Library Journal Review
"Young athletes‘gay and straight‘often receive subtle messages that homosexuality is something to be mocked, avoided, or feared," notes Woog, a soccer coach and the author of School's Out: The Impact of Gay and Lesbian Issues on America's Schools (Alyson, 1995). The author conducted interviews with high school and college coaches and athletes in the fields of wrestling, tennis, running, and other athletics. The resulting collection of over two dozen personal profiles, disputing the contention that "gay jock" is an oxymoron, reiterates the destructive effects of lack of support for closeted players. These courageous stories succinctly and sensitively dispel many stereotypes as they effectively evoke the jubilant triumphs and heartbreaking disappointments of lives affected by homophobia in sports. This important addition to the literature of sports education ultimately informs all coaches about the necessity and wide-reaching benefits of their role in promoting a safe environment for all players.‘James E. Van Buskirk, San Francisco P.L. (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
An excellent journalist appealingly and thoughtfully introduces several dozen young athletes who acknowledge they are gay, never downplaying their problems but stressing the satisfaction they take in being out.