Gaming out online: Black lesbian identity development and community building in Xbox Live

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Abstract

As gaming culture continues to marginalize women and people of color, other gamers are also highlighting the inequalities they face within digital gaming communities. While heterosexism and homophobia are commonplace within gaming culture, little is known about the actual experiences of “gaymers” and even less about “gaymers” of color. As such, this article seeks to explore lesbians of color and their experiences “gayming” out and online. Exploring identity development, community building, and connectivity via social networking, the women within this study articulate what it means to be lesbian online and how this impacts their physical and digital experiences. The private spaces within gaming culture that many marginalized groups inhabit are the few spaces that value the articulation of marginalized interests and viewpoints. Ethnographic observations reveal how supportive communities can improve resilience by mitigating the effects of stereotyping, microaggressions, and other discriminatory practices in online gaming.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)282-296
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Lesbian Studies
Volume22
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 3 2018

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Publisher Copyright:
© 2018, © 2018 Taylor & Francis.

Keywords

  • Video games
  • gender
  • identity
  • lesbian
  • multiplayer gaming
  • race

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies

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