Caught in a Web? The Internet and Deterritorialization of LGBT Activism

Authored by: Gert Hekma

The Ashgate Research Companion to Lesbian and Gay Activism

Print publication date:  August  2015
Online publication date:  March  2016

Print ISBN: 9781409457091
eBook ISBN: 9781315613147
Adobe ISBN: 9781317042914

10.4324/9781315613147.ch15

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Abstract

In the last two decades, the Internet has revolutionized the ways individuals communicate and cooperate. This rapid advancement in electronic technology also shapes the practices of social movement actors who utilize the vast array of tools that cyberspace offers in order to convey information, foster cross-movement collaboration, and ultimately empower communities. Activists have quickly learned to appreciate the powers of new technology, which diminish the obstacles of space and time, and they have employed it to further their goals: raising awareness about social issues and stimulating members and interested parties. Social movements also use the Internet to enhance opportunities in promoting their agendas, reaching out to prospective donors and volunteers. The lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) movement is no exception. For LGBT activists, the Internet is a means by which to circumvent cultural and social barriers, compress geographic distances, and overcome institutional hurdles; all factors that have aided the development of the movement within states and across borders.

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