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Trailblazing : the true story of America's first openly gay track coach
Anderson, Eric, 1968-
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First edition.
Publication Information:
Los Angeles : Alyson Books, 2000.
Physical Description:
209 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 22 cm
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GV1061.15.A53 A3 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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A moving coming out story told with 'Chariots of Fire' pacing, complete with a triumphant and inpiring ending that will appeal to all. It tells the true story of a gay track coach and his school team - quickly labeled 'the fag team' - and their battle against homophobia and struggle for athletic victory and recognition in their chosen sport.

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At 25, Anderson was more or less on track toward the goals he had set himself as cross-country coach at his own alma mater, Huntington Beach High School in Orange County, California. But, gay as long as he could recall--well before puberty and any knowledge of the concept--he badly needed to come out and dispel the anxiety that was giving him migraines. So he did, at the start of four memorable running seasons, during which he achieved his goals, thanks to a team of runners who not only responded magnificently to his coaching but also stood up under the harassment heaped on them because their coach was gay--none of them were. It helped that several of Anderson's runners had transferred from other schools to be coached by him, and that his team's parents stood by him. But the other athletes who badgered the runners, a principal who long declined to do anything about the harassment, envious coaches from the schools Anderson's transferee runners had left, and the Huntington Beach sprinters' coach did what they could to make life miserable for Anderson's dream team. They didn't succeed, and Anderson's memoir, though it naturally centers on his own experiences and viewpoint, registers as a tribute to his runners as much as a story of coming-out heroism. There are many more high-toned coming-out stories, but none is a better book than Anderson's simply written, nearly selfless account. --Ray Olson