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Department

Sociology

Disciplines

Gender and Sexuality | Politics and Social Change

Abstract

This study conducts a content analysis with the use of NVivo software of the local news outlet, Idaho Statesman, and its articles from 1999-2012. This research focuses on two specific sexual orientation policy debates: hate crime prevention and the Boise city ordinance. These issues highlight examples of framing. The findings from this analysis highlight how a media can play a supporting role for LGBTQ advocates through liberal and moderate frames by taking on an assimilationist approach to inclusion. This research adds to the literature on the role of newspapers in mediating public discussion and has larger impacts of how public debates over sexual orientation policies are changing in character and in tone since the mid-1990s.

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Faculty Mentor

Dr. Rosie Conley-Estrada