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When Robbie Rogers stepped out onto the field as a winger for the LA Galaxy in May last year, he made history as the first openly gay man to play in a major US professional sport. Just a few months earlier Robbie came out, only the second footballer in Britain to do so, and decided to quit football for good. Coming out to Play describes Robbie's experiences as a closeted gay man in the rampantly heterosexual world of professional football, his decision to come out and leave behind the sport he loved, and his subsequent decision to return to football and sign for the Galaxy. Robbie knew he wanted to be a professional soccer from the age of four and knew he was gay from the age of 13. He kept the latter completely hidden until he was 25 because he considered those two realities irreconcilable. In the sport he loved 'faggot' was the locker room insult of choice so for 12 years he practiced self-deception, and the pain of keeping up the ruse nearly broke him. Through what should've been some of the happiest moments of his life, including signing with Leeds United in 2012, Robbie was miserable. The more he succeeded, the more he realized he could never truly be happy pretending to be somebody he wasn't. Finally, in February 2013, in a blog post that received global attention, he came out to the world. Robbie's memoir tells the story of the torturous but ultimately happy and groundbreaking path he trod.

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Robbie Rogers is an openly gay footballer now playing in the USA for the LA Galaxy. He has previously played for the US national team and for Leeds United in the UK.

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