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Reading Rainbow Book Club: The Velvet Rage




First published in 2005, THE VELVET RAGE delves deep into the psychological and emotional struggles that many queer people encounter while coming to terms with their sexuality and identity amid conservative religious upbringings. Dr. Alan Downs, a clinical psychologist, draws on his extensive experience to shed light on the hidden pain and unresolved issues that often accompany the journey of self-discovery for gay individuals. Through compelling personal anecdotes, insightful analysis, and practical advice, the book offers a compassionate and thought-provoking exploration of the issues surrounding self-acceptance, shame, and the pursuit of authentic happiness.


Co-hosted by Professors Benjamin Findlayson (Regis University, Dept. of Counseling and Family Therapy) and Andy Scahill (University of Colorado Denver, Dept. of English).


Reading Rainbow Queer Book Club that meets monthly to discuss book of interest to queer readers. Each month, we meet in a new location to match that month's book selection and to explore different queer-friendly venues in Denver. This month we will meet at Petals & Pages, a queer woman-owned and managed bookstore, flower shop, and community gathering space in Denver! Owner Dylah Ray and manager Emily Long are very excited to host us! Check out their event offerings for the queer community here: https://petalsandpagesofdenver.com/pages/upcoming-events


Reading the book is NOT required--come and help us pick our next selection or suggest a book for us to consider! This month's book is the queer classic The Velvet Rage: Overcoming the Pain of Growing Up Gay in a Straight Man's World.




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