Queer media generations: Shifting identifications and media uses among non-heterosexual men

Alexander Dhoest, Joris Van Ouytsel

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This paper explores the role of media among different generations of non-straight men. Based on generational theory, combining the notions of “queer generations” and “media generations,” it empirically explores the role of both legacy and digital media in the processes of sexual identity formation in four post-war generations (Baby Boomers, Generation X, Millennials, and Generation Z). A mixed-method approach was used, combining a quantitative survey (N = 684) to measure the importance of different media with in-depth interviews (N = 80) to better understand the role of media in relation to sexual identity. The results show significant generational differences in the importance of media used at the time of sexual identity exploration as well as in the past year. Digital media became increasingly important for the younger generations but also play a key role in the sexual lives of older participants, while film and television remain important sources of representation, across all generations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)663-678
Number of pages16
JournalEuropean Journal of Communication
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 2022


  • digital media
  • film and television
  • generations
  • in-depth interviews
  • survey

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Communication
  • Language and Linguistics


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