Above: Contributors to the Crisis book at the Los Angeles launch.
On Tuesday, I went to a lovely event for the Crisis Los Angeles book launch. From the book’s website:
Mitchell Gold has made a name for himself as part of the powerful team Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams. In 1989, Gold and Williams created their namesake furniture company 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. In April 2005, Inc. named Gold one of its “26 Entrepreneurs We Love.”
A long time supporter of our community, Mitchell Gold is increasingly becoming known not just for amazing furniture, but also for his work as an advocate for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender equality. Gold founded the non-profit advocay organization Faith in America; and has edited a new book, Crisis: 40 Stories Revealing the Personal Social, and Religious Pain and Trauma of Growing up Gay in America, which will surely become a must-read for all LGBT advocates, and has the potential to impact the future of our movement.
Mitchell Gold asked forty gay Americans to share very personal stories about the pain, fear, and rejection that can be a part of growing up gay in America. Contributors include many respected leaders including: Bishop Gene Robinson, H. Alexander Robinson, Jim Hormel, Donna Red Wing, Kevin Jennings, Rep. Tammy Baldwin, Rep. Barney Frank, to name a few.
The stories are very moving, and with luck, this will give some help and hope to young people facing their own coming out issues.