Gay Men, Straight Jobs

Gay Men, Straight Jobs

by Dan Woog


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781555836160
Publisher: Alyson Publications
Publication date: 09/12/2001
Edition description: 1ST
Pages: 228
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.58(h) x 0.56(d)

Table of Contents

Dan Woog: Introductionvii
"Vinnie Caputo": Firefighter1
Randy Culp: Oil Rig Mechanic11
"Doug": Prison Guard18
Mark Weber, Paul Bloom, and Max Schneider: Doctors25
"Noel": Airline Pilot43
Dan Sealy: Park Ranger50
"Matt": Mason59
David Glasgow: Christian-Bookstore Clerk64
"John": Apple Grower70
Randy Brown, "Rod," Victor Emovi: Truck Drivers76
Vince Cawley: Electrician88
Larry Smoot: Union Staff Worker94
Ray Warren and Michael R. Sonberg: Judges101
Larry Montero: Death Care Worker116
Joe Paolucci: Investment Banker123
Eric McCarty: Car Salesman129
Jonathan Capehart: Editorial Writer134
Kirk Brinkerhoff and James Kuester: Construction Company Owners143
John Duran: Criminal Defense Attorney154
Robert Estep: Telephone Company Worker162
Christopher Veilleux: Baker, Forklift Driver, Log Cutter, Insurance Man167
Brett Mathews and "Andrew Peterson": U.S. Military174
Frank Loulan: Railroad Worker188
Bob Witeck: Public Relations Executive195
Chuck Hart: Lumberyard Worker201
Marshall McPeek and Ryan McKeel: Television Reporters206
Gino Horsman: Diesel Mechanic219
Doug Stevens: Country Music Singer224

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