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date: 26 June 2022

Beliefs and Stereotypes About LGBT Peoplelocked

Beliefs and Stereotypes About LGBT Peoplelocked

  • Gary R. HicksGary R. HicksDepartment of Mass Communications, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

Summary

The public’s perception of, beliefs about, and interest in LGBT individuals and the issues impacting them has long had great significance to the community’s social, political, and legal progress. The last decade has seen monumental changes in public attitudes about LGBT people and the laws that affect them in the United States and around the world. Much of this change has been positive, including the landmark Supreme Court decision to legalize same-sex marriage. In some parts of the world—even those that have witnessed great strides for LGBT equality—there have also been signs of a backlash against the community’s newfound rights and visibility in society. Stereotypes of LGBT individuals, mostly negative, have been responsible for much of this reaction, as well as their historically negative view in by the public. In the 20th and 21st centuries, the mass media has played a major role in creating and perpetuating these stereotypes.

Subjects

  • Groups and Identities
  • Public Opinion

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