LGBTQ Youth & Media

The I Will Survive? Study is focused on investigating media use by LGBTQ youth, particularly their participation in online, new media activities and its impact on their resilience. The study’s data collection was undertaken in Toronto, Ontario between September and December 2011. 19 LGBTQ-identified youth participants (18-22) were selected for their avid new media participation and contributed in depth interviews to the study.
To Contact The Study:



Craig, S. L., McInroy, L., Allaggia, R. & McCready, L. (in press). Like picking up a seed, but you haven’t planted it”: Queer youth analyze the It Gets Better Project. International Journal of Child, Youth and Family Studies.

Craig, S. L., and McInroy, L. (2013). You can form a part of yourself online: The influence of new media on identity development and coming out for LGBTQ youth. Journal of Gay and Lesbian Mental Health. DOI:10.1080/19359705.2013.777007.


Several Additional Publications Are Currently Under Review




MySpace To Be Queer: Youth, New Media & Health Promotion

CIHR Cafe Scientifique

(April 9th, 2013)


Over 97% of youth use new media.

However a debate continues to rage over the health and safety impacts of new media for queer populations.


This event explored LGBTQ youths’ participation in new media, and the opportunities offered by new media to promote LGBTQ youths’ health. This event featured a panel of discussants, followed by a lengthy open discussion with the audience.


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