Sport fans' impressions of gay male athletes

Jamonn Campbell, Denise Cothren, Ross Rogers, Lindsay Kistler, Anne Osowski, Nathan Michael Greenauer, Christian End

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Abstract

The purpose of this study was to examine sport fans' impressions of gay male athletes. Participants formed impressions of a fictional athlete from their favorite team after reading a short scenario about the player. The scenarios described the athlete as being gay or straight, and either becoming a distraction or not causing a distraction to the team. While males' ratings of the athlete did not significantly differ, female fans formed significantly more positive impressions of the gay male player than the straight athlete. These results are discussed in terms of the in group bias and the shifting culture of homophobia in sport.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)597-607
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Homosexuality
Volume58
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1 2011

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Campbell, J., Cothren, D., Rogers, R., Kistler, L., Osowski, A., Greenauer, N. M., & End, C. (2011). Sport fans' impressions of gay male athletes. Journal of Homosexuality, 58(5), 597-607. https://doi.org/10.1080/00918369.2011.563658
Campbell, Jamonn ; Cothren, Denise ; Rogers, Ross ; Kistler, Lindsay ; Osowski, Anne ; Greenauer, Nathan Michael ; End, Christian. / Sport fans' impressions of gay male athletes. In: Journal of Homosexuality. 2011 ; Vol. 58, No. 5. pp. 597-607.
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Campbell J, Cothren D, Rogers R, Kistler L, Osowski A, Greenauer NM et al. Sport fans' impressions of gay male athletes. Journal of Homosexuality. 2011 May 1;58(5):597-607. https://doi.org/10.1080/00918369.2011.563658