Pathways to political activism among Americans who have same-sex sexual contact

Eric Swank, Breanne Fahs

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Empirical systematic studies on political activism among self-identified sexual minorities are sparse and underdeveloped. When using three waves of a random national survey of respondents who have sex with people of the same sex (N=184), this study tested the predictive capabilities of "resource," "framing," and "network" theories of political participation. After running discriminant analysis regressions for electoral and protest activities, the potency of eclectic and integrative models became apparent. With many resource, framing, and network variables reaching statistical significance, the results suggest that activism is partly contingent upon changing political environments and the educational attainment of the respondents, as well as their interpretations of heterosexism, authoritarian principles, the collective efficacy of citizens, the number of civic groups they joined, and the embracing of activist precepts as their own.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)126-138
Number of pages13
JournalSexuality Research and Social Policy
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 2011


  • Activism
  • Collective behavior
  • Gay rights
  • Homosexuality
  • Lesbian rights
  • Political participation
  • Social identity
  • Social movements

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Health(social science)
  • Sociology and Political Science


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