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THE REAPPEARING ACT: BOOK PARTY

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THE REAPPEARING ACT: BOOK PARTY
Start:
May 6, 2014 7:00 PM
End:
May 6, 2014 10:00 PM
Organizer:
Greg
Phone:
646 457 0859
contact@bgsqd.com
Updated:
April 21, 2014
Venue:
Bureau of General Services–Queer Division
Phone:
646 457 0859
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83A Hester St., New York, NY, 10002, United States
Reappearing Act Kate Fagan

Kate Fagan, a former Division 1 Basketball player and current ESPN writer, has written an honest and heartfelt memoir about coming out in sports.  She is teaming up with two major local organizations and a few big names in sports including former NFL player, Wade Davis.  Davis is the Executive Director of You Can Play Project and Nevin Caple, co-founder of Br{ache the Silence Campaign also played Division 1 Basketball.

 

PLEASE NOTE: THE BUREAU IS CLOSED ON TUESDAYS, BUT WE WILL OPEN AT 6 PM FOR THIS EVENT.

 

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The Reappearing Act: Coming Out as Gay on a College Basketball Team Led by Born Again Christians

It’s hard enough coming out, but playing basketball for a nationally ranked school and trying to figure out your sexual identity in the closeted and paranoid world of big-time college sports—that’s a challenge. In The Reappearing Act (Skyhorse Publishing; May 6, 2014) Kate Fagan tells her coming-of-age story about how she discovered her true self and slowly found the courage to live authentically.
Fagan’s love for basketball and for her religious teammates at the University of Colorado was tested by the gut-wrenching realization that she could no longer ignore the feelings of otherness inside her. In trying to blend in, Kate had created a hilariously incongruous world for herself in Boulder. Her best friends were part of Colorado’s Fellowship of Christian Athletes, where they ran weekly Bible studies and attended an Evangelical Free Church. For nearly a year, Kate joined them and learned all she could about Christianity—even holding their hands as they prayed for others “living a sinful lifestyle.” Each time the issue of homosexuality arose, she felt as if a neon sign appeared over her head, with a giant arrow pointed downward. During these prayer sessions, she would often keep her eyes open, looking around the circle at the closed eyelids of her friends, listening to the earnestness of their words.

Kate didn’t have a vocabulary for discussing who she really was and what she felt when she was younger; all she knew was that she had a secret. In The Reappearing Act, she brings the reader along for the ride as she slowly accepts her new reality and takes the first steps toward embracing her true self.

 

Kate Fagan
Kate Fagan is a columnist and feature writer for espnW, ESPN.com and ESPN The Magazine. She is also an in-studio contributor for The Word, a digital video segment that examines hot topics in sports. Previously, Fagan spent three seasons covering the 76ers for the Philadelphia Inquirer. Her work was cited in the anthology of Best American Sports Writing 2013, and she has also been featured on Longreads, a site that curates the best in long-form journalism and fiction. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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