Everyone’s favorite out soccer player, Robbie Rogers, has announced that he is working on a memoir that will be published next year.
“Soccer and writing are my two biggest passions,” Rogers shared on his Facebook page Thursday. “I am so lucky to be given the opportunity to write my memoir with Penguin Books. So many people helped me with my struggles while I was coming out, I hope this book will do the same for people who feel a bit like me.”
The out and proud L.A. Galaxy star’s memoir, Come Out To Play, will tell the story of his “hard-fought though ultimately triumphant transformation from a troubled, isolated child to a groundbreaking and praiseworthy professional sportsman”, as the press release reads.
Rogers added in the release: “Secrets can cause so much internal damage. People love to preach about honesty. Try explaining to your loved ones after twenty-five years you are gay. Life is only complete when your loved ones know you. When they know your true feelings, when they know who and how you love. Life is simple when your secret is gone. Gone is the pain that lurks in the stomach at work, the pain from avoiding questions, and at last the pain from hiding such a deep secret.”
Although other gay athletes have written their autobiographies, this will be the first memoir of its kind. Rogers is the first openly gay male athlete to actively play in a U.S. professional league, and it will be co-written with Eric Marcus (who collaborated with Greg Louganis on his best-selling autobiography).
If you’re a Rogers fan vote for him in the 2013 Queerties here.