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The Path to Gay Rights: How Activism and Coming Out Changed Public Opinion

Jeremiah J. Garretson


Why Tolerance Triumphed is the first accessible, data-driven account of how the LGBTQ movement achieved its most unexpected victory---the liberalization of mass opinion on gay rights. The current academic understanding of how social movements change mass opinion---through sympathetic media coverage and endorsements from political leaders---cannot provide an adequate explanation for the phenomenal success of the LGBTQ movement at changing the public’s views. The book argues that these factors were not the direct cause of changing attitudes, but contributed indirectly by signalling to other LGBT ... More

Keywords: LGBTQ, social change, public opinion, gay, lesbian, social movements, ACT-UP, political psychology, television, popular culture

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9781479822133
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: January 2019 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9781479822133.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jeremiah J. Garretson, author
California State University-East Bay