Former NFL Defensive Lineman Esera Tuaolo will talk about his experiences as a gay man in the NFL on Thursday, February 7th in the University Center Ballroom at 7PM. Admission is free.
Esera Tuaolo is of Samoan ancestry and was born in Honolulu, Hawaii. He had a successful football career for 13 years, playing at Oregon State University and then in the NFL for nine years.
After retiring from the NFL, Tuaolo came out as gay in 2002 and began a career advocating for the LGBTQ+ community.
Tuaolo is also a singer. He has sung the National Anthem at sporting events, including NFL, MLB, NHL, and NBA games, and at the opening ceremony of the Gay Games VII. He has released and performed his own music and continues to write, record, and perform music throughout the country.
His autobiography is titled “Alone in the Trenches: My Life as a Gay Man in the NFL.”