CRISIS: 40 STORIES REVEALING THE PERSONAL, SOCIAL, AND RELIGIOUS PAIN AND TRAUMA OF GROWING UP GAY IN AMERICA

Crisis Media Coverage

Newspaper & Magazine

 

Averting crisis: Growing up gay in America

by Steve Rothaus, The Miami Herald

October 10, 2008

Decades before Mitchell Gold became a famous furniture mogul, he considered ways to kill himself.

"I debated how to do it. An overdose of sleeping pills seemed somewhat painless," Gold writes in his new book, Crisis: 40 Stories Revealing the Personal, Social, and Religious Pain and Trauma of Growing Up Gay in America. ``I considered other tactics -- driving a car off a cliff, running in front of a train, jumping off a building -- but I knew I didn't have the guts."

Gold, 57 and chairman of furniture company Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams, began to get back his self-esteem during college, with the help of a psychiatrist and support from his parents.

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Coming out of 'Crisis' mode

by Jessica Carreras, PrideSource.com

October 9, 2008

Mitchell Gold knows what you should give for Christmas this year. It's not fancy or shiny, but it will give whoever needs it something that will last the rest of their life: the understanding of what it's like to be a gay teen.

"I really am trying to push people to buy the book and to give it as a gift," says Gold of his new book, "Crisis: 40 stories revealing the personal, social and religious pain and trauma of growing up gay in America." "To give it, for example, to the minister at the church they grew up in. To give it to the rabbi in the synagogue they grew up in. To give it to their parents or their parents friends. And the trick is to ask that person to give you the gift of reading this book for them. ...The more people we can get this in the hands of, I really do believe it'll be transformative."

Though Gold is the co-founder of a furniture company by trade, helping gay teens is his passion. And it was because of the very types of stories that make up "Crisis" that he decided to put the book together. In the pages of "Crisis" are a myriad of coming out stories, from the 1950s to today, from such people as Major League Baseball player Billy Bean, former governor of New Jersey Jim McGreevey and several Point Foundation Scholars. All essays, whether focused on religious, familial or social troubles, tell the same tale: one of ridicule, of self-hatred, of living in fear and of trying to change. "When a gay kid realizes, discovers that they're gay, for five, ten - however many years it is after that - they are in a horrible crisis," he explains. "They feel isolated. They feel suicidal. There's all kinds of things and I don't want one more kid to go through it."

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The Gold Standard

Interview by Will O'Bryan

September 25, 2008

Mitchell Gold has been busy. Those Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams ''signature stores'' keep popping up, including the local outlet near 14th and Church Streets NW. And sales at the furniture company named for himself and his business -- and formerly intimate -- partner, Williams, have topped $100 million.

Gold has much more on his plate, however, than trying to make a buck or two. While the Taylorsville, N.C.-based factory churns out the sleep sofas and ottomans, Gold has charged himself with the task of fighting hate against GLBT Americans at what he sees as the root: churches, mosques and synagogues. Since 2005, Gold's Faith In America has been challenging ''religion-based bigotry.''

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Book Describing Crisis Faced By Gay Teens in America launches in New York and D.C.

Echelon Magazine

September 24, 2008

Close to 1,000 people last week attended events in Washington, D.C. and New York, N.Y., which launched longtime advocate and businessman Mitchell Gold's unique expose on the pain of growing up gay in America . The book, "Crisis: 40 Stories Revealing The Personal, Social and Religious Pain of Growing Up Gay In America," asks Americans to awaken to the pain being inflicted today on gay teens by a society that has been led to believe that such affliction is somehow morally or religiously justified.

Judith Light and Tipper Gore, were special guests for the New York and D.C. launch events respectively. They described the book as transformative and having the potential to change the way America treats its gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender citizens. The D.C. event, held at the Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams furniture store in Washington, followed the first launch event held in New York, N.Y., on Monday. Both events drew similar attendance.

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Activist tries to break cycle of gay teen suicide

Deb Price Detroit News

September 22, 2008

That's what Mitchell Gold asked himself as a teenager in the mid-1960s as he hid his homosexuality from family and friends. The better he got at the hiding game on the outside, the more torn up he became on the inside.

What he called "the black cloud" swallowed him up. And he found himself thinking of ways to kill himself – from overdosing on sleeping pills to driving off a cliff.

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Executive shares stories about growing up gay

By Pam Kelley, Charlotte Observer

September 15, 2008

As a teenager, Mitchell Gold lived a dual life. One minute, he'd be talking and laughing with family or friends. The next, he'd feel a black cloud descend, reminding him of his enormous, unsolvable problem: He was attracted to men.

He vowed to himself that if he couldn't change by the time he turned 21, he'd commit suicide. He never changed, but his outlook eventually did.

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Mitchell Gold Tackles an American Crisis

David Mariner, Washington DC

August 26, 2008

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.

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Radio & Television

 

Charlie Rose

November 6, 2008

A conversation with Mitchell Gold about the book "Crisis: 40 Stories Revealing the Personal, Social, and Religious Pain and Trauma of Growing Up Gay in America."

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State of Belief—Religion and Radio Done Differently

Welton Gaddy

October 11 – 12, 2008

Mitchell Gold joins Welton in studio to discuss his new book, Crisis: 40 Stories Revealing the Personal, Social, and Religious Pain and Trauma of Growing Up Gay in America. Mitchell Gold is the co-founder of the furniture line, Mitchell Gold+Bob Williams, and he is the founder of Faith in America, an advocacy organization dedicated to fighting religious based bigotry against homosexuals. More information on his book is available at www.crisisbook.org.

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WHAM Rochester, NY

October 10, 2008

National Coming Out Day interview with Mitchell on 13 WHAM News This Morning

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KPBS San Diego

Tom Fudge

September 22, 2008

Growing up gay has been difficult and remains difficult. Parents assume their kids will develop heterosexual orientation and that's what the kids expect as well. When it turns out not to the be the case, it's almost always difficult for the kids and for the parents. How difficult depends on how the family and their community view homosexuality

Stories of coming out are very diverse. Some stories are heartwarming, some are utterly traumatic. Joining me now is Mitchell Gold. He's the editor of a new book that's a collection of coming-out stories.

Some of the stories are told by some very well-known gay people, like Barney Frank, who's now at the center of the financial bailout story we just talked about. The forward to Gold's book was written by tennis star Martina Navratilova. The book is called Crisis: 40 Stories Revealing the Personal, Social, and Religious Pain and Trauma of Growing up Gay in America.

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Gay USA Tv

September 17, 2008

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Culture Shock

Barry Lynn

September 17, 2008

Businessman and founder of Faith in America Inc, Mitchell Gold talks about CRISIS: 40 Stories Revealing The Personal, Social, and Religious Pain and Trauma of Growing Up Gay in America.

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Blogs

 

Gay Kids Tell Their Stories in CRISIS

Roger Sinasohn, ParentDish

January 29, 2009

When I first started reading CRISIS: 40 Stories Revealing the Personal, Social, and Religious Pain and Trauma of Growing Up Gay In America, I did not expect any great revelations. Having grown up in San Francisco to become an outspoken supporter of equal rights for all, I assumed that there would be no surprises awaiting me. Much to my surprise, however, that was not the case.

Sadly, I find myself in the unpleasant position of realizing that I have been a party to the difficulty that gay men and women face in this country in trying to be the person they truly are.

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Never again: The "Crisis" of gays in America

Hot Topics

September 29, 2008

One especially popular holiday victual is the pomegranate – with its myriad seeds – which symbolizes righteousness (the 613 good deeds in the Jewish bible) and also fruitfulness, referential of the biblical edict to "Be fruitful and multiply." Procreation was paramount for the small tribe of ancient Hebrews if they hoped to grow their numbers and their religion.

But anyone who's eaten what some scholars consider the Garden of Eden's true forbidden fruit in the "Book of Genesis" has, along with its sweet sanguine seeds, tasted its bitter white pulp. Equally distasteful to gays and lesbians is the fruit's procreative symbolism, since the inability of a same sex union to produce offspring "justifies" religion-based homophobia to this day.

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BOOK DESCRIBING CRISIS FACED BY GAY TEENS IN AMERICA LAUNCHES IN NEW YORK AND D.C.

OIA Newswire

September 24, 2008

Washington D.C – Close to 1,000 people last week attended events in Washington, D.C. and New York, N.Y., which launched longtime advocate and businessman Mitchell Gold's unique expose on the pain of growing up gay in America . The book, "Crisis: 40 Stories Revealing The Personal, Social and Religious Pain of Growing Up Gay In America," asks Americans to awaken to the pain being inflicted today on gay teens by a society that has been led to believe that such affliction is somehow morally or religiously justified.

Judith Light and Tipper Gore, were special guests for the New York and D.C. launch events respectively. They described the book as transformative and having the potential to change the way America treats its gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender citizens. The D.C. event, held at the Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams furniture store in Washington, followed the first launch event held in New York, N.Y., on Monday. Both events drew similar attendance.

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Mitchell Gold: Send My Book to Wasilla

Angela Valdez, Washington City Paper

September 23, 2008

Living in the snug enclave of the coastal media, it’s easy to forget that in some not-so-distant realms, Americans still face a massive cultural stigma against coming out as gay. A reminder of this reality comes from Crisis, a new book published by Mitchell Gold, one half of the high-end furniture retailer Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams. The book collects stories about growing up gay written by a few dozen ordinary and prominent Americans. Gold managed to gather an impressive group of contributors, including James McGreevey, Martina Navratilova and Gene Robinson (the first openly gay Episcopal bishop). The stories aren’t great examples of memoir–they’re simple essays with very personal messages. Candace Gingrich (Newt’s sister) writes about the moment when a reporter’s discovery of her sexuality thrust her into her own political career. She nudged her brother behind the scenes, while her mother urged her not to drag his name “through the mud.” An EMS tech from South Carolina writes about coming out to his family after his step brother was murdered in their hometown because he had been openly gay.

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Gold, Light, 'Crisis,' and Compassion

Steve Ralls: The Huffington Post

September 18, 2008

Openly gay furniture designer Mitchell Gold is most well-known for lush and plush home decor, but what some in the LGBT community may not be as aware of is his longtime advocacy on important issues- his generous philanthropy to the community and his work as founder of Faith in America, a non-profit organization dedicated to countering religious-based intolerance and clearing up the record about what it really means to be a person of faith and compassion.

Mitchell has given enormous amounts of time and money to battle the anti-LGBT forces, but his latest project, a book compilation entitled Crisis, is also a gift to the broader community... a soaring and moving testament to the struggles of LGBT people- and an often wrenching account of the obstacles and hate that so many people overcome to live authentically. And on Monday night in New York, some of the community's brightest stars and brightest minds, came out to toast Mitchell, his book and his advocacy on behalf of equality and civil rights.

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Read Crisis contributor Matt Comer's response

September 16, 2008

The Charlotte Observer today published a front-pager on the new book edited by Mitchell Gold, featuring 40 stories of gay and lesbian people’s ordeals growing up gay in America and their experiences in the church.

“CRISIS: 40 Stories Revealing the Personal, Social, and Religious Pain and Trauma of Growing Up Gay in America,” to which I contributed a chapter (excerpted at The Charlotte Observer’s website, mind you) “includes stories from actor Richard Chamberlain and U.S. Rep. Barney Frank as well as area contributors – Charlotte’s Matt Comer, editor of Q-Notes; Hickory’s Brent Childers, a straight evangelical Christian who has renounced his anti-gay views; and Myers Park Baptist Church Minister Stephen Shoemaker, whose church was booted from the Baptist State Convention for welcoming homosexuals.”

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YouTube

 

Tipper Gore speaks at Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams store in Washington, DC

Human Rights Campaign

September 18, 2008

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Mitchell Gold at the Washington, DC book launch party for CRISIS: 40 Stories

Human Rights Campaign

September 18, 2008

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