Virtual Discussion Group – Researching Within Hate Studies

Wednesday 2 March 2022, 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm GMT, online (UK)



The dark side of social media: exploring online hate targeting a person’s sexuality


The internet as an online community space offers huge potential for social interactions and the exploration of sexuality. Yet research suggests a darker side of internet use, with LGBTQ+ individuals being exposed to targeted hate online. Drawing from empirical research comprised of an online survey of 175 13-25-year-old LGBTQ+ young people and 15 follow up interviews, this study sets out new findings on the numerous experiences of online hate, and the impacts on LGBTQ+ young people. In doing so, this study examines the nature of online hate, the ways in which participants responded to their experiences of online hate and their experiences with accessing support. This study will inform future research, policy changes and social media practices focused on the harms of hate and protecting LGBTQ+ individuals and other marginalised communities.

About this discussion group:

This newly formed discussion group is part of the BSC Hate Crime Network, and has been designed to create a supportive space for PGRs and ECRs who are researching within the broad area of hate studies. PGRs could include students studying at MA and doctoral level, and ECRs includes those researchers who are within five years of receiving their doctorate. The group brings PGRs and ECRs together to share their research projects, discuss methodological issues, and consider best practices when researching sensitive topics.


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