Intergroup contact as the missing link between LGB rights and sexual prejudice

Górska, P., van Zomeren, M. & Bilewicz, M., Nov-2017, In : Social Psychology. 48, 6, p. 321-334 14 p.

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Although research has revealed that more progressive LGB (lesbian, gay, and bisexual) rights are positively associated with more favorable attitudes toward sexual minorities, little is known about why LGB rights co-occur with positive attitudes. The present contribution fills this gap by testing whether the prevalence of intergroup contact with LGB individuals explains the relationship between more progressive LGB rights and sexual prejudice. Utilizing representative Eurobarometer data from 28 European Union Member States, we find that progressive institutional arrangements positively predict favorable attitudes toward sexual minorities by rendering intergroup contact with LGB individuals more commonplace. Importantly, this pattern of findings replicates for different measures of prejudice and LGB-related legislation. The theoretical and practical implications of the current findings are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)321-334
Number of pages14
JournalSocial Psychology
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Nov-2017


  • institutional stigma, intergroup contact, sexual prejudice, sexual stigma, LGB rights, EUROPEAN COUNTRIES, STRUCTURAL STIGMA, COLLECTIVE ACTION, HOMOSEXUALITY, ATTITUDES, FRIENDSHIPS, FRAMEWORK, HEALTH, EAST, GAY

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