The Internet’s Queer Era

The Daily Dot
The internet’s queer era

Online has always been a place where you can be unapologetically queer, but it feels like these days, the internet is gayer than ever. Maybe that’s because Gen Z—which has higher percentages of people who identify as LGBTQ than previous generations—has a critical mass on apps like TikTok and Instagram. But the acceptance that Gen Z has for its own queerness has certainly affected millennials, another generation that came out alongside their favorite internet celebs.

In these stories, the Daily Dot explores online spaces where queer people congregate, from Instagram meme pages to YouTube to Nigeria’s equivalent of Reddit. No matter where, the internet proves that queer people are never alone in our experiences, our hardships, and our joy.

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Produced by Tricia Crimmins / Art by Jason Reed