Publication Date

2017-08-11

Availability

Open access

Embargo Period

2017-08-11

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

Latin American Studies (Arts and Sciences)

Date of Defense

2017-05-08

First Committee Member

Merike Blofield

Second Committee Member

Laura Gomez-Mera

Third Committee Member

Steven Butterman

Abstract

This thesis explores the current cross-national variation in Latin American LGBT rights since the beginning of the pink tide. I create the Latin American LGBT Rights Index that empirically measures each nation’s LGBT rights policies and use the index to quantitatively examine several economic, cultural, and political variables’ effects on LGBT policy outcomes. This work includes a multivariate panel analysis and qualitative case studies of Argentina, Brazil, and Nicaragua to examine how the left shift has had divergent outcomes on LGBT right in Latin America. I conclude this work with recommendations for further research.

Keywords

LGBT Rights; Latin American LGBT Rights

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