Coming out of the Closet

Exploring LGBT Issues in Strategic Communication with Theory and Research
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Natalie T. J. Tindall
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Contents: Natalie T. J. Tindall: Coming Out of the Closet to Address Challenges With LGBT Research Richard D. Waters: Harassment in the Workplace: Violence, Ambivalence, and Derision Experienced by LGBT Strategic Communicators - Natalie T. J. Tindall: Invisible in a Visible Profession: The Social Construction of Workplace Identity and Roles Among Lesbian and Bisexual Public Relations Professionals - Lee Edwards and Jacquie L'Etang: Invisible and Visible Identities and Sexualities in Public Relations - Dean E. Mundy: One Agenda, Multiple Platforms: How 21st-Century LGBT Advocacy Organizations Navigate a Shifting Media Landscape to Communicate Messages of Equality - David Gudelunas: Sexual Minorities as Advertising Gatekeepers: Inside an Industry - Kristin Comeforo: Mis(sed) Representations: LGBT Imagery in Mainstream Advertising - Jacqueline Lambiase/Glenn Griffin/Kartik Pashupati: Symbolic Interactions in Sexual Scripts: Improvisation and Male Consumer Responses to Gay-Vague Advertising - Douglas J. Swanson: Neither Cold Nor Hot: Assessing Christian World Wide Web Sites That Target LGBT Publics - Brenda J. Wrigley: Gaffes, Glitches, and Gays: How Organizations Respond to LGBT Crises - Christopher Chávez/Katie R. Place: Absolut Vodka: Defining, Challenging, or Reinforcing Gay Identity? - Byron Lee: Who We Were Is Who We Are: Uses of History in Philadelphia's LGBT Tourism Marketing - Wan-Hsiu Sunny Tsai: Politicizing Gay Advertising: A Consumer Response Study - Hayley Cole: Strategically Framing Same-Sex Marriage: Lessons From California's 2008 «Proposition 8» Campaign - Erica Ciszek: Advocacy in the Digital Age: Participatory Media and the Empowerment of an LGBT Public - Laurie M. Phillips: From Unspeakable to Homosexual to Gay to LGBT: The Evolution of Research on Marketing's Most Controversial Market Segment - Richard D. Waters: Looking Back, Moving Forward: New Directions in LGBT Research.
Despite representing significant portions of the advertising, marketing, and public relations work force, the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered (LGBT) community has largely been ignored by scholarly research in strategic communications. With the exception of case studies that document strategies that can be used to secure the LGBT consumer dollar, little has been done to understand the LGBT community's experiences with strategic communications efforts. This edited volume fills this gap by sharing research on the impact and interaction of campaigns and programming from advertising, marketing, and public relations on internal (e.g., practitioners and employees) and external (e.g., consumers, activists) stakeholders from the LGBT community. Several chapters in this volume highlight a significant change in the focus of strategic communications that recognizes the long-term benefits of having legitimate partnerships; others, however, counter this optimistic trend by discussing the continued struggles of practitioners working in strategic communication and the LGBT community at large.