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Biju. P. R, Gayathri O

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1Biju. P. R, 2Gayathri O
1. Assistant Professor and H o D, Department of Political Science, Government Brennen College, Kerala.
2. Assistant Professor and H o D, Department of Political Science, Government College Madappally, Kerala.

P.R., Biju., and Gayathri O. "QUEER ACTIVISM ON INTERNET." Int. j. of Social Science and Economic Research, vol. 3, no. 8, Aug. 2018, pp. 4023-4040, Accessed Aug. 2018.
P.R., B., & O, G. (2018, August). QUEER ACTIVISM ON INTERNET. Int. j. of Social Science and Economic Research, 3(8), 4023-4040. Retrieved from
P.R., Biju., and Gayathri O. "QUEER ACTIVISM ON INTERNET." Int. j. of Social Science and Economic Research 3, no. 8 (August 2018), 4023-4040. Accessed August, 2018.

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Internet is providing opportunities for sexual minorities. It is a place for activism of the kind least heard. Sexual minorities network on it. Building social capital, disseminating information, protesting, the use of Internet for the cause of sexual minorities is enormous. In the West, studies on the interplay between LGBT and Internet has already claimed considerable acceptance. There is huge literature existing on this area. In a society where things related to one's sexuality cannot be openly acknowledged, since oppression and shaming is so high. In such a situation, a place like Internet, where people can communicate by secrecy can heavily contribute to people who wanted to communicate their sexuality and problems related it intimate elements in life. Here comes the social significance of Internet for sexual minorities. In India, there is a dearth of scholarship. This area of research hasn't so far found any visibility in academia and public sphere in India. Their issues need more attention and acknowledgement. This paper investigates the trends emerging in the trajectory of queer movement in India and the diffusion of Internet in to almost all social spaces. The paper identifies some concerns as well the prospects of Internet for the cause of queer movement in India.