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Queer Fans of Heavy Metal

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Statement of Consent

Identification of Researchers:

This research is being conducted by Amber R. Clifford, Ph.D., a faculty member of University of Central Missouri. This research is part of a long-term project on gender and heavy metal music. This project has been approved by the IRB of University of Central Missouri.

Purpose of the Study:

The goal of this study is to gather information about gender, sexuality, and sexual orientation among fans of heavy metal music. The research is aimed at formulating a better understanding of issues of gender among heavy metal fans, as well as examining the masculinity that heavy metal engenders. Objectives include identifying the lives of GLBTTQQIA+ heavy metal fans within heavy metal spaces.

Description of Research Method:

This study involves completing a short survey. The survey will ask you demographical questions such as: sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, country of origin, and age. The questions following are multiple choice survey questions and open ended questions regarding life as a queer fan of heavy metal music. This study will take about 20 minutes to finish. All results are anonymous and confidential, unless you select to consent to an interview at the end of the survey. Results will become property of the researcher.


All of the information collected will be anonymous. We will not record your name, or any information that could be used to identify you, unless you consent to an interview at the end of the survey. If you feel your privacy is at risk, please feel free to exit the survey now.

Explanation of Risks:

The risks associated with participating in this study are similar to the risks of everyday life.

Request for Participation:

You are invited to participate in a study on gender identity and sexual orientation among fans of heavy metal music. If you decide not to participate, you will not be penalized in any way. You can also decide to stop at any time without penalty. If you do not wish to answer the questions, you may simply skip them. You may withdraw your data at the end of the study. If you wish to do this, you can simply exit the survey and your answers will not be submitted. Once you turn in the survey materials, there will be no identifying information on your answers or subsequent results.


You must be at least 18 years of age, identify as GLBTTQQIA+, and be a fan of heavy metal to participate in this study.

Explanation of Benefits: You will benefit from participating in this study by getting firsthand experience in anthropological research. You may also enjoy completing the survey, and contributing to the growing scholarship on heavy metal and its fans.

Questions: If you have any questions about this study, please contact Dr. Clifford. She can be reached at or at (660) 543-4877. If you have any questions about your rights as a research participant, please contact the Human Subjects Protection Program at (660) 543-4621.

1. If you would like to participate, please select that you accept the terms of the survey and give your consent to participate in the research study.*
I accept the terms of the survey and give my consent to participate in the research study.
2. What is your sex?*
3. Please select your country:*
4. What is your gender identity and/or sexual orientation? Check all that apply.*
Queer or Genderqueer
Leather and/or BDSM
5. How "out" are you?*
6. Where do you live?*
7. Please select your age range.*