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Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, transsexual and genderqueer people in geek communities face a range of issues which sometimes overlap with those experienced by women.

For example:

  • Invisibility -- anything that assumes a heterosexual male audience assumes the absence of all women (because they are not male) as well as all gay and queer men (because they are not heterosexual).
  • Sexualized environments may be uncomfortable to people who do not conform to the majority sexual identity
  • Online harrassment in the form of "faggot" and "dyke" jokes
  • Male Gaze, for example being defined as ugly by heterosexual men and heterocentric culture generally. This is especially relevant to butch women.
  • Fetishization of lesbians: like wider society, some male geeks will fetishize lesbian sexuality depicted in pornography while treating as disgusting other lesbian or gay relationships or sexuality.

Gender and sexuality in databases Edit

A lot of software makes presumptions that users are cisgender or that they have cissexual bodies: social software often doesn't handle trans individuals' genders. Sometimes they cannot handle LGBT identities.

Online services/databases/standards that handle gender with at least some complexity:

Other articles about the issue:

Organisations Edit

Miscellaneous links/further reading Edit

See also: Intersectionality

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