Dec. 8, 2006 – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT:
Don L. Wright
Director of Publicity
Pivot Point Books
If Your Kid Is Gay – Does God Hate Him? – Should You?
“Thank you, Carol Lynn Pearson, for reminding us that the task of any religion is to teach us whom we’re required to love, not whom we’re entitled to hate.”
–Rabbi Harold Kushner, author of When Bad Things Happen to Good People
Walnut Creek, CA–November 10, 2006– The high-stakes argument over who God loves and who God hates tears apart not only our global family, but our individual families as well. Many mothers and fathers become trapped between their religious belief and their natural love for a child—even if that child is gay. Does God love a homosexual person? Should the family? Carol Lynn Pearson’s new book, No More Goodbyes: Circling the Wagons around Our Gay Loved Ones ($14.95; Softcover; 306 pp; 0-9638852-4-3), offers solutions to families and religious communities dealing with this struggle, encouraging them to understand, love, communicate with and stand by their gay members.
Many homosexual people, abandoned by family and feeling condemned by God, live in emotional anguish. Unnecessary and unfortunate goodbyes often come as the result of:
• Suicide–approximately 30% of all youth suicides are committed by gay young people, who comprise perhaps 5% of the general population.
• Ill-fated marriages–contracted with hope of “change,” usually end in extreme sorrow for both spouses and distress for the children.
• Family alienation–it is not uncommon for a family to reject their gay child. No More Goodbyes presents many inspiring stories of religious families blessing and being blessed by their gay children.
Carol Lynn Pearson is an award-winning author whose best-selling autobiography, Goodbye, I Love You (Random House, 1986) tells the story of her life with her husband, their Mormon temple marriage, four children, mutual anguish at his inability to change his homosexual orientation, eventual divorce, ongoing friendship, and finally his death from AIDS in her home where she was caring for him. Pearson has appeared on Oprah and been featured in People Magazine. She has talked with hundreds of gay people and their families and is uniquely qualified to assist them on their difficult journey.
Contact us for a copy of No More Goodbyes, read more about the book at www.nomoregoodbyes.com, or call/email to request an interview with the author.
NOTE: The world premiere performance of Pearson’s new play, Facing East, was presented to full houses in Salt Lake City, Utah in November, 2006. The play tells the story of a Mormon couple dealing with the suicide of their gay son. Information is available at www.facingeasttheplay.com.
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