Grace Church, Allentown, will host a "Gay Men's Reading Group" off-site on four Wednesday in January, beginning January 9. Dinner with open conversation about the experience of growing up and living as a gay man in a predominantly straight society. The venue will be chosen in light of the size of the group. The featured book will be The Velvet Rage Overcoming the Pain of Growing Up Gay in a Straight Man's World by gay psychologist Alan Downs. To join or for more information: Father Patrick Malloy, rector, Grace Church, Allentown: email or 610-435-0782.
Author Alan Downs was featured on the Oprah episode, When I Knew I was Gay. He is a clinical psychologist who, after years of private practice in Santa Fe, has become director of Michael’s House, an addiction treatment center in Palm Springs.
He writes: "The most important issue in a gay man's life is not 'coming out,' but coming to terms with the invalidating past where we learned that we are shameful..." The publisher's notes add, "Offering profoundly helpful strategies to stop the insidious cycle of avoidance and self-defeating behavior, Velvet Rage is an empowering book you'll wish you read long ago.”
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