In 1989, Mitchell Gold and his business partner, Bob Williams, created a furniture company called Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams, in Taylorsville, North Carolina. Just nine years later, Inc. magazine positioned the company at number 57 on its list of the 500 fastest-growing private companies. In April 2005, Inc. named Gold one of its “26 Entrepreneurs We Love.”
Gold and Williams have built a nationally recognized company with over 750 employees and a work environment with family-friendly benefits such as an onsite daycare center and health-conscious café. They have an intense determination to make the most comfortable furniture while treating their employees, customers, and suppliers with respect.
Gold also founded Faith in America, dedicated to ending religion-based prejudice against the gay community. He supports a variety of nonprofits, including those helping people with life-threatening diseases and those working for equal rights.
A mental health crisis faces American teens right now—and it is one we can solve. Hundreds of thousands of gay teens face traumatic depression, fear, rejection, persecution, and isolation—usually alone. Studies show they are 190 percent more likely to used drugs or alcohol and four times more likely to attempt suicide. Homophobia and discrimination are at the heart of their pain. Love, support, and acceptance—all within our power to give—can save them.
This book is for: clergy, parents, educators, and politicians who cause harm with their words and actions; parents of gay teens; teens navigating this difficult time; and fair-minded people who want to help end the harm. Here are revealing stories by forty diverse Americans, some well known and some not, plus insights from straight clergy and parents explaining their support of gay people as whole human beings guaranteed equal rights by our Constitution.