LGBTI rights and the 2017 German national election

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Abstract

This article examines the 2017 German national election through the lens of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) interests. It depicts the ways in which sexual minorities articulated their policy preferences, the degree to which these positions were taken up in party platforms and electoral discourse, and the extent to which the resulting coalition agreement pledged to address queer citizens' concerns. I argue that, as a result of what Sarah Childs and Mona Lena Krook call a critical actor, this election provided sexual minorities with a high degree of responsiveness on one core issue: marriage equality. Other issues of interest to LGBTI voters, however, remained largely invisible. The conclusions here are based on analysis of primary documents including interest group statements, party platforms, and coalition agreements, as well as on German-language news coverage of the election campaign.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)27-54
Number of pages28
JournalGerman Politics and Society
Volume36
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2018

Keywords

  • Critical actors
  • Intersex
  • LGBT
  • Same-sex marriage
  • Sexual minorities
  • Transgender

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • History
  • Sociology and Political Science

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