The presentations in this session examine how LGBTQ and anti-LGBTQ political actors frame and understand the issues they take on. Kristie Bailey uses democratic theory to explore the successes and limits of the rights-based frames emphasized by the Human Rights Campaign in the United States, while Mary Bernstein, Nancy Naples, and Brenna Harvey look at Australia to see how LGBTQ activists there understand what concrete effects same-sex marriage rights might have on their future movement. Doug Cloud analyzes strategies used to show or hide anti-LGBTQ animus in same-sex marriage and “bathroom bill” debates, and Logan Casey’s presentation launches from these debates into a broader examination of disgust in anti-LGBTQ politics.
Kristie Bailey: “Human Rights Campaign: A Study in Democratic Agency” (full abstract)
Mary Bernstein, Nancy Naples, and Brenna Harvey: “Marriage, The Final Frontier? Same-Sex Marriage and the Future of the Lesbian and Gay Movement” (full abstract)
Doug Cloud: “Strategies for Concealing and Revealing Animus in Public Arguments about LGBTQ People: Lessons from the SSM Debate and ‘Bathroom Bill’ Discourse” (full abstract)
Logan Casey: “Love Wins, Sex Doesn’t: The Role of Disgust in Public Opinion and LGBTQ Politics” (full abstract)