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New research finds that gay men and lesbian women are disproportionately represented in the anti-war and environmental movements. Social activism is on the rise, especially on the political left. But who are the people who actually get off the couch and devote time and effort to supporting a cause? Disproportionately, they are gay men and lesbian women. That’s the conclusion of newly published research, which analyzed the sexual orientation of activists in a variety of causes, both liberal and conservative. “Lesbians, gays, and bisexuals were more than twice as likely as heterosexuals to join anti-war, environmental, and anti-corporate movements,” writes Eric Swank of Arizona State University. This may reflect the fact that they are “more aware, and less accepting, of social inequalities than heterosexuals.”

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