How – and why – QMJHL prospect Yanic Duplessis came out as gay



It was 2019, and Diane Dandurand couldn’t sleep. She knew something was troubling her teenage son, Yanic Duplessis. They were about as close as a parent and child could be. Sixteen years earlier, he was born six and a half weeks premature, and Diane always felt a bit more maternal or protective than your average mom. She knew Yanic so well that she could always detect even the slightest change in his mood. He wasn’t himself. He insisted he was fine, but her heart told her otherwise. He was typically such a happy kid.