By Emilia Marcyk
Current scholarship and academic news addressing LGBTQ identities and concerns, of interest to librarians, educators, and information professionals.
- Abate, Michelle Ann. “‘The Capitol Accent Is So Affected Almost Anything Sounds Funny in It’: The Hunger Games Trilogy, Queerness, and Paranoid Reading.” Journal of LGBT Youth 12.4 (2015): 397-418. URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/19361653.2015.1077768
In the popular YA trilogy The Hunger Games, stereotypical “gay” or “queer” behaviors, affects, and style of dress mark many of the Capitol villains. Does The Hunger Games perpetuate negative stereotypes about LGBTQ people or dismantle them? The author argues that it does both, and that the notion of “paranoid reading” can be a “productive lens” for examining the trilogy.
- Fox, Jesse, and Rachel Ralston. “Queer Identity Online: Informal Learning and Teaching Experiences of LGBTQ Individuals on Social Media.” Computers in Human Behavior 65 (2016): 635-42. URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.chb.2016.06.009
Various social media sites and applications play an important role in LGBTQ individuals’ process of self-discovery. Through interviews, the authors identify four ways that LGBTQ individuals use social media to learn: traditional learning (information seeking), social learning (observing behavior), experiential learning (trying out dating apps), and teaching.
- Grissett, Judy Orton, et al. “You Are (Not) Welcome Here.” Adult Learning 27.4 (2016): 152-59. URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1045159515613785
This small study looks at interview data from nine students and three teachers in an adult literacy class (an under-studied context) about the educational climate for LGBT students. Analysis showed that student and teachers perceived the educational climate differently; students generally highlighted both positive and negative aspects while teachers perceived the climate as negative alone.
- Johnson, Hannah J. “Bisexuality, Mental Health, and Media Representation.” Journal of Bisexuality 16.3 (2016): 378-96. URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/15299716.2016.1168335
Johnson reports on the results of an online survey of bisexual people about their feelings about bisexual representation in the media and its link to mental health. The paper is, in part, an synthesis between existing research on bisexual mental health and the analysis of bisexual representations (and stereotypes) in the media