Esera Tuaolo will talk on Wed., Apr. 9, at 7pm in the UC Hamilton Room. Tuaolo, a former Green Bay Packer, is one of very few professional football players to come out as gay. The talk is part of Pride Week and is sponsored by the PB Poorman PRIDE Resource Center.You can read more about Tuaolo’s appearance in the LGBT (Task) Force‘s blog.
Tuaolo’s autobiography, Alone in the trenches: My life as a gay man in the NFL, is available in Andersen Library’s 3rd-floor Main Collection at GV939.T78 A3 2006. Andersen library has additional resources for learning more. Search HALCat for books including The lavender locker room: 3000 years of great athletes whose sexual orientation was different (3rd-floor Main Collection, GV708.8 .W373 2006), which includes sections on tennis player Martina Navratilova and football player David Kopay, and When baseball isn’t white, straight and male: The media and difference in the national pastime (3rd-floor Main Collection, GV867.64 .A38 2013). Search article databases or Research@UWW to find articles such as “Updating the Outcome: Gay Athletes, Straight Teams, and Coming Out in Educationally Based Sport Teams” (Gender & Society, 2011, vol.25:no.2, pp.250-268, doi:10.1177/0891243210396872), “Openly Gay Athletes – Contesting Hegemonic Masculinity in a Homophobic Environment” (Gender & Society, 2002, vol.16:no.6, pp:860-877, doi:10.1177/089124302237892), “Coming Out in the Heterosexist World of Sport: A Qualitative Analysis of Web Postings by Gay Athletes” (Journal of Gay & Lesbian Psychotherapy, 2007, vol.11:no.1/2, pp.153-174), and “Glasswing Butterflies: Gay Professional Football Players and Their Culture” (Journal of Sport & Social Issues, 2011, vol.35:no.4, pp.420-436, doi:10.1177/0193723511420163).
If you’d like assistance with finding additional materials, please ask a librarian.