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About Mason's New Literary Masterpiece
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Every now and then, a piece of gay affirming literature written from a Black same-gender-loving perspective comes along that has the power to not only entertain but to be transformative.
In the early 90's Keith Boykin's One More River To Cross became the light in a dark tunnel that was my foreseeable future filled with loneliness, depression, rejection, and a sense of unworthiness-in a hostile and homophobic society that tried to convince me that this is what I would experience in life as a gay man.
Nearly thirteen years after Boykin's book was published and considerable achievements by black gay authors in a myriad of genres have occurred, gay author and ordained minister Terry Angel Mason emerges with They Say That I Am Broken, a collection of essays, short stories and poems written to affirm the black gay experience.
A work of non-fiction, They Say That I Am Broken is slightly autobiographical as Mason cleverly weaves his life experiences as a black openly gay minister with the stories of so many wounded gay men of color navigating through life in search of acceptance, love, and equality.
Like it's predecessor, the best-selling book Love Won't Let Me Be Silent, where Mason spoke directly to parents of gay youth who often find it nearly impossible to reconcile conservative biblical teaching with homosexuality in chapters such as "Lord My Child is Gay, What Do I Do?", "What AIDS Cannot Do", and "Don't Walk Past Your Miracle", a look at the potential beautiful partners we overlook as gay men on a search for the fairy tale companion.
In They Say That I Am Broken, the formula may appear the same as Mason fearlessly takes on the hypocrisy of the black church in the essay "Don't Blame Me For Your Mess", but this global author expands his reach in the gut-wrenching "Uganda, My Heart Weeps For You", bringing to the forefront a modern day gay apartheid.
Mason masterfully tackles the intersection of race and homophobia in They Say That I Am Broken, while simultaneously challenging heterosexual privilege, leaving the reader with a profound sense of self-worth, whereas, before it may have been in question.
If black men loving other black men are considered a revolutionary act, then Mason provides a blueprint to love God, yourself, and ultimately the man of your choosing boldly and without reservation in They Say That I Am Broken.
It's a must read!
-Darian Aaron, Journalist and author of When Love Takes Over: A Celebration of SGL Couples of Color
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Companion book to Love Won't Let Me Be Silent
Porciones de este libro dinámico son en español.
Y muchas de las fotografías en el libro, fueron fotografiados por una ganador de premio hispana lesbianas mujer
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Internationally Renowned Author and Minister Terry Angel Mason Sheds Light on Gay Relationships, Homophobia, HIV, and The Gay Black Male Experience In New Book, They Say That I Am Broken
Author calls out the Black Church’s anti-gay rhetoric and encourages self-love and acceptance for same gender loving people across the country
Los Angeles, CA— Anti-gay sentiment and heterosexism within the Black Church and the Black community is alive and well, and continues to fuel the self-hatred and suicides of thousands of innocent victims around the world. According to a 2009 study by Dr. Caitlin Ryan, teens who were rejected by their families for identifying as gay or lesbian were 8.4 times more likely to report having attempted suicide. With suicide rates at an all-time high, Terry Angel Mason’s highly anticipated release, They Say That I Am Broken, sets out to heal the wounded hearts and broken spirits of same gender loving people who are battling self-hate, loneliness, and abandonment, and offers powerful principals that ignite the flames of hope, love and acceptance.
Angel Mason, an international self-published author, speaker, HIV activist and Civil Rights leader, exploded on the literary scene with the poignant release of Love Won’t Let Me Be Silent, a gripping tome that offered strategies to help parents, families, ministers, teachers and community leaders effectively understand and support gay teens, young adults, and people infected with HIV/AIDS. Mason’s book touched the lives of millions and was submitted for a Pulitzer Prize and numerous awards, including the Lambda Awards and the Stonewall Awards.
Riding on the success of Love Won’t Let Me Be Silent, They Say That I Am Broken is destined for the best-seller’s list and is already receiving widespread praise from critics and readers around the country. According to journalist and author Darion Aaron, “If black men loving other black men are considered a revolutionary act, then Mason provides a blueprint to love God, yourself, and ultimately the man of your choosing boldly and without reservation in They Say That I Am Broken. It's a must read!”
An engrossing collection of essays, short stories and poems, They Say That I Am Broken is a timely page-turner that deals with the reality of the black gay experience.
Stories such as “My Boyfriend’s Got a Girlfriend,” and “This is Not a Dream”, reflect the complexities surrounding gay men living double lives. Sizzling love poems such as Every Time I Hear Your Voice, How Do You Describe an Angel, and So You Think You Love Me, demonstrate the passion and undying love and commitment between men.
“The reason I decided to write They Say That I Am Broken is to start a movement that will put an end to suicides, self-destruction and exclusion that is taking place around the world, and to challenge the misconception that God does not love homosexuals. My ultimate goal is to present the truth; because it is only in truth that we can obtain self- acceptance, love, joy, and peace.
As you read through the pages of this thought-provoking book, you will find that the poems, stories, and articles address a variety of themes and stylistic sensibilities. Even though this book is classified as a non-fiction gay book, tucked neatly within its pages are creative fiction stores and commentaries, cleverly penned in both English and Spanish that boldly knock down taboos and transcends stigmas, that one day, I hope will be woven into social fabric and hearts of all Americans,” states Mason.
A diverse work of fiction and non-fiction, Mason bravely and successfully confronts homophobia, DADT (Don’t Ask Don’t Tell), and eloquently discusses issues surrounding incarcerated men, gay marriage, homeless gay children, the Black Church’s anti-gay agenda and the effects on the Black community, and more. Also included in this fascinating book is a preview from mason’s beloved Ebook, Get On The Road To Riches, which assists all people with overcoming the major obstacles to achieving lifelong success, happiness and financial fulfillment. View the exciting excerpts inside this book, and purchase a copy by visiting www.TerryAngelMason.com.
They Say That I Am Broken is currently available for purchase by visiting www.TerryAngelMason.com. According to The Data Lounge, there are currently 50.5 million Hispanics living in the United States, and they are growing at a much higher rate than any demographic. Due to the growing Hispanic population and the overwhelming demand of Terry Angel Mason’s books, They Say That I Am Broken includes powerful and dynamic excerpts in Spanish that are available in the book. Buy copies of this historical book immediately by visiting www.TerryAngelMason.com.
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About Global Author Terry Angel Mason
Terry Angel Mason is an internationally renowned author, keynote speaker, poet, singer, songwriter, minister, and Civil Rights activist who currently resides is Southern California. He is the author of three popular titles, Love Won’t Let Me Be Silent, They Say That I am Broken, and The Dream Keeper, set to be released later this year). A revered leader and global change agent, Terry Angel Mason’s mission is to inspire, educate and empower millions around the world, and promote love and acceptance for all people. A highly sought after author and activist, Mason has been featured in Broadway World, The Advocate, The Windy City Times Newspaper, New Pittsburgh Courier, New England Enquirer, Our Weekly Magazine, Out Impact, ME Magazine, POZ Magazine, A & U Magazine, Real Health Magazine, Q Magazine, FUSE Online Magazine, Echelon Magazine, and in many other publications.
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