What is it about?

This study looks at how North American men feel about entering friendships with men of a different sexual orientation than themselves. There is discussion around masculinity and social scripts, and how, generally, men are open to these types of relationships.

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Why is it important?

Our findings show a general openness on the part of gay and straight men to enter friendships with one another. There are some interesting and optimistic perspectives brought forth that shed light on the fact that we are not quite there yet as a society, but that awareness and normalization will help us get there.


It was an absolute pleasure engaging in this research and writing this article. I gained a lot of knowledge around the scripts that are ascribed to men in our society, and I hope that this article is a starting point for further discussion around masculinity and friendship.

Samantha Johnston

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This page is a summary of: Normalizing gay and straight male friendships: A qualitative analysis of beliefs and attitudes in Canada and the United States., Psychology of Men & Masculinity, April 2021, American Psychological Association (APA), DOI: 10.1037/men0000333.
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