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Explaining the sexuality gap in protest participation.

Authors
  • Swank, Eric1
  • 1 a School of Humanities, Arts and Cultural Studies , Arizona State University , Glendale , Arizona , USA.
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of homosexuality
Publication Date
Nov 16, 2017
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1080/00918369.2017.1406210
PMID: 29144847
Source
Medline
Keywords
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Abstract

This study investigated the relationship between sexual orientations and the protest actions of adults in the United States. Drawing from General Social Survey data from 1996 to 2004, we found that lesbians, gays, and bisexuals were more than twice as likely to protest as heterosexuals. To account for this sexuality gap, we used Patrick Egan's (2008) political distinctiveness theories to identify possible underlying causes of these protesting differences. After running several regressions, we found that sexuality and protesting relationships were moderated by issues of educational attainment, marital statuses, metropolitan residencies, political partisanships, governmental grievances, and gender role expectations.

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