Social activism is more common among LGBT+ people


No surprise that it is easier to be an LGBT activist when you are a member of this community yourself. Being a member of some marginalized community means everyday advocacy, whether you like it or not, whether you want it or not. We are teaching, we are educating, we are raising awareness and breaking stereotypes. We have to show the world who we really are when they want to see nothing rather than what they think we are (which usually does not mean anything good). ) But it turns out that the members of the rainbow community are campaigning not only for their own rights. LGB people were also significantly more likely than their heterosexual counterparts to be involved in environmental, peace and Occupy Wall Street activist movements. The study, published in the journal Social Science Research, analyzed the American National Election Surveys of 2012, with data from 3,519 people. There was also higher participation by LGB people in the feminist and racial justice movements, as well as a lower participation rate in the Tea Party and anti-abortion movements. Rates of activism were low across all the survey respondents, with just 0.9 percent of heterosexuals involved in any kind of social movement and 4.6 percent of LGB respondents participating in activism.


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