“I was staying at the camp, and I met this guy on Grindr, and he asked me to move in with him”: Tourists, Immigrants, and Logistical Uses of Socio-Sexual Media
The first of the three analytic chapters establishes that newcomers are optimistic about using platforms geared at gay, bi, trans, and queer people, such as Grindr, to build networks with locals. These online/offline networks can be platonic (such as for friendship) and also logistical, as newcomers search for jobs, housing, and local information via their profile texts and personal chats. Platforms like Grindr also have an undeniably sexual online culture, and sometimes the lines between social, logistical, and sexual requests (or offers) are not clear. Theories of gay cosmopolitan tourism and queer migration guide the chapter’s argument that not all newcomers experience online socio-sexual cultures equally. Many immigrants have been more successful connecting with other immigrants than with European locals, whether for friendship, sex, or logistical purposes.
KeywordsSocial networking Integration Queer migration Tourism Self-presentation
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