Online Framing of LGBT’s Community Against the Brazilian’s “Gay Cure”: The Judiciary and the Question of Democratic Legitimacy
These two events reveal a great disparity in terms of democratic legitimacy. When trying to pass through Congress, civil society’s pressures managed to stop democratically-elected representatives of revoking the bill. However, since judges do not worry about the electorate, the suspension of the law was enforced despite the mobilization against it. Hence, we argue that, although the Brazilian judiciary might have a democratic deficit in certain decisions, thanks to online power dynamics it is becoming easier for civil society to question them and pressure for a more democratic debate.
The decreasing cost of informational diffusion facilitates marginalized groups to pressure the government, propagating their voices through online activism, and even organizing protests. Thus, this paper will focus specifically on how the LGBT community frames the issue in order to pressure the government and gather supporters. Although a few framing studies have focused on the online aspect of framing, there is still a gap of empirical studies using quantitative analysis with Big Data to focus on how social movements frame issues. Therefore, using Network Analysis allied with qualitative and quantitative textual analysis of the Twitter debate of the issue both in 2013 and in 2017, we will analyze how the community might have framed the issue differently after the undemocratic judiciary decision.