Library Journal Review
Over two dozen personal profiles of high school and college coaches and athletes succinctly and sensitively dispute the contention that "gay jock" is an oxymoron. (LJ 2/1/98) (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Publishers Weekly Review
In this courageous, enlightening report, Woog (School's Out), a gay soccer coach in Connecticut, presents profiles of some 30 openly gay athletes, physical educators and coaches involved in high school, college or professional sports. Their candid stories show the difficulties of being a gay male athlete, given widespread homophobia, vicious locker-room taunts and even harassment and physical abuse from competitors and/or classmates. Yet many of those interviewed find tolerance among teammates and coaches, and it is interesting to read how these gays came to accept their homosexuality and reconcile it with their self-image as athletes. Among the gay jocks we meet are high school track coach Eric Anderson, who came out in conservative Orange County, Calif.; National Hockey League referee Brett Parson; a suicidal college soccer star identified as Greg (some subjects chose to be anonymous); and gay wrestlers, gymnasts, swimmers and basketball, tennis and football players. An appendix sets forth guidelines for coaches and instructors to address homophobia in their schools. Author tour. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Booklist Review
Woog characterizes the athletic locker room as "the largest, dingiest, smelliest closet left in America." He then profiles several dozen men, many still quite young, who have helped dispel at least the closet part of that characterization. Each has acknowledged his homosexuality and, with one poignant exception ("The Suicidal Jock," still adjusting as a college junior), has come out to coaches and teammates, or, if a coach himself, to students. Woog writes vividly about them all, communicating the fulfillment they find in sports as well as the satisfaction they experience in being out. He depicts them as normally complex persons coping with normally complex life situations, one of which is not, however, being turned on by the sight of naked teammates. Besides plenty of soccer players (Woog has coached the sport for 20 years), swimmers, gymnasts, wrestlers, runners, basketballers, hockey players, and even an "impostor," who admits going out for junior-high sports to be near other boys, also appear, and Woog concludes with advice to coaches on dealing with homophobia. --Ray Olson