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History of Voting

Historical Background

Pink vote (also called the Lavender Vote) refers to the voting rights of gays and lesbians. So, every vote that a gay or lesbian can cast is referred to as the pink vote. Most prevalent in Britain, the concept has already spread to [US, where gays and lesbians are substantially more likely to vote democrat, and Canada with many other countries like South Africa and Australia starting to acknowledge it. The Pink Vote is now well-established across countries in Western Europe with gay and lesbian voters being notably more inclined to vote for social democratic parties over other right-wing parties and to be far more supportive of EU integration. In addition, there are socio-political movements and political groups formed by LGBT people who are linked to political parties.

Books from the General Collection


Special Collections

Mecklenburg Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Political Action Committee (MeckPAC) records - MeckPAC is a bi-partisan group that works to advance the issues that affect lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender members of the Mecklenburg County community. This group was founded to oust the "Gang of Five", who voted to stop public funding of the Arts and Science Council after the group staged "Angels in America". 

Sue Henry Papers - Sue Henry was a gay rights activist that opened the first gay and lesbian bookstore. Highlights of this collection include materials around her run for mayor and different newspaper articles and clippings from the bookstore's bulletin board that depicted the events of the 1980s and 1990s.