Wednesday, April 21st | 5:00 pm

Pillar: Ethical or Inclusive

A culture of derogatory locker room talk led former Beaver and NFL defensive tackle, Esera Tuaolo, to keep parts of his life hidden during a nine season pro football career. He says that culture is changing.

Since coming out publicly after retiring from the league, he’s been a vocal advocate working to ensure that future LGBTQ athletes are welcomed and respected.

His nonprofit, Hate is Wrong, aims to end homophobic bullying and foster greater diversity and inclusion in sports.

Esera Tavai Tuaolo is of Samoan ancestry and was born in Honolulu, Hawaii. He grew up in poverty on a banana farm in Waimanalo and is a father of twins, Mitchell and Michele.

Many of his meaningful moments while growing up and playing in the NFL can be found in his autobiography, Alone in the Trenches: My Life as a Gay Man in the NFL


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