Nyx McLean (they/them) is a rated transdisciplinary researcher in LGBTIAQ+ identities, the internet and digital communities. They seek to trouble technology and imagine radically inclusive realities from a queer feminist intersectional position. Nyx is a Research Associate at Rhodes University in the School of Journalism
The Left Out Project: The case for an online gender-based violence framework inclusive of transgender, non-binary and gender-diverse experiences
This piece articulates the need for a deeper understanding of online violence to ensure that experiences of TNBGD people can be included and addressed. The research also nudges digital feminist activists, researchers, and advocates to intentionally design the work inclusive of LGBTQIA+ communities, and extend the idea of online violence to understand what happens within the LGBTQIA+ community…
Despite pushback from the LGBTQIA+ communities and human rights bodies around the world, Uganda has passed the Anti-Homosexuality Bill that puts the safety of LGBTQIA+ folks' at risk in the country by institutionalising discrimination against them. In this piece, the writers comment on this draconian law and its impact on those already living on the margins.
Where the LGBTQIA+ communities face discrimination across the spectrum, transgender, non-binary and gender diverse folks are discriminated against within the LGBTQIA+ spaces. Researchers Nyx McLean and Thurlo Cicero interrogate how TNBGD people experience this violence in four African countries.
As rich white men like Elon Musk own and control online platforms, these spaces are becoming more and more unwelcoming for queer and marginalised people. As individuals who have made and found communities in these spaces, should we leave our place on platforms like Twitter? Dr. Nyx McLean discusses.
In this article, Nyx McLean calls for a diverse representation of LGBTIAQ+ people and issues in the conversations around the internet, and for the adoption of an intersectional approach to organising the IGF.
The digital rights movement needs to become deliberately and intentionally inclusive. We need to actively engage with how technologies and the internet are racist, as well as how they perpetuate other oppressions through silence.