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Autobiographies by gay athletes?

Unread postPosted: 3 February 2019, 21:03
by Johan Steen

My name is Johan, and I'm considering writing my master's thesis on autobiographies by male gay athletes in which they in some way discuss their coming out to the world.

Over the last ten years or so, more and more athletes are coming out as gay (which is amazing), and this puts them in an interesting position, where they almost have to reposition themselves in the minds of their fans. Some athletes seem to do this through autobiographies where they explain why they haven't come out until now, and what carrying around the secret of their sexuality has done to them.

However, there doesn't seem to be a list anywhere of autobiographies that meet my criteria. So I turn to you, in an attempt to find as many examples of this particular subgenre of autobiographies as possible.

The autobiographies I'm looking for must:
1. Be about a gay athlete (doesn't matter if they're retired or not).
2. Include thoughts on them coming out.
3. Be written by the athlete themselves.
(However if any of you know about autobiographies by other more or less famous people who have come out after becoming famous, that might work too).

So far I've found:
- "Proud" by Gareth Thomas
- "Coming Out to Play" by Robbie Rogers
- "Come What May: The Autobiography" by Donal Og Cusack

I'm hoping there are a few more, that I've missed - do you know any?



Re: Autobiographies by gay athletes?

Unread postPosted: 5 February 2019, 17:51
by Capt._Trips
Wrestling Reality: The Life and Mind of Chris Kanyon, Wrestling's Gay Superstar.

Be was a professional wrestler who came out in 2004. Then claimed they blackballed him from wrestling.
Ended up committing suicide in 2010. He did have a co author help write it though.

Hope that sorta what your looking for. :)