Gay men, straight jobs
There is no denying that the closet door has swung wide open for gay men in many professions, from medicine to movie producing. But for many men, working in more blue-collar, male-dominated environments, the workplace remains a place of secrets and fear of discovery. Journalist Dan Woog, who has previously examined the intersections-and often collisions-of sexual orientation and societal expectation in athletics ( "Jocks" ) and education ( "School's Out" ) applies his sharp, empathetic skills to these profiles of gay men who work in what might traditionally be thought of as "straight jobs." Logging, Wall Street trading, police work, news anchoring and firefighting are just a few of the professions that seem to attract only straight men. But, of course, appearances do not match reality. The sometimes liberating, sometimes frightening, sometimes tragic experiences of gay men working in these environments are spotlighted in an intimate, thought-provoking manner that reveals important truths about what makes today's society truly work.
Dan Woog is a journalist, educator, soccer coach, and gay activist. His articles and essays have appeared in "The New York Times, Sports Illustrated," and "USA Today." He is a contributing writer for "The Advocate" magazine. He is the author of 11 books, including two collections of his most popular newspaper columns.
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