Gay, Former NFL Player to Speak at Gustavus Adolphus College

Posted on April 20th, 2006 by

Esera Tuaolo, author of the book Alone in the Trenches, will present “Creating a World of Tolerance” at 7 p.m., Monday, April 24 in Alumni Hall in the O.J. Johnson Student Union at Gustavus Adolphus College.

A former NFL lineman, Tuaolo will discuss the difficulties he experienced in hiding his homosexuality as a professional football player and how he learned to balance two seemingly irreconcilable aspects of his life. Tuaolo came out publicly during an interview for Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel in 2002. Tuaolo played for the Green Bay Packers from 1990 to 1992 and for the Minnesota Vikings from 1993 to 1999. His story has been featured in People magazine, NPR’s Weekend Edition, and CNN’s Saturday Morning.

This free, public lecture is sponsored by the Campus Activities Board, Queers and Allies, and the Bookmark.


Media Contact: Director of Media Relations and Internal Communication JJ Akin


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