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What explains diverging attitudes toward LGBTQ+ rights among right-wing parties in Europe? Driven by changing social values and declining religiosity, the center right has largely embraced gay rights. The religious right, whose voters remain devout, maintains its biblically rooted opposition to LGBTQ+ rights. The radical right is split. In Western Europe and Scandinavia, it has embraced the rhetoric of gay rights as a dog whistle of islamophobia to justify anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant policies. When gay rights are seen as a 'foregn' value, such as in Eastern and Southern Europe, the radical right opposes gay rights. Right-wing parties across the board are much less likely to embrace trans rights. Light refreshments provided.
Please note that the lecture is on Thursday, March 30 at the University YMCA . Please see here for information on the community meeting on Friday, March 31.