Gay NFL Player Esera Tuaolo at SUNY Canton, Wednesday April 23

Esera TuaoloDespite his incredible size, anti-gay sentiments nearly brought Esera Tuaolo to his knees. Now the 300 pound former Atlanta Falcons Defensive Lineman helps others be their best by embracing their individual truths without fear or intimidation.

Tuaolo will be presenting “Alone in the Trenches: My Life as a Gay Man in the NFL” at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 23 in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center Kingston Theater. This event is free and open to the public. This program is sponsored by the SUNY Canton College Union Board.

For nine years, Tuaolo excelled in the NFL. He played in the 1999 Pro Bowl and went to Super Bowl XXXIII. As a gay man in the hyper-masculine culture of professional football, Esera was forced to hide his sexuality. The secret crippled him, leading him to drink excessively and contemplate suicide. It also hindered his football achievements, as he felt that if he were too good a player, he would be exposed as a homosexual. He left the NFL to achieve personal happiness.

SUNY Canton offers a wide variety of career-driven bachelor’s, associate, and certificate programs, as well as three master’s degrees in conjunction with SUNYIT, Utica. Most of SUNY Canton’s new four-year programs are designed so students can take them on-campus, online, or both. SUNY Canton OnLine features more than 65 courses online each semester. The college’s athletic teams have joined the NAIA’s Sunrise Conference, enabling students to compete in their respective sports for four years.

Media inquiries should be directed to Gregory Kie, Media Relations Coordinator, or call 315/386-7528.

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