The Velvet Rage by Alan Downs
Overcoming the Pain of Growing Up Gay in a Straight Man's World, Second Edition

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Downs is an engaging writer, though prone to repeating the same few points in different words...While many gay readers will fail to recognize themselves here, others will find Downs's logic warming and even generous
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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 behavior. 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. 
 

About Alan Downs

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Alan Downs, PhD, is a clinical psychologist practicing in Beverly Hills, California. The former CEO of Michael's House Treatment Center, Downs now maintains a thriving private psychotherapy practice and an intensive outpatient addiction program.
 
Published June 5, 2012 by Da Capo Lifelong Books. 274 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Political & Social Sciences, Gay & Lesbian, Education & Reference, Biographies & Memoirs, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction
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Publishers Weekly

Good
on May 23 2005

Downs is an engaging writer, though prone to repeating the same few points in different words...While many gay readers will fail to recognize themselves here, others will find Downs's logic warming and even generous

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Toronto Star

Above average
Reviewed by Brent Ledger on Mar 19 2011

But the theory as a whole is just another attempt to ascribe every aspect of a complicated human being to some dark, nefarious secret buried in childhood...skip the pop psychology: Find a sympathetic therapist and get to work.

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Reviewed by Terri Schlichenmeyer, on Sep 21 2012

What was most appealing about this book, though, were the last chapters...Downs helps readers along with his “Skills for Leading an Authentic Life,” which are good strengths to cultivate, no matter where you are (or are not) on Downs’ continuum.

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