Fearless FEARLESS Is A Photography Book And Personal Memoir By American Artist Jeff Sheng Recalling His Experience As A Closeted High School Student Athlete In The 1990s, Sheng Uses His Own Story As A Foundation For A Wider Exploration Of The Current LGBT Rights Movement Woven Throughout The 316 Page Book Are Photographic Portraits Of 202 Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, And Transgender High School And College Athletes From The United States And Canada Taken By The Author Over A 13 Year Span Between 2003 And 2015 The Book Also Includes Intimate Writings From Some Of The Featured Student Athletes And Concludes With An Afterword Essay By Retired Professional NBA Basketball Player Jason Collins. Stunning Brave Inspiring Beautiful These are just four of the words I would use to describe this incredible photography book I kept turning page after page of pictures of high school and college athletes from every possible sport and from around the United States and Canada who wanted to be seen as the powerful athletes they are rather than the stereotypes perceived by many Along with the pictures, I was thoroughly engrossed in reading the story of Jeff Sheng and then three fellow athletes who all self identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender It s an amazing book that deserves to be seen by all as it will surely shatter the image and place of the LGBTQ community within the athletic world.For decades, it was always assumed that people who identify as gay, lesbian, transgender, or bisexual had no place on the field, the diamond, the rink, the course, the pool, the track, or the court Those men and women who did find themselves with a passion to hold a racket, throw a ball, dive into the water, block a goal, put on skates, or run a distance weren t made to feel welcome or had to hide who they truly were from teammates, coaches, family, and fans The mental toll it took weighed heavily, often causing them to leave behind the sport they loved the most and the place that gave them the most peace of mind during the times when they were trying to find self acceptance and figure who they authentically are.Over the course of time, though, things have changed Ath