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New publication: L. Constantin Wurthmann: German gays go green? Voting behaviour of lesbians, gays, and bisexuals in the 2021 German federal election

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Wurthmann, L. Constantin. 2023. "German Gays Go Green? Voting Behaviour of Lesbians, Gays, and Bisexuals in the 2021 German Federal Election." Electoral Studies. doi:

Previous analyses have shown the existence of a sexuality gap in voting behaviour between those who identify as lesbian, gay, or bisexual (LGB), and those who identify as heterosexual (Hertzog 1996). On the basis of these findings, it is generally assumed that LGBs vote primarily for liberal and left-wing parties because they are most likely to represent the group's interests in the political space. Using the 2021 German federal election as a case study, this article provides substantial findings, showing that, when controlled for the ideological proximity between voters and parties, sexuality affects in several ways how LGBs identify with and vote for parties in Germany. Positive effects can be demonstrated for the Greens, the Left, and – in contrast to previous assumptions – the far-right AfD. This is the first study to examine systematically the voting behaviour of LGBs and heterosexuals in Germany.