Rural LGBT youth face challenges using the Internet

Published: August 3, 2010

NYU Media published Indiana University professor Mary Gray’s "Out in the Country: Youth, Media and Queer Visibility in Rural America" in 2009.  The Internet is a lifeline for LGBT youth, particularly those living in isolated rural communities where it’s often the only way they can connect with others. Often, however, they face challenges their peers in the cities and suburbs don’t.

If they don’t have their own computers, they must rely on using those in public libraries and schools, where privacy is often not an option and filtering software prevents them from accessing information. Less than 50 percent of rural communities have high-speed access, so many rural youth also have to rely on the much slower dial-up connections.

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