NASHVILLE -- Mitchell Gold, business leader and philanthropist, speaks on "Growing Up Gay in America" Oct. 12 at 7 p.m. at the Nash Arts Center in Nashville. The book "Crisis," edited by Gold, highlights stories of rejection within families, religious institutions, schools and the workplace. It also issues a call for understanding and compassion.
"I don't want more gay teenagers to suffer from depression, isolation or to have suicidal thoughts because of the fear of what will happen if others are aware of their sexual orientation," Gold said. "This is what I went through when I was young, and I'm hoping gay youth today will be able to live honestly in a better, more accepting world. This is my life-long goal and my reason for creating this book."
A resident of Hickory, Gold is best known as a leader and trendsetter in the furniture industry. He is co-founder and chairman of Mitchell Gold/Bob Williams, a nationally recognized business with over 750 employees and a family-friendly work environment that includes an onsite not-for-profit child care center.
Gold is also founder of Faith in America, a nonprofit organization dedicated to ending religion-based prejudice. "Mitchell's definition of comfort goes far beyond the sit of a sofa," said Brent Childers, executive director of FIA. "It is his passionate belief that true comfort cannot be achieved without true equality for all."
A reception hosted by PFLAG Rocky Mount will follow Gold's presentation.