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Subject: New book coming out next month..
Date Posted: 8/14/2008 12:19 PM ET
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We just got our Fall packets of promo materials at the store today, and it had a postcard for this book.... based onthe people involved in putting it together, it looks to be an amazing book...


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

Product Description
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 used 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 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.

About the Author
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.

Forward by Martina Navratilova... Includes stories by Nate Berkus, Bishop Gene Robinson, John Amaechi


The promo materials, mention that copies of the books will be hand delivered to every member of Congress too...



Date Posted: 8/15/2008 12:37 AM ET
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Thanks, Sam. I hadn't seen anything on this yet. Although, this kinda gets me:

This book is for: clergy, parents, educators, and politicians who cause harm with their words and actions;

Somehow, I don't think those people are going to be won over with one book. There is an abundance of info out there that they have most likely already ignored.

Date Posted: 8/15/2008 9:36 AM ET
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Thanks, Sam! I love that they will be handed out to members of congress.

L. G. (L)
Date Posted: 8/15/2008 5:19 PM ET
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Thanks for the info!

Date Posted: 8/17/2008 9:44 AM ET
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Thanks Sam for the heads up.  I've put it on my wish list here & at Amazon for our Outcenter.  I think this one is going to be definite must read for me.

Date Posted: 8/17/2008 8:21 PM ET
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There is a somewhat similar book that is several years old. Its title is Prayers For Bobby.  It tells the story of Marry Griffith comming to terms with the suicide of her gay son, Bobby. Prior to his suicide, she was a devout Christian who believed that homosexuality was a sin. She is now a strong supporter of gay rights.



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