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Dating apps and gay travellers: The organisation and divisions of physical and digital spaces

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Vorobjovas-Pinta, O, Dating apps and gay travellers: The organisation and divisions of physical and digital spaces, 13th Biennial Conference: Leisure for Social Change, 04-07 December 2017, Hobart, Tasmania, pp. 40. ISBN 9781925646115 (2017) [Conference Extract]


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Abstract

This paper reports novel information about the use of gay apps by the patrons of an exclusively-gay resort in Queensland, Australia. This novel research environment facilitates an understanding of the embeddedness of gay dating apps within contemporary gay culture and community, and the spatial reorientation that comes alongside the juxtaposition of physical and digital geographies.

An ethnographic study was conducted at the resort, and qualitative data presented here are drawn from semi-structured interviews with 27 gay-identifying male patrons of the resort. Critical ethnography provided beneficial access to situated perspectives and realities.

These data indicate that gay apps remain a pervasive way of making connections, even in an environment where common homosexuality is a reasonable expectation, and where open self-expression is permitted and even encouraged. This complicates assumptions that gay apps’ emergence was in response to a need for privacy or anonymity for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in wider, straight society.

This paper reports the results of an ethnographic survey conducted in a highly novel research environment, and particularly seeks to address divergent experiences of social and cultural change by LGBT people, including generational divides. It has value in demonstrating clear differences, ambiguities, and mixed implications of gay apps and their relationship with the decline of LGBT spaces, neighbourhoods, and venues.

Item Details

Item Type:Conference Extract
Keywords:gay space, dating apps, gay travel, gay resort, digital space, grindr
Research Division:Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
Research Group:Tourism
Research Field:Tourist Behaviour and Visitor Experience
Objective Division:Commercial Services and Tourism
Objective Group:Tourism
Objective Field:Socio-Cultural Issues in Tourism
Author:Vorobjovas-Pinta, O (Dr Oskaras Vorobjovas-Pinta)
ID Code:118464
Year Published:2017
Deposited By:Tasmanian School of Business and Economics
Deposited On:2017-07-12
Last Modified:2017-12-04
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