Insert Name of Openly Gay Hockey Player Here: Attitudes Towards Homosexuality Among Canadian Male Major Midget AAA Ice Hockey Players

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This article examines attitudes towards homosexuality among male Major Midget AAA ice hockey players in Canada. Qualitative and quantitative surveys, interviews, and a social media content analysis were used to identify and analyze the ways in which the players perceive sexual orientation in a hockey context. This level presents a unique opportunity for investigation because the players, typically between the ages of fifteen and eighteen, find themselves at the intersection of a generation that is relatively inclusive of the queer community and a sport that can be said to encourage heterosexism. Informed by theories of masculinity and sport, the study situates itself within a body of literature that is divided regarding the current status of homophobia in sport.

MacDonald is with the Faculty of Education, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada.

Address author correspondence to Cheryl A. MacDonald at cheymacdonald@gmail.com.
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