International Communication Association's

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Studies

Special Interest Group



Division News: 

  • Program for San Juan available on our Upcoming Conference
  • Top Paper Awards:
    • The LGBTQ Interest group is happy to announce our awards for the 2015
      conference. All award recipients will receive their cash awards at the
      Business Meeting on Saturday May 23, 10:30-11:45am in San Cristobal

      Ballroom G (Caribe Hilton). We are particularly excited by the
      international scope and range of methods, theories, and topics
      represented by these award winning papers (and the rest of our San
      Juan Program).

      Our Top Interactive Paper Award is goes to Bradley Bond (University of
      San Diego) and Andrea Figueroa-Caballero (UC Santa Barbara) for their
      paper "The relationship between computer-mediated communication,
      identity, and well-being among lesbian, gay, and bisexual adolescents"

      We had a tied for both our Top Faculty and Top Student Paper awards.
      The top faculty papers are:
      Andre Cavalcante (University of Virginia) for "Breakout Texts: Boy’s
      Don’t Cry, TransAmerica, and Transgender Audiences"
      Dustin Goltz (DePaul University), Jason Zingsheim (Governors State
      University), Alexanda Murphy (DePaul University), and Teresa Mastin
      (DePaul University) for "Myths and Labels for Kenyan
      LGBTI Identities: Cautions for Queer Cultural Humility"

      The top student papers are:
      Noam Gal (Hebrew University) for "Identity in Crisis: The dialectics
      of social identity and conflict in LGBT social-change activity"
      Lukasz Szluc (University of Antwerp) for "The Hyperlinked Identities
      of LGBTQ Websites: Towards a Qualitative Hyperlink Analysis"

      And last but not least, we have awarded the Ramona Cuellar Ríos
      Memorial Travel Grant to Joe Hatfield (Syracuse University).



About the ICA LGBTQ SIG: 

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Studies is concerned with the analysis and critique of sexual systems, discourses, and representations, particularly those that animate, inform, and impinge upon the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people. Such systems and discourses occur in institutional, community, domestic, and intimate contexts; are closely connected to other social, cultural, and political practices (such as nationalism, education, or popular entertainment); and play a critical role in the formation and communication of individual and group identity.


How to join ICA and the LGBTQ SIG:

  • To become a member of the International Communication Association, or renew your membership, you can find an application here.
  • To become a member of the LGBTQ SIG:
    • Sign up with you become an ICA Member or renew your membership
    • If you are already member, you can long into your ICA profile and change your section information here.
Remember, when you become a member your $3 contribution to the LGBTQ Interest Group goes to travel funding for the recipient(s) of our top student paper award.


 Call for Papers for ICA Annual Conference:

The LGBTQ Interest Group welcomes quality research in the above areas, using any methodological approach. Papers should not exceed 25 pages, and panel proposals should provide a 400-word rationale for the panel and a 200-word abstract for each participant's contribution. Extended abstracts of 6-8 pages will also be considered, but preference will be given to complete papers and panel proposals. 
You can submit papers for the ICA Annual Conference by logging in here.

 Volunteer to be a Reviewer! 

We need reviewers! Please volunteer to review submissions by adding yourself to the reviewer pool in the paper management system. You can volunteer even if you have not submitted papers to this interest group, or the conference for that matter! When volunteering to review, please be sure to fill out the section about your areas of expertise to help us with the process of matching submissions to reviewers. 

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