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Type: Journal article
Title: Engaging Sexualities: Lesbian/Gay Print Journalism, Community Belonging, Social Space and Physical Place
Author: Cover, R.
Citation: Pacific Journalism Review, 2005; 11(1):113-132
Publisher: Auckland University of Technology, School of Communication Studies
Issue Date: 2005
ISSN: 1023-9499
Abstract: This article argues that lesbian/gay print journalism publications are strategically utilised by younger readers to forge a sense of community belonging. It is shown that such publications mediate an important dynamic between self-identity and group or community identity through motifs of belonging, engagement and access. Utilising interviews with younger readers of lesbian/gay journalism, it is argued that such publications are understood by readers as a public ‘social space’, but that a strong desire to engage in lesbian/gay in a local, geographic and physical sense is identified by the readers, suggesting that such publications perform an important but incomplete role in the construction of sexual identity and community belonging.
RMID: 0020081928
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