Thank you for participating in the Globalised queerness project

What is the purpose of the study?

The aim of this research is to survey queer appearances on many media platforms and reach a fuller picture of the process of its commodification in the current media environment,
e.g., mainstream media, social media platforms, and advertising.

The research pursues a few important questions:

To what extent are queer appearances deemed as local or global as they get their share of media attention? To what degree have queer artists dialogued or reproduced local repertoires they bring from their experience or replaced them with global ones? What happens when global media flows take queer culture to markets wherein the notion of LGBTQ+ rights is not entirely acceptable?

Why have I been invited?

Following an examination of several social media accounts that fit a notion of queer artistry or media making pursued in this research, yours has revealed a potential to influence and
inform that can be relevant to this research’s purposes.

Do I have to take part?


Participation in the project is voluntary, and you can choose not to participate in part or all of the project. You can withdraw at any stage of the project without being penalised or disadvantaged in any way. It is up to you to decide whether or not to take part. If you do decide to take part, you must answer the following questions. If you decide to participate, you are still free to withdraw at
any time and without giving a reason.

What will happen if I take part?

We use online interviews to give participants the opportunity to have their say on how they see their media and our art projects in terms of global or local cultures. The opinions expressed in the questionnaire will be only used to represent academic or
theoretical debates about queer media without engaging in any personal speculation or using private information.

What do I have to do?

As a participant, we would like you to provide a frank account and your sincere opinions on your own artistry and other queer art or media projects on a local (meaning closer to the respondent, limited impact or selling) or global (broadcast to more than one country, mass distributed or commercialised).

What are the possible disadvantages and risks of taking part?

Participation carries very low risks. We estimate that commentary on queer media or artists should not lead to the disclosure of sensitive information for the research participants or
others mentioned.

What are the possible benefits of taking part?

The main benefit of taking part in this research results from the contribution to a systematic study of the emerging outreach of queer media. We expect such deep comprehension to
have strategic value for queer artists and audiences. The study can provide them with an overview of how commercialized or not their art can be. The study can also enlighten on
lesser-known locations or arts that global media projects may overshadow.

What will happen when the research study stops?

The resulting interview data will be used only in this research project and the publication outputs we will generate from it. The study complies with the research ethics practices
overseen by the British Sociological Association. Further information is available on
https://www.britsoc.co.uk/media/24309/bsa_statement_of_ethical_practice_annexe.pdf


Will my taking part in the study be kept confidential?

No personal information other than general socio-demographic data that is willingly disclosed will be collected. Any confidential personal information that is inadvertently disclosed will be omitted from any transcription of the interview and all materials for
subsequent publication. All recordings and transcriptions will be encrypted and stored on the author’s password-protected computer. All interview data will be physically deleted after 10
years or earlier if so requested by the research participants.
What will happen to the results of the research study?
The main research output will be published in an upcoming book. The researchers will receive no financial gratification from such publication.

What will happen if I don’t want to carry on with the study?

As indicated above, participation in the project is voluntary, and you can choose not to participate in part or all of the project. You can withdraw at any stage of the project without
being penalised or disadvantaged in any way.

What if there is a problem?

If you have any problems, concerns or questions about this study, you should ask to speak to the principal investigator at hlevy@johncabot.edu

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