Virtual Lecture and Q&A

Dr. Gabriele Magni, Assistant Professor
Loyola Marymount University

The number of openly LGBTQ candidates running for office has reached unprecedented numbers in recent years. A record number of candidates were elected to the US Congress in 2020, and the presidential primary of an openly gay man, Pete Buttigieg, caught fire far more than most observers predicted. In the same year, New Zealand elected the queerest parliament in the world, white the House of Commons in the UK has about 60 openly LGBTQ members. But do voters (still) penalize LGBTQ candidates? I present original survey experiments with nationally representative samples in the United States, United Kingdom and New Zealand. To varying degrees voters penalize LGBTQ candidates in all countries, with penalties strongest in the US. Yet, progressives, people with LGBTQ friends, and non-religious individuals do not discriminate against gays and lesbians, while transgender candidates face stronger bias. Electability concerns, prejudice, and identity cueing explain voter bias. This study contributes to the literature on minority candidates and disentangles correlated candidate attributes, exploring the intersectionality of bias. Understanding the barriers to the election of LGBT people is crucial to improve the representation of marginalized communities.

Gabriele Magni, PhD, Loyola Marymount University

Dr. Gabriele MagniGabriele Magni is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. He earned his Ph.D. from UNC-Chapel Hill and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Princeton University. His research explores how social context and group identities influence political preferences, behavior and representation in advanced democracies. One stream of his work examines the representation of LGBTQ individuals and the experiences of LGBTQ candidates. Another stream examines how economic hardship and inequality shape cooperation and solidarity toward native citizens and immigrants. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in theAmerican Political Science Review, the British Journal of Political Science, and the Journal of Politics, among others. He has also written for The Washington Post, Politico and The New Republic, and his work has been covered by The New York Times, The Washington Post, FiveThirtyEight, NBC News and Reuters.


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