Digital Technologies and Sexualities in Urban Space

Authored by: Catherine J. Nash , Andrew Gorman-Murray

The Routledge Research Companion to Geographies of Sex and Sexualities

Print publication date:  May  2016
Online publication date:  May  2016

Print ISBN: 9781472455482
eBook ISBN: 9781315613000
Adobe ISBN: 9781317043331


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In this chapter we explore how lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer (LGBTQ) 1 1

We use the term queer as a broadly inclusive phrase for gender and sexual minorities. Where required, we use specific categories such as LGBT, ‘gay men’ or ‘lesbians’ as used in the scholarship cited.

people’s engagement with the internet and new media might be implicated in contemporary transformations in LGBT and queer urban landscapes in the Global North, particularly in ways that rework sexual and gendered sociospatial relations across urban space. Substantial scholarship details LGBT and queer people’s distinctive relationship with urban locations, especially in cities in the Global North where highly visible and vibrant gay villages are important inner-city landscapes (Castells, 1983; Lauria and Knopp, 1985; Adler and Brenner, 1992; Florida, 2002; Nash, 2005, 2006, 2010, 2013a; Podmore, 2006,2013b; Mowlabocus, 2010b; Gorman-Murray and Waitt, 2009; see also Section I, ‘Urban Sexualities’). Contemporary scholarship suggests that many well-established locations are undergoing some sort of transformation, variously described as a ‘decline’ or ‘degaying’, and suggesting a diminishing economic, social and political importance in queer lives (see Collins, 2004a; Ruting, 2008; Nash, 2013a, 2013b). At the same time, alternative sexual and gendered landscapes are emerging for some queer people who, as a result of legal, social and political changes, are increasingly integrated into urban residential neighbourhoods and entertainment districts, and have greater opportunities to be visible across a variety of queer-friendly landscapes (Visser, 2008a; Gorman-Murray and Waitt, 2009; Nash, 2013a, 2013b).

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