Ed Gallagher (American football, born 1957)

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Edwin B. Gallagher (April 6, 1957 – May 4, 2005), better known as Ed Gallagher,[1] was an American football player who played for the University of Pittsburgh at offensive tackle from 1977 to 1979.[2][3]

In 1985, Gallagher attempted to commit suicide due to depression as he struggled to come to terms with his homosexuality. The incident occurred twelve days after his first sexual encounter with another man. Gallagher survived the suicide attempt, but was left paraplegic.[4]

Gallagher later stated that before his attempt, "he had become unable to reconcile his image of himself as an athlete with gay urges." However, he believed that the incident also helped him: "I was more emotionally paralyzed then, than I am physically now."[4] He went on to become an author and speak out publicly about disabilities and homosexuality, including in an interview with CBC Radio's The Inside Track for "The Last Closet", a special episode about homophobia in sports which aired in 1993.[5] He was also the founder of the organization Alive to Thrive.[6]

Gallagher died of a heart condition in 2005 at his home in New Rochelle, New York.[7]

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  1. ^ "Obituary: Edwin B. Gallagher Jr". The Journal News. May 7, 2005. Retrieved July 30, 2016 – via Legacy.com.
  2. ^ "Matt & Andrej Koymasky - Famous GLTB - Ed Gallagher". Andrejkoymasky.com. 2002-09-07. Retrieved 2013-02-02.
  3. ^ "Ed Gallagher Dies at 48". Outsports.com. Archived from the original on 2013-01-16. Retrieved 2013-02-02. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  4. ^ a b "The brief history of gay athletes". Espn.go.com. 1998-12-18. Retrieved 2013-02-02.
  5. ^ Moment #62: CBC airs "The Last Closet". Outsports, August 4, 2011.
  6. ^ Zeigler, Cyd (2013-05-30). "Ed Gallagher Alive To Thrive". Outsports. Retrieved 2019-03-07.
  7. ^ Zeigler, Cyd (2013-05-31). "Ed Gallagher Dies at 48". Outsports. Retrieved 2019-03-07.

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