Coming out: The role of journalism in social exclusion of LGB people

Sahin, Sanem (2018) Coming out: The role of journalism in social exclusion of LGB people. Journalism . ISSN 1464-8849

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This article explores the role of journalism in the social exclusion of lesbian, gay and bisexual people. Studying the case of North Cyprus, the last place in Europe to decriminalize same-sex relationships, it investigates the relationship between journalists and lesbian, gay and bisexual people by focusing on their experiences, opinions and practices and how these contribute to the social inclusion and exclusion of lesbian, gay and bisexual people. Through analysis of interviews conducted with members of the lesbian, gay and bisexual community and journalists, the article demonstrates the processes by which lesbian, gay and bisexual people become socially excluded. The findings show that homophobia within the news media, journalists’ lack of awareness and/or understanding of the social concerns of lesbian, gay and bisexual people, public pressure and lack of communication between the lesbian, gay and bisexual community and journalists contribute to processes by which lesbian, gay and bisexual people become socially excluded.

Keywords:LGB, social exclusion, journalism, sexual orientation, Cyprus, discrimination, homophobia, marginalised
Subjects:P Mass Communications and Documentation > P500 Journalism
Divisions:College of Arts > School of English & Journalism > School of English & Journalism (English)
ID Code:31333
Deposited On:19 Jun 2018 15:29

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