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I will begin rerunning our Difference Makers series while I seek new interview topics.

As you know, I preach visibility. Nothing changes unless we get out there and change people’s minds. Jack Brennan is doing just that and I have such admiration for this wonderful person. On the day I wrote this post, Jack and I spent about a half hour on the phone getting to know each other. Because of our commonalities (we both root for miserable Ohio-based NFL teams, among other “things”), it felt like we were simply picking up a conversation where we left off. Jack, I admire your courage greatly.

Attached is a pdf file (I hope you can open it) of an article recently published on The Athletic, written by Joe Posnanski. When I initially read the article, I e-mailed Mr. Posnanski, identified myself as a fellow crossdresser and asked him if he could put me in touch with Jack. It took some time, but viola!

Because The Athletic is a subscription service, I could not provide a link, but I assure you, if you download the pdf, you will find it worthwhile. This link may or may not work for you.

Also, here is another article from The Cincinnati Enquirer.

Finally, one additional article, from Outsports.

Jack has written a book about his life and we are anxiously looking forward to its release, reading it and watching it climb the best sellers list. We will do whatever we can to support it!

Jack graciously agreed to be “interviewed” by yours truly. Beginning tomorrow, watch for these interviews coming soon to your favorite daily reading, Kandi’s Land!

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4 Responses

  1. What a great story. Jack is like so many of us who felt during our working careers that we were walking a fine line between our careers, even life as we know it, to also indulge in our desires to crossdress. Sometimes that line felt razor thin, the other side, the being “outed” side seeming like a bottomless abyss where we could lose career, family … pretty much everything. Good on Jack for coming out so publicly. I’m looking forward to your interview and the book. In the mean time, I wish I had Jack’s courage to ignore that line.

  2. Kandi,
    I’m not sure if the problem lies within the sporting organisations or it’s the perception the public have of them . The article certainly makes the point that there are misconceptions even within the sporting communtiy , it’s almost farcical to consider a gay person or a transgender person is incapable of playing sport to the level of the others . Most of us know our dressing needs don’t affect our capabilities in fact I feel it enhances them .
    I often come back to the basic question of , ” what is it people fear ? ” I often say tongue in cheek that it’s not a contagious disease , again I believe we often touch a nerve in other people , so perhaps they fear themselves and not us . I must admit I don’t like and have never used the term ” queer ” , knowing my brain is different doesn’t make me queer as much as it doesn’t make other people with differences queer , we are all born with unique qualities and differences , that’s the wonderful part of being human beings .

    Good luck with the interview , I’m looking forward to reading it

    1. The “only straight male” culture isn’t limited to sports, just sports gets more public visibility. I worked in very male-centric industries (construction and mining) before becoming a local government official. I experienced similar culture and had the same concerns Jack describes in the articles in all three. Pretty sure if I had come out during my career I would have had no career.

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