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|Title:||Engaging Sexualities: Lesbian/Gay Print Journalism, Community Belonging, Social Space and Physical Place|
|Citation:||Pacific Journalism Review, 2005; 11(1):113-132|
|Publisher:||Auckland University of Technology, School of Communication Studies|
|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.|
|Appears in Collections:||Media Studies publications|
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