Week 15 – Dissertation

My dissertation module, Communication Futures has come to a close. I’ve been working on my dissertation, “Queer Communication” for one semester and I’m really happy with what I have achieved. I have researched and produced a 37-page magazine that covers relevant topics to the Scottish LGBTQ community in the last 70 years. I started by covering the entire timeline of events, to set the scene and get all my readers onto the same page. One of the aims of the magazine was to help young LGBTQ people gain the perspective of older people. Sometimes I feel like there can be an overreaction and a constant sense of misery when we should be able to celebrate the amazing things that have happened since 1950.

I wrote about the history of Edinburgh in particular as I envisioned that this magazine would be independently produced and sold in LGBTQ bookshops in Edinburgh. I also value having local knowledge of the cities history, often we can be really upset by things that take place in other countries. I wrote an article detailing some well known and some not well known LGBTQ symbols and icons. This article was planned to have value for LGBTQ and non-LGBTQ people, with the more obscure icons entertaining even myself.

My final article in the magazine was focused on “Section 28”. Section 28 was put into action in 1988 and made “the promotion of homosexuality by local authorities”. This bill caused a large effect on all sorts of places across the country. The bill was so vague that it was inconsistently applied and influenced how LGBTQ people were seen and even influenced the two party debate in the UK at the time.

Overall the magazine was designed to be read by LGBTQ individuals but be open enough for them to pass it onto a family member or friend as a conversation point. The message of the magazine was understanding where you’ve come from so you can be better informed about the current situation. Many young LGBTQ people are often very defensive of their identity but if you look even 10 years ago why it becomes much clearer why this attitude still exists today. Researching this topic really has helped to give me more of a background on how humans can express their personal and social identities and it is a strong piece of writing to refer to in the future.