Media Representations of Bullying Toward Queer Youth: Gender, Race, and Age Discrepancies

Megan S. Paceley, Karen Flynn

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Abstract

In 2010, media coverage on the bullying of queer youth increased dramatically. This study examined online news media's portrayal of the gender, race, and age of bullying victims. Content analyses of ten sources were compared to research on the dynamics of sexuality-based bullying. Discrepancies were found for gender and race (with White males being disproportionally portrayed in the media). Lack of representation may lead people to believe that bullying against queer youth of color is of no significance. This has important consequences for victims and for those working to end bullying based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)340-356
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of LGBT Youth
Volume9
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 2012

Keywords

  • Bullying
  • LGBT youth
  • gender
  • gender identity
  • media
  • online news
  • race
  • sexual orientation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Education

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