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

edited by Mitchell Gold with Mindy Drucker

Cover of Crisis

Crisis features the Reverend Dr. Mel White, co-founder and President of Soulforce; Dr. Rodney Powell, renown Civil Rights leader and member of the Soulforce Board of Directors; Brandon Rolph Kneefel, media director for the Soulforce Equality Ride; Mary Lou Wallner, mother of a lesbian, long-time Soulforce volunteer and director of TEACH Ministries; and, Jimmy Creech, former United Methodist pastor and former Chairperson of the Soulforce Board of Directors.

Crisis is an expose of the fear, isolation, depression, and even suicidal feelings young gay people face from the time they realize they are gay until they have a healthy coming out. For many gay adults, the traumatic teenage years are buried in memory as a painful time to be left behind and forgotten. But, those who bravely recalled and contributed their stories to Crisis describe experiences that are unfortunately universal for gay youth.

In addition to the Soulforcees listed above, other well-known successful members of the gay community, such as Bishop Gene Robinson, actor Richard Chamberlain, ambassador Jim Hormel and United States Representatives Tammy Baldwin and Barney Frank, share what it was like to live a lie every day, without support from family, friends, church, or school — and how they triumphed over the challenges. And a number of young people detail personal experiences that make clear the same challenges unfortunately continue today.

Crisis is designed to make parents, clergy, teachers, politicians, and the media aware of the ongoing crisis young gay people experience in our culture today and understand how to stop it.

Crisis is a transformative book! In addition to being an inspiring and helpful personal resource, it is an excellent gift for that someone you know whose heart and mind you’d like to transform from hostility to love and from rejection to acceptance.

Crisis can be ordered for $28 ($24 + $4 shipping) in the Soulforce store.

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