Gay rights activism: collection action frames, networks, and protesting among gays, lesbians, and bisexuals

Eric Swank, Breanne Fahs

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Abstract

While sexual minorities have produced large and efficacious social movements in many countries, there are few systematic studies on why gays and lesbians join these movements. To address this void, this study created a unique sample of activist and non-activist listservs to identify some factors that inspired greater involvement in protests for gay and lesbian equality (n = 285). Through the use of binary logistic regression, this study highlights the importance of several contextual, framing, and demographic variables on the protesting actions of sexual minorities. In particular, the act of protesting for gay and lesbian rights was predicted by involvement in voluntary groups, the concealment of sexual orientations, a concern over institutionalized heterosexism, and the internalizing several sorts of activist identities. Finally, racial background, but not gender, age, or economic factors, was associated with attendance at gay and lesbian rights demonstrations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)430-447
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Civil Society
Volume12
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 2016

Keywords

  • Activism
  • gays and lesbians
  • heterosexism
  • political participation
  • sexual orientation
  • social identity
  • social movements

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science

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