For our second edition of the Book Club we will be reading and exchanging ideas about: The Velvet Rage by Alan Downs.
We will read a non-fiction book which we should have a lot to say, criticize, and learn. We all might still ask ourselves why despite coming out do I still feel sometimes insecure being gay? Why do we turn as gays to ideals of status, money, sex more than any other demographic group? Why is so difficult for me to find and accept love? A groundbreaking examination of the psychology of homosexuality, why it leads to shame over one’s identity, and how to overcome this.
“In The Velvet Rage, psychologist Alan Downs draws on his own struggle with shame and anger, contemporary research, and stories from his patients to passionately describe 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. 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 the Book Club in the ‘Gay & LesBian Social The Netherlands’ Meet up Group**
This event will never feel like a literature lesson, but a fun and cozy event. Its purpose is of connecting like-minded people through literature. We are a group of literature enthusiasts, home readers and those willing to improve their reading habits.
A short overview of the regular event is:
– Welcome drinks with selected music chosen for the book
– Short Introduction of the month Book
– Reading of selected central pieces of the book and main quotes
– Open conversation about the main topics of the book and personal impressions
– Selection of the book of the following month
– Final reading and Goodbye drinks
Next books will be selected democratically in the end of every session and are always a pro-LGBTQ or friendly material.
Due to the limiting amount of people for this event, please make sure to update your participation and please avoid short-term cancellations! People on the ‘waitlist’ will be automatically included.
Please buy/borrow your own copy of the selected book. Ideally everyone will have read the book before the session, but not mandatory. Support a local book shop whenever possible.
Event will be hosted at my place located in the Regulierdswarstraat, Amsterdam Center. I will send the exact address in a private message some days before.