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Jocks: True Stories of America's Gay Male Athletes

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Find out what happens when the final closet door -- that of men in sports -- finally swings open. Is there life for gay athletes after coming out to their teammates? Is there life before coming out? And how does being in the closet affect athletic performance? Journalist Dan Woog, himself an openly gay soccer coach, interviewed dozens of gay jocks and offers over twenty-fi ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published January 1st 1997 by Alyson Books
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Peter William Warn
Those damn women.

One of the men profiled in Jocks: True Stories of America's Gay Male Athletes suffers emptiness and despair because he derives only fleeting pleasures from the drinking, smoking and anonymous sex in which he indulges. Jocks author Dan Woog knows who is to blame for the man's unhappiness: a woman. She forced the young man to frequent places where gay men drink, smoke and try to find partners for anonymous sex. This wicked manipulator of innocents had an accomplice, "another fema
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Oddmonster
At first glance, this book looks just like any number of anthologies of gay sports-oriented stories. The cover features the now obligatory half-dressed, well-toned guy wearing the remnants of a football uniform, and let’s face it, “Jocks!” would make a great title for one of those Cleis Press collections of erotic shorts.

The key difference here, however, is that all the stories in this collection are true, mini-biographies of gay, male athletes and their experiences reconciling the homophobic ma
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Ashley
Well I didn't much care for this book, but it all for the wrong reasons....I think.....for you see my x-boyfriend is one of the athletes in Dan Woog's book & as a result, it was more like an affirming slap in the face.

I read this in a semi-desperate attempt to convince myself that what I was living through was real. I think if I was not so personally tied to the book I could have enjoyed it more.....it did help me appreciate the level of strength it took him to tell me so I'll certainly rea
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Jason Hawke
some stories are better than others but it's
interesting enough I've reread it several times
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