Straight Acting: Gay Men, Masculinity, and Finding True Love

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Fed up with the fact that men have a shorter shelf life than sushi?

Finding, let alone building, a strong relationship can still be challenging for gay men. The reason? Masculinity. All men, gay or straight, have been socialized to believe that to be overtly gay is unmanly and shameful. To compensate, many gay men adopt a macho, "straight acting" pose that blocks them from being their full selves, expressing their true feelings and forging real, lasting connections.

In Straight Acting, Angelo Pezzote (AskAngelo.com) encourages readers to go beyond limiting ideas of how "real" men should behave, and leave behind out-dated ways of being that create stumbling blocks to deeper intimacy. Drawing on his years of experience as a gay psychotherapist and advice columnist, he offers practical and thoughtful relationship strategies, with tips on subjects that include coming out, dating, how to avoid falling for a player, how to maintain a sizzling, satisfying sex life, navigating open relationships, and much more. Most of all, he delivers crucial insights on the importance of ditching the macho act and learning to be true to yourself. Whether you're single and sick of it, wanting to move closer to your partner, or wondering how to meet someone for the very first time, let Angelo show you how to get real and get him. Put yourself out there to get--and keep--the love you want.

Angelo Pezzote is a leading gay psychotherapist, presenter and journalist. Originally educated and trained as a pharmacist, he first broadened his practice by visiting the Amazon rainforest and exploring the natural roots of modern medicine. After traveling much of the world and learning from many cultures, he decided to expand his knowledge and study the field of behavioral medicine or health psychology, which focuses upon how biological, psychological and social factors affect illness and wellness. He subsequently earned a second professional degree in counseling psychology. Today, as a mental health counselor, he now helps thousands of gay people thrive in a sometimes insensitive world. They find self-acceptance and greater fulfillment through his private practice, workshops, widely visited website (Askangelo.com), Ask Angelo column, television appearances (including The Montel Williams Show) and other media features.

"There is no such thing as a 'real man,' only millions of men -- straight and gay -- trying to convince themselves and others that they have the right stuff. In Straight Acting, Angelo Pezzote peers behind the curtain to uncover the human costs of this relentless masculine performance. His immediate concern is gay men, but all men who seek love, intimacy, and most of all self-respect can benefit from the honesty and wisdom in these pages." --Jackson Katz, creator of the award-winning educational film Tough Guise: Violence, Media and the Crisis in Masculinity

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Straight Acting Drawing on his years of experience as a gay psychotherapist and advice columnist, Angelo Pezzote offers readers relationship strategies and tips on subjects that include coming out, dating, how to avoid falling for a player, how to maintain a sizzling sex life, and how to ditch the macho act in order to get--and keep--the love they want. Full description

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The author, drawing on his years of experience as a gay psychotherapist and advice columnist (AskAngelo.com), offers practical and thoughtful relationship strategies, as well as insight into such issues as coming out, dating, avoiding players, and maintaining a satisfying sex life. Original.

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