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Listen, We Need to TalkHow to Change Attitudes about LGBT Rights$
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Brian F. Harrison and Melissa R. Michelson

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780190654740

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190654740.001.0001

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Marriage Equality and Other LGBT Issues in the United States

Marriage Equality and Other LGBT Issues in the United States

(p.27) 2 Marriage Equality and Other LGBT Issues in the United States
Listen, We Need to Talk

Brian F. Harrison

Melissa R. Michelson

Oxford University Press

Chapter 2 provides an overview of how attitudes and behaviors toward lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Americans have changed over time and a brief history of LGBT rights in the United States. It also includes a summary of how political science as a discipline has engaged with issues important to LGBT people, noting that it wasn’t until somewhat recently that gender and sexuality studies have been viewed as legitimate and included aspects of political science. Next, the chapter describes how randomized experiments work and the new insights they can provide for the study of political communication and identity politics, illustrated with details and results from an experiment from 2009. One of the central tenets of this work is the idea of pracademics, the notion that social science can and should engage with real-world practitioners to blend best practices in social science with practical, on-the-ground knowledge from advocates and organizations.

Keywords:   LGBT political science, history of LGBT rights, same-sex marriage, marriage equality, pracademics, social movement, experiment

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