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Queering Representation

LGBTQ People and Electoral Politics in Canada

Political representation requires participation: voting, joining political parties, running as candidates, acting as politicians. Yet the election of openly LGBTQ people is a relatively recent phenomenon in the West. Queering Representation explores long-ignored issues relating to LGBTQ voters and politicians in Canada. What are the LGBTQ electorate’s characteristics and voting behaviours? What part do the media play in framing straight voters’ perceptions of out LGBTQ politicians? What pathways to power do LGBTQ politicians follow? Do they represent LGBTQ people and communities, and if so, how is this role articulated? And finally, how do Canadian party ideologies shape LGBTQ representation?

372 pages


Table of Contents

Foreword / Rev. Dr. Cheri DiNovo

Introduction

Part 1: LGBTQ Voters

1 Profile of the Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Electorate in Canada / Andrea M.L. Perrella, Steven D. Brown, and Barry Kay

2 Winning as a Woman/Winning as a Lesbian: Voter Attitudes toward Kathleen Wynne in the 2014 Ontario Election / Joanna Everitt and Tracey Raney

3 Media Framing of Lesbian and Gay Politicians: Is Sexual Mediation at Work? / Mireille Lalancette and Manon Tremblay

4 Electing LGBT Representatives and the Voting System in Canada / Dennis Pilon

Part 2: LGBTQ Representatives

5 LGBT Groups and the Canadian Conservative Movement: A New Relationship? / Frédéric Boily and Ève Robidoux-Descary

6 Liberalism and the Protection of LGBT Rights in Canada / Brooke Jeffrey

7 A True Match? The Federal New Democratic Party and LGBTQ Communities and Politics / Alexa DeGagne

8 Representation: The Case of LGBTQ People / Manon Tremblay

9 Pathway to Office: The Eligibility, Recruitment, Selection, and Election of LGBT Candidates / Joanna Everitt, Manon Tremblay, and Angelia Wagner

10 LGBTQ Perspectives on Political Candidacy in Canada / Angelia Wagner

11 Out to Win: The ProudPolitics Approach to LGBTQ Electoralism / Curtis Atkins

12 LGBT Place Management: Representative Politics and Toronto’s Gay Village / Catherine J. Nash and Andrew Gorman-Murray

Afterword: The Champion / Graeme Truelove

Index

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