The Life of a Gay Gymnast

Leave a comment if you’ve read this book. I can’t find a review online.

Balance: The Life of a Gay Gymnast

Balance: The Life of a Gay Gymnast

It’s amazing how little has been written about homosexuals in gymnastics sports. This is the first book or major article I can recall.

UPDATE: In the comments, TCO had an interesting point:

You can tell how few gay male athletes there are in most sports by looking at how few died of AIDS in the 1980s. Figure skating was decimated by AIDS: both Olympic Men’s Figure Skating gold medalists from the 1970s died of AIDS, but AIDS deaths in other sports were quite low: one NFL player, one major league baseball player, no golfers, etc.”

15 comments ↓

#1 Patrick on 08.23.08 at 7:38 am

I found a brief review. Doesn’t mention anything about the gymnastics, however. http://www.gaybookblog.net/2008/08/witness-this-gymnasts-life-unfold-new.html

The author also has a myspace page
http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendid=402551315

#2 anon on 08.23.08 at 7:45 am

“It’s amazing how little has been written about homosexuals in gymnastics sports.”

Why does anything need to be written at all?

#3 Get real on 08.23.08 at 8:07 am

Men gymnasts have already have to deal with this belief that we’re all gay. No wonder the sport is facing continuous declines. And now a book guaranteed to cause more loss.

Let’s not give it anymore press.

#4 TCO on 08.23.08 at 8:18 am

Steve Sailer (rather un-PC, but kinda well known blogger) has written a fair amount about homosexuality and sports. I think his basic thesis is that the more “dance” type sports attract gay participants (gymnastics to a far lesser extent than figure skating, but still some…and ballet and dance itself attracting huge numbers.) He thinks there is not so much lesbianism in femal figure skating and gym (more in softball).

http://isteve.blogspot.com/2002_02_17_archive.html
(read down)

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From a posting on Marginal Revolution (I think the AIDS point is interesting as allowing some objective metric.)

“Tyler, you are missing the crucial distinction:

- There are lots and lots of gay (i.e., lesbian) female athletes.

- There are relatively few gay male pro athletes, outside of certain dance-like sports, most famously figure skating.

You can tell how few gay male athletes there are in most sports by looking at how few died of AIDS in the 1980s. Figure skating was decimated by AIDS: both Olympic Men’s Figure Skating gold medalists from the 1970s died of AIDS, but AIDS deaths in other sports were quite low: one NFL player, one major league baseball player, no golfers, etc.”

http://www.marginalrevolution.com/marginalrevolution/2007/02/the_gay_nba.html

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P.s. I would not take the lack of articles or “major articles” too hard. There was a major article done in Running World (I think) on how all the top sprinters are black. And it was actually a huge hairy deal that someone had (finally) written an article talking about what we see every Olympics in the finals.

#5 shergymrag on 08.23.08 at 9:13 am

The life of a gay gymnast who apparently does cocaine?

#6 TCO on 08.23.08 at 9:22 am

sniffing talc? lol

#7 Ana-Lia on 08.23.08 at 11:59 am

Okay … I don’t get the AIDS reference. It is well known that HIV and AIDS is NOT just a “gay man’s disease”. Please don’t further that notion, whether your remark was in reference to the 80s or not.

#8 shergymrag on 08.23.08 at 3:10 pm

I thought the point of that was that AIDS in the 80s appeared to hit the gay population first. It used to be called GRID.

#9 Tuesday on 08.23.08 at 3:17 pm

AIDS is really just a series of symptoms, and it tended to hit the gay males (at that time) most because of promiscuity, poppers, and massive amounts of anti-biotics thinking they were protecting themselves. It also tends to pop up in countries where the populations are very poor, unclean, and malnourished.

#10 Ana-Lia on 08.23.08 at 3:46 pm

Washington has one of the highest percentages of HIV and AIDS in the Americas. As well, the majority of people with HIV were infected as young adults … under 30. The percentage of males to females infected with HIV is almost equal, and anatomically, it is easier for females to be infected with HIV than it is for males. As well, IV drug usage is the number one way (easiest) for a person to contract HIV/AIDS … not through sexual intercourse whether it is homosexual or heterosexual.

#11 TCO on 08.23.08 at 8:20 pm

2000-2005 US based AIDS data

Transmission category:
Male adult or adolescent:

Male-to-male sexual contact: 454,106
Injection drug use: 168,695
Male-to-male sexual contact and injection drug use: 66,081
High-risk heterosexual contact: 61,914
Other: 13,967
Subtotal: 764,763

Source: CDC –
http://www.cdc.gov/hiv/topics/surveillance/resources/reports/2005report/pdf/2005SurveillanceReport.pdf

P.s. Male AIDS patients outnumber females by ~ 6:1 ratio.

#12 alpha on 08.25.08 at 5:27 am

It is well known that HIV and AIDS is NOT just a “gay man’s disease”.

http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-wellbeing/health-news/threat-of-world-aids-pandemic-among-heterosexuals-is-over-report-admits-842478.html

A quarter of a century after the outbreak of Aids, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has accepted that the threat of a global heterosexual pandemic has disappeared.

In the first official admission that the universal prevention strategy promoted by the major Aids organisations may have been misdirected, Kevin de Cock, the head of the WHO’s department of HIV/Aids said there will be no generalised epidemic of Aids in the heterosexual population outside Africa.

#13 shergymrag on 08.25.08 at 9:57 am

“It is well known that HIV and AIDS is NOT just a “gay man’s disease”.”

Nobody said it was.

#14 Ono No Komachi on 08.26.08 at 11:24 pm

How did AIDS get into this discussion in the first place? Does that have anything to do with the actual content of the book?

#15 shergymrag on 10.04.08 at 7:25 am

http://www.pridesource.com/article.shtml?article=32271

Article about Triche.

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