SFGN's Social Media Edition

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There's no question that social media has reshaped how we view society. 

If you're LGBT, then that couldn't be more true. 

A lot has changed since the days of hooking up on America Online. Now, health organizations can access clients in the most remote parts of the world. And whether you're an activist or just coming out, there's no doubt you'll find someone online who shares your experience — something that was unfathomable to a gay teenager packing his bags in 1972. 

Before I came out as trans, I had spent years seeing myself as "the only one like myself." But after browsing YouTube and searching the #ftm tag on Tumblr, I realized I couldn't be more wrong. 

The days of coming out without support are over. 

But is social media truly the godsend that we've often made it out to be? 

Just as we have found each other online, so have those who seek to destroy our community. Meanwhile, the lack of self-accountability from certain social media platforms, notably Facebook, have at the very least tarnished the meaning of community. 

For better and for worse, gazing through the window of social media has undoubtedly changed the way we view our world. 

But don't just take my word for it... keep reading and see for yourself. 

Stories in this Issue: 

Rick Karlin:

Dining in the Information Age 

Gideon Grudo:

Biden Foundation Launches Online Campaign Sharing Stories of LGBT Youth

Damon Scott: 

PrEP: Group Uses Gay Dating Apps to Combat HIV

Tucker Berardi:

Activism Groups Find New Strategies in Social Media

Social Media Campaigns Are Encouraging Younger Generations to Register to Vote

The Travelin Bum: Exposing the LGBT Experience

Instagay: Gays Use Social Media more than Straight Counterparts

Pier Angelo (Columns): 

Off the Wall: Unfriendly Facebook

Asocial Media is Here to Stay

Off the Wall: Is Facebook Relevant?

 


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