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The path to gay rights : how activism and coming out changed public opinion

Author: Jeremiah J Garretson
Publisher: New York : New York University Press, [2018]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"An innovative, data-driven explanation of how public opinion shifted on LGBTQ rights The Path to Gay Rights is the first social science analysis of how and why the LGBTQ movement achieved its most unexpected victory--transforming gay people from a despised group of social deviants into a minority worthy of rights and protections in the eyes of most Americans. The book weaves together a narrative of LGBTQ history  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jeremiah J Garretson
ISBN: 9781479822133 1479822132 9781479850075 1479850071
OCLC Number: 1003489398
Description: v, 297 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: Part I. Introduction --
A transformed society : LGBT rights in the United States --
Understanding affective liberalization --
Part II. A prelude to change : LGBT movement development and political integration --
The spread and intensification of gay and lesbian identities --
The capture of the Democratic Party and the Clinton victory --
Part III. Public response and the nature of social change --
Issue evolution? : gay politics in the early Clinton years --
Coming out, entertainment television, and the youth revolt --
The persistence of political conflict over gay rights --
Part IV. Looking toward the future --
The global shift in attitudes toward homosexuality --
Social change in liberal democracies --
Appendix 1. Additional information on statistical methods --
Appendix 2. Additional information on data and variable coding.
Responsibility: Jeremiah J. Garretson.

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