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Listen, We Need to Talk: How to Change Attitudes about LGBT Rights

Brian F. Harrison and Melissa R. Michelson


While public opinion is typically stable over time, support for same-sex marriage increased from 35% to 61% between 2006 and 2016. It wasn’t just that older, more conservative people were dying and being replaced in the population by younger, more progressive people; people were changing their minds. Was this due to leadership from elites like President Barack Obama? To advocacy campaigns pushing for equal rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people? How does individual-level identity come into play? Given this uncharacteristic rate of attitudinal change, this book examines ... More

Keywords: LGBT rights, same-sex marriage, attitude change, political communication, experiment, identity politics, priming, social identity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780190654740
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2017 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190654740.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Brian F. Harrison, author
Lecturer in Political Science, Northwestern University

Melissa R. Michelson, author
Professor of Political Science, Menlo College