Gayservatives on Gab: LGBTQ+ Communities and Far Right Social Media

Evan Brody, Spencer P. Greenhalgh, Mehroz Sajjad

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Abstract

In the United States, LGBTQ+ individuals are often imagined as inherently politically progressive, but this assumption overlooks the experiences of self-identified LGBTQ+ conservatives. Likewise, although social media platforms are recognized as spaces of identity and community production for LGBTQ+ people generally, less work has considered how they provide a similar forum for “gayservatives.” In response, this article engages in a critical discourse analysis of LGBTQ+-oriented groups on the far right social media platform Gab. Results indicate that far right social media is utilized to connect with other politically similar LGBTQ+ individuals perceived to be absent in one’s offline community. Participants do so via discourses that both regulate and celebrate LGBTQ+ identities, particularly as it relates to hegemonic masculinity. These strategies generally reinforce, but at times reframe, stereotypical narratives about LGBTQ+ individuals. This study provides groundwork for more nuanced understandings of both LGBTQ+ conservatives and the ways power is socialized and embodied through discourses about sexual and gender identities.

Original languageEnglish
JournalSocial Media and Society
Volume8
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 2022

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Keywords

  • Gab
  • LGBTQ+
  • discourse analysis
  • far right
  • hegemonic masculinity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • Communication
  • Computer Science Applications

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