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I am only three stories into the book and have emailed ever youth pastor I know and asked them to pick it up and read it...and some have! My heart just beats as I read these accounts and see how they mirror my own experiences. Thanks for this book I think it is going to change and save lives!

Anthony Williams


I read the book after taking it out of the Patrick Beaver Library. It was so sad to keep reading the stories of all those heart-broken young teens who went through such agonies. What a shame that these people didn't enjoy the wonderful time the teen years can bring. Their agony should NEVER have had to happen to anyone. Won't people WAKE UP??? People are entitled to happiness. Bravo to Mitchell Gold.

Debbie Mackler


WOW! POWERFUL - This book should be read so you can understand your friend, your child, your grandchild - understand the pain they experience every day because they feel they cannot be themselves in your friendship and love for fear of losing you in their lives - losing your love - fear of losing their jobs - fear of not having a relationship with God - As a parent and friend you need to read this book and share it with all that you love so we can give people their lives back to them and let them feel whole - All people - especially children should not have to live with the sense of losing your love for being themselves. Fear breeds hate so do your part to stop spreading hate and fear - these 40 stories written by young people, adults, parents - straight and gay will help you understand more about how your actions affect those you love."

Rita L. Carey



As a Director of Human Resources in the not-for-profit sector, I would recommend CRISIS for every parent, educator, employer and worker in the human services profession.

It is our responsibility to learn and do more to teach one another and educate our next generation about the vocabulary of diversity, respect and inclusion. Our goal is to eliminate future shameful examples of discrimination, harassment and bias. As a friend says – "CEO means, 'Chief Example Officer'." An interesting and important concept.

Are you able to examine your organizations "best practices" and say out loud, "I have no shame"?

A well-informed commitment to change the barriers (or differences) which exist for our LGBT citizens is needed to end this prejudice worldwide.

This change is woefully overdue.

Put down the notion you cannot influence significant change, and pick up a few copies of CRISIS to share.

Lisa Witkowski, SPHR
Director of Human Resources
Jewish Family Service of Atlantic & Cape May Counties
Washington, DC


Mitchell Gold Tackles an American Crisis

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.

Many discuss their long-buried feelings here for the first time. Several young adults open up about the depression, fear, and isolation that are still a part of growing up gay in many areas of the country today. Gold calls this a silent epidemic and mental health crisis affecting hundreds of thousands of gay teens. And he emphasizes that this crisis can be solved, with compassion and fair-mindedness - and by getting those whose words and deeds cause harm to stop.

The book's contributors reveal what made them feel alone and unloved— and at times so hopeless suicide seemed the only option. And they suggest ways to help the next generation of teens. These stories are also lessons in perseverance and achievement, showing the inner strength of the contributors and inspiring us all with their triumphs against the odds. Learn the harm religion-based prejudices cause, see the dangers of "cures" like reparative therapy, and get insight into the question of sin and homosexuality that divides many churches and families today. Become better able to help gay kids in your family, congregation, or classroom. Understand the importance of electing candidates who support equal rights and strive to protect all our children.

Mitchell Gold challenges us in a powerfull way to recommit ourselves to fighting what he calls a 'silent epidemic' of depression, isolation, and fear, that plagues many young gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender young people.

David Mariner
Washington DC