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The Lavender Vote: Lesbians, Gay Men, and Bisexuals in American Electoral Politics

The Lavender Vote: Lesbians, Gay Men, and Bisexuals in American Electoral Politics (Hardback)

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In the quarter century since the Stonewall riots in New York City's Greenwich Village launched the national gay-rights movement in earnest, LGB voters have steadily expanded their political influence. The Lavender Vote is the first full- length examination of lesbians, gay men, and bisexuals as a factor in American elections. Mark Hertzog here describes the differences in demographics, attitudes, and voting behavior between self-identified bisexuals and homosexuals and the rest of the voting population. He shows that lavender self- identifiers comprise a distinctive voting bloc equal in numbers to Latino voters, more liberal across the board on domestic social issues (though not necessarily on economic or national security issues) than non-gay voters, and extremely unified in high-salience elections. Further, lavender voters, contrary to popular belief, are up for grabs between the two major parties.

Offering a clear and thorough explanation of LGB voting tendencies, this volume will be must-reading for elected officials, candidates for office, and all those interested in learning about LGB voters.

History & PoliticsPolitics & governmentPolitical control & freedomsHuman rightsLGBT & Gender StudiesGay & Lesbian studiesPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesSocial groups Publisher: New York University Press Publication Date: 01/08/1996 ISBN-13: 9780814735299  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Mark Hertzog, Ph.D., is founder and executive director of the Heartland Project.

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