Type of Thesis
Dr. Janet Donavan
Dr. Jennifer Fitzgerald
Dr. Emmanuel David
Dr. Diane Sasnett-Martichuski
The two party system in United States politics belies the complexity and nuance of political identity. Understanding the partisan psychopolitical behavior of lesbian, gay, and bisexual U.S. citizens informs our collective understanding of the American political tradition. There is currently a scarcity of literature on the topic of LGB political partisanship. This thesis draws out the complex nature between human beings and their partisan behavior, or lack thereof. Data collected from 10 partisan LGB U.S. citizens in tandem with quantitative models drawn from General Social Survey variables suggest that an identity based model is the best predictor of partisanship in LGB Americans over the age of 35. Data demonstrates a model based on socialization is the best predictor of partisanship for Millennial LGB American citizens. This thesis further identifies the intricate role that social and economic modeling has on LGB partisanship.
Context matters. History and demography have impacted the “political” LGB community uniquely over the past three generations. Prior to the Millennial generation, a gay person could indeed be political, but a political person couldn't be gay.
Mcinerney, John, "Visceral, Teetering, and Imperfect - Three Generations of Partisans; Three Generations of Gay and Lesbian Americans" (2018). Undergraduate Honors Theses. 1542.