Salt Lake City, UT – You've probably heard a similar story. A young boy with dreams of being a star athlete overcomes poverty, abandonment and abuse in order to make it big. John Amaechi's journey to professional basketball has yet another layer of courage to it though. All the while, he had to hide his sexuality from the hypermasculine world of the NBA. But during his two seasons with the Utah Jazz, Amaechi slowly began to build an honest life for himself. Now retired, John Amaechi is returning to Salt Lake City as Grand Marshal of the Utah Pride Festival, and he joins us in studio to talk about his biography "Man in the Middle."
Utah Pride 2007 is hosting a number of events throughout the weekend, including a concert with Sheena Easton, Saturday's festival and Sunday's parade. For a full schedule of events, visit UtahPride.org
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