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

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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.

Kate 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.

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Kate Fagan: Kate Fagan is a columnist and feature writer for espnW, ESPN.com and ESPN The Magazine. 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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"This well-crafted memoir will appeal to readers hoping to better understand the complications of being gay in sports." -- Publishers Weekly

"A gripping memoir written with honesty and wry humor ...  The Reappearing Act should be required reading for anyone who hopes to understand the crippling effects of homophobia." -- Pat Griffin, Professor Emerita at the University of Massachusetts and author of Strong Women, Deep Closets: Lesbians and Homophobia in Sport. 

"A thought-provoking read that takes you on the journey of a young woman navigating her discoveries and beginning to find her true self." -- Library Journal

"Reads much like a conversation you have with someone who is telling you a captivating coming out story over a couple of beers at a cozy little pub. It's a heart-warming and heart-wrenching tale all at once." -- Curve Magazine

"Triumphant ... not only because Fagan is a strong and determined individual, but because she is a fine and honest writer." -- Only A Game, NPR

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