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Book Chapter


Youth culture depicts a form of culture that is distinct from "adult" culture and one that is marked by "youthfulness." Depictions of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer youth cultures include bar and club scenes, raving, and cyberspace. Cinematic portrayals of these youth cultures include the Taiwanese film of gay teenagers in Boys for Beauty (China 1998), the film of lesbian youth culture in Go Fish (USA 1994), of queer youth culture and schools in Queer Geography: Mapping Our Identities (USA 2001), and the Icelandic film depicting gay and lesbian teenagers, Straight Out (2003, Dir. Hrafnhildure Gunnarsdottir and Thorvaldur Kristinnson). Other depictions of youth cultures include XIY Magazine, television programs such as the American version of Queer as Folk, which includes episodes showing the coming out of Justin, a white teenager; and Web sites such as queertoday. com and Scholarship specifically on LGBTQ youth cultures is dominated by North American authors.