Journal of Homosexuality
Building on psychological theories of motivation for collective action, we introduce a new individual difference measure of queer consciousness, defined as a politicized collective identity around sexual orientation. The Queer Consciousness Scale (QCS) consists of 12 items measuring five aspects of a politicized queer identity: sense of common fate, power discontent, system blame, collective orientation, and cognitive centrality. In four samples of adult women and men of varied sexual orientations, the QCS showed good test-retest and Cronbach’s reliability and excellent known-groups and predictive validity. Specifically, the QCS was positively correlated with identification as a member of the LGBTQ community, political liberalism, personal political salience, and LGBTQ activism and negatively correlated with right-wing authoritarianism and social dominance orientation. QCS mediated relationships between several individual difference variables and gay rights activism and can be used with both LGBTQ people and allies.
group consciousness, LGBTQ, personal political salience, political consciousness, politicized collective identity, queer, sexual orientation
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Duncan, Lauren E.; Mincer, Elizabeth; and Dunn, Sarah R., "Assessing Politicized Sexual Orientation Identity: Validating the Queer Consciousness Scale" (2017). Psychology: Faculty Publications, Smith College, Northampton, MA.