Roddrick A. Colvin
National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, New York, New York, U.S.A.
Policy entrepreneurs are often considered a critical component in policy process. While their role has been acknowledged as key players in agenda setting and adoption, very little systematic research exists on what policy entrepreneurs actually do. Furthermore, research on the role entrepreneurs play in advancing gay rights policy is virtually nonexistent. My research explores state-level antidiscrimination polices in the United States and asks the question, “What role do policy entrepreneurs play in the gay right policy arena?” Specifically, I am interested in whether entrepreneurs exist, in their actions and motivations, and in the environment in which they operate. To gather exploratory data about policy entrepreneurs, organizations that have been active in advancing gay rights were surveyed. In addition to a longstanding history with the gay rights movement, these organizations were selected, in part, for their uniform presence in each state. 1 Additionally, given the ideology and mission of both the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force (NGLTF) and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), policy entrepreneurs may have been active in these organizations. Finally, as a movement with over 30 years of recognized history, organizations like NGLTF and the