“An out gay man in the parliament”: New aspects in the study of LGBTQ politicians’ media coverage

Gilad Greenwald, Sharon Haleva-Amir, Amit Kama

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Abstract

This study identifies how three prominent Israeli online newspapers frame gay Members of Knesset (Israeli parliament) and cabinet ministers. 2019 was chosen since the number of gay MKs reached a historic milestone of representation. The study employed a mixed-methods design, combining descriptive statistics, based on a quantitative content analysis, with a thematic qualitative analysis. 1015 retrieved news items constituted the initial database. They were divided into two categories: “Gay relevant” (items explicitly referring to, or mentioning the politician’s sexual orientation); or “Gay irrelevant” (all other items), to thematically focus on the Gay relevant items (N = 159). Six themes were then identified: Novelty; LGBTQ Political Representation; Private Sphere; Homophobia; Community Recognition and Rights; and Incongruity. Findings revealed that elite newspaper coverage is similar to popular ones; cabinet ministers’ framing is more neutral compared to junior MKs; and liberal MKs are framed differently than conservative ones.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3-20
Number of pages18
JournalMedia, Culture and Society
Volume46
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2024
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • Israel
  • LGBTQ
  • gay politicians
  • media framing
  • political representation

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