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Today's gay man enjoys unprecedented, hard-won social acceptance. Despite this victory, however, serious problems still exist. Substance abuse, depression, suicide, and sex addiction among gay men are at an all-time high, causing many to ask,"Are we really better off?" Drawing on contemporary research, psychologist Alan Downs's own struggle with shame and anger, and stories from his patients, The Velvet Rage passionately describes the stages of a gay man's journey out of shame and offers practical and inspired strategies to stop the cycle of avoidance and self-defeating behaviour. Updated to reflect the effects of the many recent social, cultural, and political changes, The Velvet Rage is an empowering book that has already changed the public discourse on gay culture and helped shape the identity of an entire generation of gay men.

 

Details

ISBN: 9780738215679
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 272
Edition: 2nd edition
Publication Date: 5 Jun 2012
Publisher: Hachette Books
Publication City, Country: United States
Dimensions (cm): 20.8(H) x 13.8(L) x 2(W)
Weight (gm): 236

 

Reviews

Philadelphia Gay News bestseller, 5/11/12 "A groundbreaking examination of the psychology of homosexuality, why it leads to shame over one's identity and how to overcome it. This book has remarkable staying power." Artvoice, 11/26/15 "The clearest, most succinct delineation of the origins and consequences of internalized homophobia, and how to address them."

 

Author Biography

Alan Downs, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist practicing in Beverly Hills, California. The former CEO of Michael's House Treatment centre, Downs now maintains a thriving private psychotherapy practice and an intensive outpatient addiction program.
The Velvet Rage: Overcoming the Pain of Growing Up Gay in a Straight Man's World
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