The Friends and Family Plan: Assessing the Impact of Knowing Someone Gay on Support for Gay Rights
33 Pages Posted: 1 Sep 2008
Date Written: August 2008
Objective. I estimate the impact of knowing someone gay on acceptance of homosexuality and support for gay rights. Method. Logit analyses on individual-level data from 27 national surveys control for demographic and political variables that predict both acquaintance with lesbians, gay men, and bisexuals (LGBs) and support for gay rights. Findings. Knowing LGBs affects beliefs on the morality of homosexual relations, employment discrimination, gays in the military, sodomy laws, and same-sex marriage. Conclusion. Coming out remains an important strategy in the battle for gay rights.
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