16. Questioning Queer Audiences

Exploring Diversity in Lesbian and Gay Men's Media Uses and Readings

  1. Karen Ross
  1. Alexander Dhoest MA, PhD and
  2. Nele Simons MA

Published Online: 12 MAR 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118114254.ch16

The Handbook of Gender, Sex, and Media

The Handbook of Gender, Sex, and Media

How to Cite

Dhoest, A. and Simons, N. (2011) Questioning Queer Audiences, in The Handbook of Gender, Sex, and Media (ed K. Ross), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118114254.ch16

Author Information

  1. University of Antwerp, Department of Communication Studies, Belgium

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 12 MAR 2012
  2. Published Print: 10 OCT 2011

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781444338546

Online ISBN: 9781118114254



  • questioning queer audiences, diversity in lesbian and gay men's media;
  • media representations of lesbians and gay men;
  • lesbian and gay male audiences;
  • queer theory, methodological shift towards discourse analysis;
  • exploring patterns in LGB media, uses and readings;
  • use of and preference for gay-specific media content;
  • present uses of LGB media;
  • media representation, information and role models for others;
  • reading of Jack Sparrow in Pirates of the Caribbean, being gay;
  • diversity, lesbian and gay male population along gender lines


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Lesbian and Gay Media Representations, Uses, and Interpretations

  • Method

  • Exploring Patterns in LGB Media Uses and Readings

  • Explaining these Patterns and Preferences

  • Conclusion

  • References