Willingness to speak out about gay law reform: Some cause for optimism

Hornsey, M. J., Terry, D. J. and McKimmie, B. A. (2004) Willingness to speak out about gay law reform: Some cause for optimism. Journal of Homosexuality, 47 2: 47-61. doi:10.1300/J082v47n02_03

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Author Hornsey, M. J.
Terry, D. J.
McKimmie, B. A.
Title Willingness to speak out about gay law reform: Some cause for optimism
Journal name Journal of Homosexuality   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0091-8369
Publication date 2004-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1300/J082v47n02_03
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 47
Issue 2
Start page 47
End page 61
Total pages 15
Editor J. De Cecco
Place of publication Binghampton, NY
Publisher Haworth Press
Language eng
Subject C1
380105 Social and Community Psychology
780108 Behavioural and cognitive sciences
Abstract We examined the extent to which people's private attitudes to gay law reform are influenced by the attitudes of others. Ninety-six university students were told that they were either in a minority or in a majority relative to their university group on their attitudes to gay law reform. Contrary to a number of assumptions made in the social psychological literature, participants who supported gay law reform were more prepared to act in line with their attitudes than were those who opposed gay law reform. Furthermore, anti-gay law reform participants appeared to reassess their attitudes when they were told they were in a minority; in contrast, pro-gay law reform participants were Unaffected by the group norm. This suggests that anti-gay law reform attitudes are softer and more easily influenced than are pro-gay law reform attitudes. The implications of these results for activists are discussed. (C) 2004 by The Haworth Press, Inc. All rights reserved.
Keyword Psychology, Multidisciplinary
Social Sciences, Interdisciplinary
Gay Law Reform
Normative Influence
Spiral Of Silence
Q-Index Code C1

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