Focused on understanding and analyzing LGBTQ activism and protest globally, this edited collection brings together voices from different parts of the world to examine LGBTQ protests and their impact.

Through the lens of media, culture, and sociopolitical structures, this collection highlights how cultural and technical factors like the emergence of social media and other digital platforms have impacted LGBTQ activism. This book draws on studies from countries as varied as Zimbabwe, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Hungary, Morocco, China, and the US. The contributions provide important insight into how social media and digital platforms have provided space for self-expression and protest and encouraged advocacy and empowerment for LGBTQ movements. It also examines the diversity and similarities between different national contexts and the various obstacles faced, while spotlighting countries that are traditionally understudied in Western academia, in an important step toward decolonizing research. Each chapter, through the voices of activists and media scholars, moves beyond an oversimplified examination of queer protests to show, in rich detail, the exciting yet complicated terrain of queer protests throughout the globe.

This book is suitable for media, communication, and cultural studies students; researchers; academics; and LGBTQ activists, as well as students and scholars from related academic disciplines.

chapter |9 pages


chapter 1|19 pages

LGBTIQ+ causes and connective action

Actors, issues, support, and frames in online petitions

chapter 2|14 pages

The voice of the voiceless

Queerphobic statism and queer youth advocacy in China

chapter 5|19 pages

Genealogy of the homosexual pejorative

chapter 6|18 pages

Western influences, Eastern realities

LGBTQ activism in Hungary

chapter 7|23 pages


A disoriented Moroccan (counter-)archive from the eyes of its queers

chapter 9|17 pages

We don't talk about homos

Queer activism and the fight to make #DisneySayGay

chapter 10|18 pages

The LGBTQ activist on social media

Analyzing LGBTQ activism online in India and Taiwan

chapter 12|19 pages

Disrupting the simulacrum of normalcy

Queer online activism and protest in Thailand

chapter 13|18 pages

A multi-families album

Politics of visibility of an Argentinean LGBTQ+ family association

chapter 14|13 pages

Navigating legal and cultural challenges

An analysis of Turkish LGBTQ activism on social media

chapter 15|18 pages

African queer performances on social media as protest

The case of Zimbabwean TikTokers

chapter 16|17 pages

Bi the way, we exist!

Exploring bisexual affinities and identity performance on TikTok's affective archives

chapter 17|13 pages

Spiral of silence

LGBTQ struggles in Bangladesh

chapter 18|13 pages

A Jihad for Love

Narrative of homosexuality, Islam, and resistance

chapter 19|20 pages

From consumption to creation

#Luimelia as digital activism

chapter 20|15 pages

Pulling the plug on Dr. Laura

Combining the conventional and unconventional in LGBTQ+ community protest

chapter 21|14 pages

Bible Belt Queers

Zines as both placemaking and protest

chapter 22|17 pages

Queer times, queer platforms

Club quarantine and the staging of digital protest

chapter 23|16 pages

Queer activism and empowerment on social media

A study based on Northern Province, Sri Lanka