Gay Conservatives

Gay Conservatives : Group Consciousness and Assimilation

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Discover why LGBT voters support conservative political platforms that don't benefit the LGBT community

Recent studies show that the vast majority of the LGBT community considers itself politically liberally. Yet nearly 25% of all LGBT voters helped re-elect George W. Bush in 2004Â who are these people and why did they make that choice? Gay Conservatives examines why conservative LGBTs join political groups and support political candidates that not only don't favor policies that benefit the LGBT community, but in some cases, advocate prejudicial policies. This thought-provoking book looks at the impact of "group consciousness" on conservative LGBTs and how it affects political power and social construction.

Gay Conservatives uses both quantitative and qualitative studies that center on conservative LGBTs within in the LGBT community, while using data collected on liberal LGBTs for comparison purposes. Log Cabin Republicans and StoneWall Democrats in several cities were interviewed and an online survey of more than 1,000 LGBTs was conducted by the Gill Foundation in an effort to understand the political identity of conservative LGBTs and how it fits into the bigger picture in the LGBT community. The book examines how and why conservative LGBT activity conflicts with the general interests of the community, including the "constitutional" rights of LGBT individuals to marry, whether LGBTs should be allowed to serve openly in the United States military, and whether state and local governments should play a more significant role in dealing with hate crimes directed at the LGBT community.

Topics discussed in Gay Conservatives include:


group consciousness and minority identity

pluralism

David Truman

the homosexual identity stages

the history of the gay liberation movement

creating a group identity

the Mattachine Society

Stonewall

the impact of AIDS

the rise of "Queer Nation"

the difficulties of "coming out"

and much more

Gay Conservatives is an enlightening and educational read for anyone interested in politics and the political behavior of voters in the United States.
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  • Electronic book text | 162 pages
  • ROUTLEDGE
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 1135834318
  • 9781135834319

Table of contents

Acknowledgments

Chapter 1. Who Are Conservative LGBTs?

Questions

Terminology

Argument

Methodology

Purpose

Chapter 2. Review of Group Consciousness Theory

Pluralism

Political Behavior

Group Theory: Truman's Legacy

Group Consciousness

The Homosexual Identity Stages

Group Consciousness and Minority Identity

Chapter 3. Evolution and Impact of the LGBT Liberation Movement

Creating a Group Identity: World War IIÂ Origins of the Gay Movement

Delivery of New Radicalism: The Stonewall Rebellion

Combating AIDS: LGBT Activism

Assimilationists: The Beginnings of the Conservative LGBT Movement

Group Identification of Conservative LGBTs

Chapter 4. LGBT Group Consciousness

Difficulties of Coming Out (Rejection of Group Consciousness)

Questions

Interviews

The Instrument

Theory

Presentation of Data

Findings

Group Identity and Group Consciousness Findings

Conclusion

Chapter 5. LGBT Conservative Identity: Presentation of Data

Descriptive Differences

Descriptive Statistics

Binary Regression Results

Chapter 6. Reinventing Queer: Where Is the LGBT Community Headed?

Separation

Emancipation

Moralization

Assimilation

Reinvention

Appendix. Characteristics of the Sample

References

Index
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