My Unicycle Journey for Equal Rights
Soulscapers; $16.95; Original Trade
Paperback; July 2006;
ISBN: 0-9719415-1-3; 352 Pages; 6"x9";
Illustrations and BW Photos; Distributed by QP Distribution
"Nothing less than a sacred journey… Lars Clausen
reveals the painful and the awesome throughout his stories...We are on the brink
of LGBT equality in this country, and we need more people like Lars to help make
equality a reality for everyone…Straight Into Gay America is a light for the
journey ahead and a bridge across the divide between straight and gay.
PFLAG Executive Director, Jody
About the Book:
Lars Clausen unicycled
from Vermont to Virginia to discover everyday LGBT life and share the stories he
encountered. From anti-gay preacher Jerry Falwell to the gay-rights directors of
HRC, PFLAG, and Soulforce, Clausen's personal journey as a Lutheran pastor
forced difficult choices between the exclusionary status quo of his church and
the inclusive commitment of Jesus.
In Straight Into Gay America people shared their lives
with the Guinness World Record–holding pastor who unicycled 1,000 miles for
equal rights. Through roadside encounters and overnight stays, Clausen has
crafted a story of everyday people living through the most polarizing political
and religious battles of our times.
Clausen's purpose in creating Straight Into Gay America
is to help build the wave of equality conversations in the United States.
To help achieve this goal, Clausen is giving his book away free, one page a day,
delivered by email. Anyone who visits www.straightintogayamerica.com can receive pages and add to this conversation.
About the Author:
Writing expresses Lars Clausen's hope to
foster community and discover a deeper personal honesty. His first book,
One Wheel – Many Spokes: USA by Unicycle is a "stepping out" story, and achieved
space from his normal routines by unicycling through all 50 states while
exploring Native land and history. On the ride Clausen set two Guinness
World Records. Straight Into Gay America: My Unicycle Journey for Equal
Rights, is a coming-out story, combining personal exploration with active
advocacy for the kind of world that Clausen hopes we can become.
Clausen hold degrees in Mechanical Engineering from U.C.
Berkeley and from Northwestern in Evanston, Illinois. He is an ordained
minister in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. His Master of Divinity
degree comes from Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary in Berkeley,
Clausen lives with his family in Chelan, Washington, on
the east side of the Cascade Mountains. He is married to Anne and together
they are raising their children KariAnna (12) and Kai
Title: Straight Into Gay America:
Journey for Equal Rights
Author: Lars Clausen
Price: $16.95 Original Trade Paperback
Categories: Gay/Lesbian, Politics,
Additional information, including press quality images,
is available at www.straightintogayamerica.com.
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