Date: Thu, 4 May 2000 23:03:33 -0700 (PDT)

First openly gay track coach on KUCI

Irvine -- The country's first openly gay high school track coach has written a book about his experiences in Orange County.

Eric Anderson, now a UCI graduate student in sociology, is the author of Trailblazing, out Friday from Alyson Publications. It's the story of how he came out as America's first openly gay track coach and the repercussions at Huntington Beach High School, where one of his athletes -- who wasn't gay -- was seriously injured by a homophobe.

Anderson, who is known as "Gumby", will appear on Subversity for a live interview Friday evening from 5-6 p.m., on KUCI, 88.9 fm in Orange County, and on the Web at

His first appearance was in 1994 when he was on Subversity when we interviewed the co-founders of the Huntington Beach Student Alliance, a gay/straight group at his school. Erich Phinizy, one of Gumby's students, co-founded the group, and will also be on Friday's show. The 1994 program, which scooped the Los Angeles Times and OC Register, is detailed in Gumby's book. The next day, both papers ran photos from Subversity of Phinizy on the front pages of their local sections.

Friday's show airs during the start of KUCI's fund drive. The drive is to support UCI's alternative radio station to be able to continue to bring you such programming. For Subversity listeners, of special interest will be a subscription to a year's worth of CovertAction Quarterly, out of Washington, D.C., for a specified pledge, among other premiums.

To chat with the guests, and to offer a pledge to support alternative programming in Orange County, call 949 824-5824 during the show.

For more info on Trailblazing, see the Alyson Books web site:

Gumby's booksigning appearances are listed at:

Thank you, loyal listeners, for your support throughout the last seven years.


Daniel C. Tsang 
Host, Subversity, now Fridays, 5-6 p.m.
KUCI, 88.9 FM 
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