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March 9th, 2021

Political Science Group Advising and Information Session

Political Science Group Advising and Information Session

Group advising and information session for students interested in Political Science courses for the Fall 2021 semester.

Location

Virtual

Date & Time

March 9 - 11:30am - 12:30pm

March 25th, 2021

“LGBTQ Politicians and Elections” virtual talk and Q&A with Dr. Gabriele Magni

“LGBTQ Politicians and Elections” virtual talk and Q&A with Dr. Gabriele Magni

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.

Date & Time

March 25 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm

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