LGBTQ Americans in the U.S. Political System: An Encyclopedia of Activists, Voters, Candidates, and Officeholders, 1st Edition

  • Jason Pierceson
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  • ISBN-10: 1440852774
  • ISBN-13: 9781440852770
  • DDC: 920.0086
  • 720 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2020 | Published/Released January 2020
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2020

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This work provides a broad and authoritative survey of the ways that gay Americans are influencing the tenor and trajectory of U.S. politics at local, state, and national levels. An encyclopedic section thoroughly covers the individuals, organizations, cultural forces, political issues, and legal decisions that have combined to elevate the role of LGBTQ people at the ballot box, on the campaign trail, in Washington, and in mayors' offices, city councils, and school boards across the country. Reference essays on the rising prominence of gay Americans as voters, candidates, public officials, lawmakers, and opinion leaders provide further context for understanding their impact on modern U.S. political processes and institutions from the perspective of liberals and conservatives alike. Includes important primary source documents that illuminate landmark events, examine gay policy priorities and preferences, and showcase beliefs and experiences of prominent LGBTQ Americans in politics.