Does Visibility Actually Help?: Televised Popular Culture and Support for LGBT Causes
44 Pages Posted: 7 Apr 2011
Date Written: April 4, 2011
Currently the debate over rights for lesbians, gay men, bisexuals and transgendered (LGBT) individuals is one of the fastest changing in America today. While political scientists have found evidence that certain demographic differences and social contact affect change in political opinion, their has been no studies dealing with cultural reasons. Using a survey given to students at Oklahoma State University this paper attempts to discover whether televised popular culture has had an affect on public opinion on LGBT rights. The survey gives evidence that television does provide a parasocial contact that raises support for almost every aspect of the debate. Using this evidence a formal model is proposed for formulating the likelihood a person will be supportive of LGBT rights.
Keywords: gay rights, popular culture, public opinion, television
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