A Letter to a Friend : Thoughts on Living As a Gay Man: Thoughts on Living As a Gay Man
A Letter to a Friend was written in 1999 by Doug Cooper to his then boyfriend, Gregory Spencer, a year into their relationship. It was during a time when Gregory, having just come out to his family, was being pressured by some family members to reconsider his decision to live as a gay man. What began as a personal letter to Gregory eventually became a manifesto against homophobia and a declaration of liberation from homophobia. Giving thought to homophobic tropes and devices such as the idea of God's condemnation of homosexuality, and the view that declares homosexuality as unnatural, A Letter to a Friend challenges those worn ways of thinking with fresh ideas. A Letter to a Friend offers words and thoughts for anyone who wishes to break the bonds of homophobia, be they same-gender loving, or those who simply are brave enough to take a fresh look at old ideas. A Letter to a Friend implores all of us to take another look at ways of thinking that have held many captive to oppression and bigotry and to move to a spirit that seeks to realize a self-actualized spirit anchored in love.
- Paperback | 72 pages
- 127 x 203 x 4mm | 86g
- 05 Jan 2013
- Doug Cooper Spencer
About Doug Cooper Spencer
Doug Cooper-Spencer is a novelist, essayist, short fiction writer and lecturer living in Cincinnati. He is the author of three novels: 'This Place of Men', 'People Like Us', and 'Leaving Gomorrah' (books I, II, and III of the 'This Place of Men Series') as well as numerous essays and short stories. His writings have appeared in anthologies as well as reference books, magazines and online sites including his site: Dougcooperspencer.Com and on his blog: 'The View From Here', as well as at his Facebook page. In 2006 Doug was nominated by Clik Magazine as one of the 'Elite 25' black gay writers. Doug's years as an advocate for gay rights (which, ironically, began while serving in the military in the 1970's, and which led to his dismissal) have given him a treasure of history that he often uses in his lectures and commentaries on the subject. Along with his life-partner of fourteen years, Gregory, Doug also co-produced The Eyes Open Festival and was president of The Eyes Open Festival Organization, a non-profit organization that used the arts in the black SGLT community to educate and inspire all communities to wellness. He also appears in the award winning 1996 documentary, 'All God's Children', a film that looks at the role of black gays and the black church. Currently, Doug is at work on a screenplay, a collection of short fiction and essays, and a fourth novel.