Crisis: 40 Stories Revealing the Personal, Social, and Religious Pain and Trauma of Growing Up Gay in America

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Mitchell Gold, Mindy Drucker
Greenleaf Book Group, 2008 - Social Science - 369 pages
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A mental health crisis faces American teens right now -- and it is one we can solve. Hundreds of thousands of gay teens face traumatic depression, fear, rejection, persecution, and isolation -- usually alone. Studies show they are, 190 percent more likely to use drugs or alcohol and four times more likely to attempt suicide. Homophobia and discrimination are at the heart of their pain. Love, support, and acceptance -- all within our power to give -- can save them. This book is for: clergy, parents, educators, and politicians who cause harm with their words and actions; parents of gay teens; teens navigating this difficult time; and fair-minded people who want to help to end the harm. Here are revealing stories by forty diverse Americans, some well-known and some not, plus insights from straight clergy and parents explaining their support of gay people as whole human beings guaranteed equal rights by our Constitution.
  

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Review: Crisis: 40 Stories Revealing the Personal, Social, and Religious Pain and Trauma of Growing Up Gay in America

User Review  - Steve Watson - Goodreads

Fascinating, at many times painful, collection of 40 reflections on growing up gay in America. Many focus on social, religious, and familial exclusion, often with pain and trauma. The brief work on ... Read full review

Review: Crisis: 40 Stories Revealing the Personal, Social, and Religious Pain and Trauma of Growing Up Gay in America

User Review  - Samuel Cline - Goodreads

No matter where you fall on the map regarding homosexuality, stories are powerful. Experiences, struggles, and triumphs are powerful. This book was a fantastic read. Read full review

Contents

Rev Irene Monroe
7
Rev Dr Mel White
15
The Right Reverend Gene Robinson
25
Bruce Bastian
31
H Alexander Robinson
37
Ari Gold
45
Rodney Powell
53
Jody Huckaby
61
Brandon Rolph Kneefel
179
Introduction by Kevin Jennings
193
Brian Graden
211
Bob Williams
225
Katie Batza
239
Julia Brindisi
253
Barney Frank
271
Tammy Baldwin
287

Matt Comer
69
Jared Horsford
75
Jarrod Parker
83
An Evangelical Christian Apologizes by Brent Childers
91
FAMILY AND COMMUNITY REJECTION
97
Richard Chamberlain
105
Mitchell Gold
111
Nate Berkus
127
Howard Bragman
143
Donna Red Wing
163
WHAT I KNOW NOW ON LOSING A CHILD
299
Elke Kennedy
307
Looking to the Past for the Future
315
Homosexuality Is Not a Sin by Jimmy Creech
321
EXPOS… A SILENT EPIDEMIC OF DEPRESSION
335
Organizations to Call
351
Organizations Not to Call
361
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
367
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About the author (2008)

In 1989, Mitchell Gold and his business partner created a residential furniture manufacturing company called Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams, in Taylorsville, North Carolina. Just nine years later, Inc. magazine positioned the company at number 57 on its list of the 500 fastest-growing private companies. Gold has a long history of supporting grassroots and national nonprofits including the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Ovarian Cancer Research Fund, Leukemia Society, Human Rights Campaign, Empire State Pride Agenda, Design Industries Foundation for AIDS, Friend in Deed, and AIDS Leadership Foothills-Area Alliance. In April 2005, Inc. magazine named him one of the twenty-six "Entrepreneurs We Love." Today the company is a $100M home-furnishings brand known for comfort; it employs more than 750 people and features its own on-site education-based daycare center. Gold is also the founder of nonprofit group Faith in America.

Mindy Drucker is a freelance writer specializing in design and home decoration topics. Her work has appeared in "Colonial Homes, House Beautiful's Building Manual, Creative Ideas for Living" and other publications. She lives in New Jersey.

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