The Velvet Rage tells the story of Alan Downs’ own journey from shame and self-hatred to understanding, authenticity, and joy—and provides readers with a powerful road map for their own personal liberation. In this compelling book, Dr. Downs explodes the myths about homosexuality and offers a new vision of gay identity that is healthy, authentic, and triumphant. He shows how gay people can liberate themselves from the torment of homophobia by embracing their inner power and nobility—the velvet rage.
For who is this book for ?
This book is meant for the LGBTQ+ community, who have gone through or are currently going through a tough time. This book offers hope and guidance to those struggling with their sexuality.
- The Velvet Rage is an insightful, well-written book that provides a fresh perspective on the gay experience.
- It offers readers a powerful road map for their own personal liberation.
- This book is sure to be of interest to anyone who wants to better understand LGBTQ+ identity and the struggle for self acceptance.
- The Velvet Rage is a dense book that may be difficult for some readers to get through.
- Dr. Downs does not shy away from discussing heavy topics like suicide and sexual abuse, which could be triggering for some people.
- The Velvet Rage contains a lot of personal anecdotes that may or may not resonate with all readers
Learn more about the author
Alan Downs, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist specializing in the treatment of gay and lesbian issues. He has served as consultant to numerous organizations including GLAAD (Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) and PFLAG (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays). Dr. Downs lives with his partner in Los Angeles, California.
“The Velvet Rage is an extraordinarily brave and introspective book. Dr. Alan Downs has done a great service in bringing to light the issues that plague many gay men.”
“The Velvet Rage is a life-changing book. It has given me back my self-esteem and helped me to understand both myself and my gay son in a much more compassionate way.”
“This book is a must read for every gay person on the planet. It will change your life.”
“This is an extraordinary book. It can help so many people to understand themselves and their relationships in a profound way.”