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Reading, Q&A and Reception with ESPN's Kate Fagan in DC

Thursday, May 1, 2014
6:30 PM - 10:00 PM
HRC Headquarters
1640 Rhode Island Ave NW
Washington, DC 20036

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"I didn't think any writer could weave so many themes – college sports, evangelical Christianity, sexual identity, family dynamics – into an accessible and easy-to-read narrative. Fagan has done that and more. She's written a moving, funny and revelatory memoir.
– Gary Belsky, columnist and former editor in chief of ESPN The Magazine

It begins with Kate Fagan's lucid, terrifying realization on the college basketball court: "Holy shit … I'm definitely gay."
Recently high profile athletes have come out of the closet, among them Jason Collins and Michael Sam. In her new memoir, ESPN writer Kate Fagan chronicles her experience navigating the closeted and paranoid world of big-time sports while carrying around a gut-wrenching secret.

In "The Reappearing Act: Coming Out as Gay on a College Basketball Team Led by Born-Again Christians," She paints a hilariously incongruous picture of her time at the University of Colorado, attending weekly Bible studies with teammates at an Evangelical church – even holding their hands as they prayed for others "living a sinful lifestyle." Each time, she felt a neon arrow blazing over her head.

Offering a unique inside look at how homophobia affects a college program (even recruiting), her memoir will inspire players everywhere, no matter what they struggle with, to embrace their true selves.

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