Conference Details

Full LGBTQ IG schedule at 2019 AEJMC 


Wednesday, Aug. 7


1:30 to 2:45 p.m.

Excursion to The ArQuives: Canada’s LGBTQ2+ Archives in Toronto

The excursion is $10. We will leave from the lobby of the hotel at 12:45 p.m. to walk over to the space. Email Robby Byrd for questions or to register.



3:15 to 4:45 p.m.

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender & Queer Interest Group and Minorities and Communication Division


Research Panel Session

Community Partnership as Pathway to Combatting Transphobic and Transnormative Media Narratives

The transgender and gender non-conforming communities face pervasive stigma from media narratives, which pervade all aspects of life and manifest into health disparities. The panel highlights areas of concern for TGNC individuals seeking healthcare.


Thursday, Aug. 8


3:15 to 4:45 p.m.

Minorities and Communication Division and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender & Queer Interest Group


PF&R Panel Session

Strange Fruit: Diversity and Storytelling Across the Podcasting Platform

No matter your interests, in the modern moment, there’s likely a podcast to meet them. The range of programs, topics and storytelling styles has exploded in recent years. As digital technology and delivery services evolve, diverse audiences are finding a wide range of voices and safe spaces often absent from mainstream broadcasting. From Sam Sanders (“It’s Been a Minute”) to Jonathan Van Ness (“Getting Curious”) to Jaison Gardner and Dr. Kaila Story (“Strange Fruit”) and beyond, this panel explores the intersection of race, class, gender and sexual orientation in the podcast ecosystem.


Friday, Aug. 9


11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.                                                    

Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication Scholar-to-Scholar Refereed Paper (Poster) Session


Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Interest Group Results from a follow-up Pilot of Patient Self Advocacy Workshops for Transgender and Gender Diverse Individuals

Richard Mocarski, Nebraska at Kearney; Sim Butler, Nathan Wooduff, Robyn King, Debra Hope, Natalie Holt, Sarah Price and Jody Kellas, Alabama


Co-constructing a Media Narrative: Interviews with LGBT Activists from the 1960s and 1970s in New Zealand

Linda-Jean Kenix and Suvojit Bandhopadyaya, University of Canterbury


Getting Bi: An Analysis of Bisexual Characters’ Depiction on the Television Network the CW

Lyric Mandell and Francesca Ervin, Houston


Information Seeking and MSM’s Attitudes Toward HIV and Condoms

Joseph Schwartz, Northeastern and Josh Grimm, Louisiana State


Is India Authentic or Progressive? American Media Framing of India Decriminalizing Gay-Sex from a Colonialism and Post-Colonialism

Noura Al-Duaijani


Discussant Nathian Rodriguez



1:15 to 2:45 p.m.


Commission on the Status of Women and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender & Queer Interest Group


Teaching Panel Session

Testing Tolerance and Tough Topics in the Classroom and on College Campuses

This is the fourth iteration of this annual panel. It is now being turned into a book published by Rowman Littlefield.  This panel will discuss the overall atmosphere on college campuses regarding controversial topics such as race, gender, abuse, mental health, violence, and sex.


3 to 4:30 p.m.


Religion and Media and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender & Queer Interest Groups


Teaching Panel Session

Teaching and Reporting on the Intersection of Religion and Sexuality

Some of the more sensitive topics that appear in the media involve religion and sexuality. This session seeks to examine how we can teach and report on the intersection of the two groups in media coverage?


4:45 to 6:15 p.m.


Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender & Queer Interest Group


Refereed Paper Session

Top Papers Session



Chelsea Reynolds, California State, Fullerton


Learning to be Inclusive? Testing the Effects of Media Diet on Attitudes toward LGT Equality*

Tien-Tsung Lee, Kansas and Gary Hicks, Southern Illinois-Edwardsville

Is Anyone Surprised? How Journalists Frame the Coming Out of Women Athletes

Bill Cassidy, Northern Illinois

Changing Body Ideals of Marginalized Identities and the Proliferation of Social and Entertainment Media

Cristina Azocar and Ivana Markova, affiliation

What’s In a Name?: Cultural Meanings of the X-Marker**

Michelle Dreiling, Oregon


Discussant Robby Byrd, Memphis


* Top Faculty Paper

** Top Student Paper


6:30 to 8 p.m.  


Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender & Queer Interest Group


Business Session

Members’ Meeting



Robby Byrd, Memphis


8:30 to 10 p.m.


LGBTQ IG Off-site Social

O’Grady’s on Church (


Saturday, Aug. 10


9:15 to 10:45 a.m.


Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender & Queer Interest Group and Cultural and Critical Studies Division


Research Panel Session

Queerbaiting and Rainbow-washing: Have Corporate Media Improved Representation or Co-opted LGBTQ Communities?

From Target superstore advertisements featuring gay dads to anal sex how-to articles in Teen Vogue, mass media across platforms are finding new ways to appeal to LGBTQ audiences.