Robert W. Bailey|
(January 27, 1951 - November 22, 2001) U.S.A.
Political scientist; commentator on LGB politics
Robert W. Bailey was one of the founders of the Gay and Lesbian Caucus of the American Political Science Association in 1988. His partner was Brian O'Dell
Bailey was professor of public policy and administration at Rutgers University - Camden. Until his death, he was one of the foremost authorities in the United States on GLBT voting patterns in presidential and congressional elections from the 1990s on.
He authored the ground-breaking book Gay Politics, Urban Politics (1999), which charts the growth of the gay vote in mayoral elections in various American cities. As a consultant to the New York City Districting Commission in 1990, Bailey was the principal technical author in creating a district that could elect an openly GLBT Councilmember. (That seat was later won by Tom Duane, the first openly gay man on the City Council, who was succeeded by Christine Quinn, a lesbian who became City Council Speaker).