTQ-specific activism had a positive effect on students of color, pointing to the need for spaces specifically created for LGBTQ people of color.

Moulaison Sandy, Heather, et al. “Intersectionality in LGBT Fiction.” Journal of Documentation, vol. 73, no. 3, 2017, pp. 432-450. URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/JD-07-2016-0092.

The authors took an intersectional approach to examining the offerings on two content platforms; a traditional acquisition platform (OASIS) and a self-publishing platform (Smashwords). Despite a hypothesis to the contrary, both platforms contained mostly works about white, gay males in roughly equal quantities. Self-publishing evidently does not equate to depictions of a greater range of intersectional identities.

Veale, Jaimie F. “Reflections on Transgender Representation in Academic Publishing.” International Journal of Transgenderism, vol. 18, no. 2, 2017, pp. 121-122. URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/15532739.2017.1279868

An editorial and discussion of the roles that transgender academics play in writing about transgender health.

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