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Friends of Pride: Mobilizing Individual and Organizational Allies in Different Political and Cultural Contexts

Conference contribution
Authors Mattias Wahlström
Abby Peterson
Published in Paper presented at the conference "Proud In Europe? LGBTI Emancipation in Comparative Perspective", 4-5 August, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Publication year 2016
Published at Department of Sociology and Work Science
Centre for European Research (CERGU)
Language en
Subject categories Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)


In this paper we investigate what we call the ‘friends of Pride’, that is, individuals and groups that are acting as direct supporters or allies of an LGBT movement, but who do not stand to directly benefit from the success of its goal accomplishment. Departing from interviews with Pride parade organizers, which interrogated their mobilizing strategies, comparisons of cases allow us to elaborate on the impact of different mobilizing contexts on the participation of LGBT allies, both elite and mass. We also highlight core dilemmas and internal conflicts in LGBT movements concerning existing or aspiring ‘friends’. Can friends be too friendly?

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