Walt Loves the Bearcat

Your dream is my real life!

Marcus “Bear” Coleman is a black, gay UCLA cheerleader in the 1980s. To cope with his own personal AIDS crisis, he dreams up a “whole other life” with Walt Yeager, a white quarterback who becomes the first openly gay, superstar athlete of their time.

Or … is it the other way around?

Famous football player Walt Yeager’s male cheerleader husband dreams up a “whole other life” where the two never met, and Marcus must deal with HIV/AIDS — and his own personal demons — alone.

An epic, adventure-filled odyssey where serious issues like homophobia in sports, living with HIV, and race relations in America exist right alongside fantastical characters like Hail Larry, Evil Announcer Guy, and the Emergency Wife.

Your ticket is your imagination.

Walt Loves the Bearcat
by Randy Boyd

A Lamdba Literary Award Finalist for Best Romance

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Reviews for “Walt Loves the Bearcat”

“A madcap whirl, Walt Loves the Bearcat is first and forever a love story, one written with a roller-coaster brio and a magical intensity that demand and deserve the reader’s perseverance.”
SF Bay Times (full review)

“Warm-spirited … resonates with soulful queries into the nature of love and life.” Bay Area Reporter (full review)

“Embraces [Boyd’s] sense of playfulness, his love of sports, and his profound belief in the power of the imagination.” HIV Plus Magazine (read article)