Scholars have debated how descriptive representation might operate as a vehicle for furthering minority rights. Rarely discussed in this literature is the role that the election of LGBTQIA+ politicians can have on overall approval of LGBTQIA+ rights within a country. This study aims to identify the various effects that LGBTQIA+ sexual minority federal representatives in Latin America have on public opinion on pro-LGBTQIA+ policies. Using a multi-year, cross-national survey of eleven Latin American countries my study tests whether the election of a LGBTQIA+ representative is related to more progressive views on same-sex marriage. This study finds that the election of a LGBTQIA+ representative is one of many significant factors that positively effects views on same-sex marriage.
Genners, Danica, "You've Got a Friend in Me: The Effects of LGBTQIA+ Legislators on Same-Sex Partnership Rights in Latin America" (2018). Senior Independent Study Theses. Paper 8218.
Comparative Politics | Latin American Studies
representation, sexual orientation, Latin America, public opinion
Bachelor of Arts
Senior Independent Study Thesis
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