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Welcome to the LGBTQ+@CL Virtual Queer Library. The library is a work in progress, and is intended to be a repository for academic and non-academic writing about LGBTQ+ people and computer science, drawing from existing lists, and from our own reading. Any additional suggestions very welcome. You may also be interested in the University of Cambridge's LGBTQ+ Resources and Collections.



Scott, M. (1992). Trouble and Her Friends


Abbate, Janet. (2012). Recoding gender women’s changing participation in computing. MIT Press. 

Balsamo, A. (1996). Technologies of the Gendered Body: reading Cyborg Women. Duke University Press. 

Boyd, D. (2014). It's Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens. Yale University Press. 

Chan, Anita. (2013). Networking peripheries: technological futures and the myth of digital universalism. MIT Press. 

Hayles, N. Katherine. (2008). How We Became Posthuman: Virtual Bodies in Cybernetics, Literature, and Informatics. University of Chicago Press. 

Hodges, A. (1984). Alan Turing; The Enigma. Burnett Books/Hutchinson. 

Kember, S. (2003). Cyberfeminism and Artificial Life. Routledge 

Lewis, S.J. (Ed.). (2017). Queer Privacy. Mascherari Press.

Lingel, Jessa (2017). Digital countercultures and the struggle for community. MIT Press. 

Mowlabocus, Sharif (2010). Gaydar culture: Gay men, technology and embodiment in the digital age. Routledge. 

Noble, Safiya & Tynes, Brendesha M. (2016). The Intersectional Internet: Race, Sex, Class, and Culture Online. 

Novak, A. N, & El-Burki, I. J. (Eds.) (2016). Defining identity and the changing scope of culture in the digital age. Hershey, PA: IGI Global.

O’Riordan, K, & Phillips, D. J. (2007). Queer online: media technology & sexuality. Lang. 

Sender, K. (Ed.), Shaw, A. (Ed.). (2017). Queer Technologies. Routledge. 

Blogs and web articles

Barret-Ibaria, 2018, Remembering the Golden Age of the Queer Internet.


Alexander, J. (2002). Queer webs: Representations of LGBT people and communities on the world wide web. International Journal of Sexuality & Gender Studies, 7(2-3), 77–84.

Ashford, Chris (2009). Queer theory, cyber-ethnographies and researching online sex environments. Information & Communications Technology Law.

Bagheri, Nazgol (2014). "What qualitative GIS maps tell and don’t tell: Insights from mapping women in Tehran’s public spaces". Journal of Cultural Geography, volume 31, number 2, pp. 166–178.

Barnett, Fiona, Zach Blas, Micha Cárdenas, Jacob Gaboury, Jessica Marie Johnson, and Margaret Rhee (2016). "QueerOS: A user’s manual". In: Matthew K. Gold and Lauren F. Klein (editors).  Debates in the digital humanities 2016. Minneapolis: University Of Minnesota Press.

Bivens, Rena, and Oliver L. Haimson (2016). "Baking gender into social media design: How platforms shape categories for users and advertisers". Social Media + Society, volume 2, number 4.

Blas, Zach, and Jacob Gaboury (2016). "Biometrics and opacity: A conversation". Camera Obscura: Feminism, Culture, and Media Studies, volume 31, number 2, pp. 155–165.

Bonner-Thompson, Carl (2017). "‘The meat market’: The production and regulation of life and hyper-sexualized masculinities on the Grindr grid in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK". Gender, Place & Culture, volume 24, number 11, pp. 1,611–1,625.

Boyer, Kate, and Kim England (2008). "Gender, work and technology in the information workplace: From typewriters to ATMs". Social & Cultural Geography, volume 9, number 3, pp. 241–256.

Bray, Francesca (2007). Gender and Technology. Annual Review of Anthropology, 36(1), 37–53.

Brown, Michael, and Lawrence Knopp (2006). "Places or polygons? Governmentality, scale, and the census in the Gay and Lesbian Atlas". Population, Space and Place, volume 12, number 4, pp. 223–242.

Chaplin, Tamara (2014). "Lesbians online: Queer identity and community formation on the French Minitel". Journal of the History of Sexuality, volume 23, number 3, pp. 451–472.

Cockayne, Daniel G. & Richardson, Lizzie (2017). A queer theory of software studies: software theories, queer studies, Gender, Place & Culture, 24:11, 1587-1594. doi:10.1080/0966369X.2017.1383365

Cockayne, Daniel, and Lizzie Richardson (2017a). "A queer theory of software studies: Software theories, queer studies". Gender, Place & Culture, volume 24, number 11, pp. 1,587–1,594.

Ferreira, Eduardo, and Regina Salvador (2015). "Lesbian collaborative Web mapping: Disrupting heteronormativity in Portugal". Gender, Place & Culture, volume 22, number 7, pp. 954–970.

Fischer, Mia, and K. Mohrman (2016). "Black deaths matter? Sousveillance and the invisibility of black life". Ada: A Journal of Gender, New Media & Technology, number 10.

Gieseking, J. J., Lingel, J., & Cockayne, D. (2018). What’s queer about Internet studies now?. First Monday, 23(7).

Gieseking, Jen Jack (2017a). "Messing with the attractiveness algorithm: A response to queering code/space". Gender, Place & Culture, volume 24, number 11, pp. 1,659–1,665.

Gieseking, Jen Jack (2017b). "Size matters to lesbians, too: Queer feminist interventions into the scale of big data". Professional Geographer, volume 70, number 1, pp. 150–156.

Gieseking, Jen Jack (2018). "Operating anew: Queering GIS with good enough software". Canadian Geographer/Le Géographe Canadien, volume 62, number 1, pp. 55–66.

Gillespie, Tarleton (2014). "The relevance of algorithms". In: Tarleton Gillespie, Pablo J. Boczkowski and Kirsten A. Foot (editors). Media technologies: Essays on communication, materiality, and society. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, pp. 167–194.

Haraway. D. (1989). The Cyborg Manifesto. Socialist Review.

Henderson, Lisa (2008). "Queer relay". GLQ, volume 14, number 4, pp. 569–597.

Jackson, G. (2017). Transcoding Sexuality: Computational Performativity and Queer Code Practices. QED: A Journal in GLBTQ Worldmaking, 4(2), 1-25. doi:10.14321/qed.4.2.0001

Jenzen, Olu (2017). "Trans youth and social media: Moving between counterpublics and the wider Web". Gender, Place & Culture, volume 24, number 11, pp. 1,626–1,641.

Keeling, Kara (2014). "Queer OS". Cinema Journal, volume 53, number 2, pp. 152–157.

Klein, Lauren F. (2013). "The image of absence: Archival silence, Data visualization, and James Hemings". American Literature, volume 85, number 4, pp. 661–688.

Light, Jennifer (1999). When Computers Were Women. Technology and Culture, 40(3), 455–483.

Mackenzie, Lars (2017). "The afterlife of data: Identity, surveillance, and capitalism in trans credit reporting". TSQ: Transgender Studies Quarterly, volume 4, number 1, pp. 45–60.

McGlotten, Shaka (2012). "Ordinary intersections: Speculations on difference, justice, and utopia in black queer life". Transforming Anthropology, volume 20, number 1, pp. 45–66.

McGlotten, Shaka (2016). "Black data", In: E. Patrick Johnson (editor). No tea, no shade: New writings in black queer studies. Durham, N.C.: Duke University Press, pp. 262–286.

McLeod, Dayna, Jasmine Rault, and T. L. Cowan (2014). "Speculative praxis towards a queer feminist digital archive: A collaborative research-creation project". Ada: A Journal of Gender, New Media, and Technology, number 5.

McPherson, Tara (2012b). "US operating systems at mid-century: The intertwining of race and UNIX". In: Lisa Nakamura and Peter Chow-White (editors). Race after the Internet. New York: Routledge, pp. 21–37.

Miles, Sam (2017). "Sex and the digital city: Location-based dating apps and urban gay life". Gender, Place & Culture, volume 24, number 11, pp. 1,595–1,610.

Moravec, Michelle (2017). "Network analysis and feminist artists". Artl@s Bulletin, volume 6, number 3, article 5.

Mowlabocus, Sharif (2016). "Horny at the bus stop, paranoid in the cul-de-sac: Sex, technology and public space". In: Gavin Brown and Kath Browne (editors). Routledge research companion to geographies of sex and sexualities. London: Routledge, pp. 391–398.

Murray, Sarah, and Megan Sapnar Ankerson (2016). "Lez takes time: Designing lesbian contact in geosocial networking apps". Critical Studies in Media Communication, volume 33, number 1, pp. 53–69.

Nakamura, Lisa (2014). "Indigenous circuits: Navajo women and the racialization of early electronic manufacture". American Quarterly, volume 44, number 4, pp. 919–941.

Nash, Catherine, and Andrew Gorman-Murray (2016a). "Digital sexualities: Section introduction". In: Gavin Brown and Kath Browne (editors). Routledge research companion to geographies of sex and sexualities. London: Routledge, pp. 353–358.

Paasonen, Susanna (2010). "Labors of love: Netporn, Web 2.0 and the meanings of amateurism". New Media & Society, volume 12, number 8, pp. 1,297–1,312.

Rak, J. (2005). The Digital Queer: Weblogs and Internet Identity. Biography 28(1), 166-182. doi:10.1353/bio.2005.0037

Richardson, D., Seidman, S. (2002). New Technologies and Cyber-Queer Research, in Handbook of Lesbian and Gay Studies.

Shaw, Adrienne and Katherine Sender (2016b). "Queer technologies: Affordances, affect, ambivalence". Critical Studies in Media Communication, volume 33, number 1, pp. 1–5.

Tanczer, L.M. (2015). Hacking the Label: Hacktivism, Race, and Gender. Ada: A Journal of Gender, New Media, and Technology, No.6. doi:10.7264/N37S7M22

Tanczer, Leonie (2016). Hacktivism and the Male-Only Stereotype. New Media & Society, 18(8), 1599-1615.

Thakor, Mitali (2015). "Problematising the dominant discourse around children, youth and the Internet". Global Information Society Watch 2015: Sexual Rights and the Internet.

Sources and further resource lists

Gieseking, Lingel, and Cockayne's list of queer Internet Studies scholarship:

"Women and GNC people writing about tech" reading list, started by Siva Vaidhyanathan and Gabriella Coleman:

Oliver Haimson’s "Digital trans reading list":