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Velvet Mafia

  • By: Stephen Hocker
  • In: Encyclopedia of Identity
  • Edited by: Ronald L. Jackson II & Michael A. Hogg
  • Subject:Self & Identity, Identity, Self & Identity

The Velvet Mafia, or Gay Mafia, is an imprecise term that refers to either a secret cadre of powerful gay elites believed to control the fashion and entertainment industries or the amorphous collection of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) rights and advocacy groups that work to repeal discriminatory laws and change social attitudes toward LGBT people. No one claims to be a member of the social group Velvet Mafia or Gay Mafia; rather, the Velvet Mafia or Gay Mafia ...

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