Nathan Strang

Bil's Birthday Book Giveaway!

Filed By Nathan Strang | October 08, 2009 8:30 AM | comments

Filed in: Contests, Marriage Equality
Tags: Bil Browning, March on Washington, Mitchell Gold

Sincebil.jpg Bil is enroute to DC for the March on Washington (I had a lapse in priorities and am going to a They Might Be Giants show in Chicago, but alas...), he asked me to take care of the contests this weekend. However, I'd be remiss if I didn't mention one thing:


I've posted a picture from his younger, more innocent years... before he became to cool for that extra "L." To celebrate, we're giving away five autographed copies of Mitchell Gold's book "Crisis: 40 Stories Revealing the Personal, Social, and Religious Pain and Trauma of Growing Up Gay in America." This amazing book compiles the stories of 40 different Americans from different walks in life, but all sharing the same pain from being a gay teen growing up restricted, rebuked, and reviled. These stories explain why the March on Washington is so important; there are teens killing themselves because they don't know what else to do. It isn't just about marriage, its about the right to live your life without fear.

Did I mention Mitchell Gold autographed these 5 books? Check out after the jump on how to snag a copy for yourself.

The book's contributors reveal what made them feel alone and unloved-- and at times so hopeless suicide seemed the only option. And they suggest ways to help the next generation of teens. These stories are also lessons in perseverance and achievement, showing the inner strength of the contributors and inspiring us all with their triumphs against the odds. Learn the harm religion-based prejudices cause, see the dangers of "cures" like reparative therapy, and get insight into the question of sin and homosexuality that divides many churches and families today. Become better able to help gay kids in your family, congregation, or classroom. Understand the importance of electing candidates who support equal rights and strive to protect all our children.

Here's how to win:

  1. Post a comment with your birthday wishes for Bil, and since none of ya'll got him a present (shoot, we're giving you presents!) write what you would have gotten Bil if you had, and money was no option. It's the thought that counts right?
  2. Bilerico contribs aren't eligible to win, but you can, and should comment with your birthday wishes.
  3. Contest runs from now until Midnight, October 9th, which I know is actually the 10th.
  4. 5 random comments will be picked from the eligible comments below, and each winner will be sent one of five autographed copies of Mitchell Gold's book.

To learn more about the book, visit I also encourage you to visit an organization that Mitchell Gold founded, Faith In America. FIA was created to to educate the public about the harm caused to gay Americans when religion-based bigotry and prejudice is used to justify condemnation, discrimination and violence toward this minority population group.

Happy Birthday Bil!

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I already own this book and have put a copy in our church library. If you don't win it, buy it, read it and give it to someone else to read.

If money were no object, I'd buy Bil several acres of land with a staff of three caretakers for the buildings, pens and free space to take care of all the stray animals that somehow know he's a soft touch.

Happy birthday, Bil!

Happy Birthday, Bil!
Please, keep up the excellent work - for all our sakes!
I'd get Bil as a present: an autographed copy of 'Crisis' by Mitchell Gold! Ha ha, actually I'd give him my friend Hugo, who's quest is to "save the gays" from oppression and bigotry, so they could do so together.
In fact, if I win this book, I will give it to Hugo as a present, from Bil. Is that cool?

- Liquid

I hate typos.
'who's' should of course read 'whose'.


Happy Birthday, Bil!

If money were no object, I'd get Bil a national health care system that would cover everyone at an affordable price! :) Or maybe equal rights for all citizens, regardless of who they choose to love!

Or maybe a cool new desktop to bump up his productivity when blogging!

Happy Birthday Bil, and even though I did send you a present, if money were no object I'd buy you the rights to the .bilerico TLD.

So many inappropriate gift ideas, so little time.

I'd give Bil the greatest gift of all, which is apparently getting fucked on Christmas.

Rodney Hoffman | October 8, 2009 3:03 PM

Happy Birthday, Bil!!

For your birthday, I would give you (and everyone) the obvious gift: a world with full legal equality for all persons everywhere, and with the social disease of homophobia dying out.


Happy Birthday, Bil! As my birthday is also this weekend and I live in DC, I would bring you along on my birthday shenanigans on Saturday night and offer you my futon for crashing before the March!

Happy birthday, Bil!

Love the photo! Reminds of an innocent time--oh, that crush on Doogie.

Hey Bil, I'd probably get you one of these because they're so freaking adorable:

Happy Birthday Bil!!!!

For your birthday, I'd give you full marriage equality in all 50 states... and the territories.. heck, in every country in the world!

Oh, and a pet llama.


[ * OK, I said it ... Now I want to win something goddammit! * ]

P.S. If money were no object, I would buy you and Jerame a beautiful sprawling mansion on North Meridian ...

... right next to mine.

Happy Birthday, Bil!

If money were no object, I'd buy 1 million of your books,give them away, and book you on Oprah.

Happy Birthday Bil!
If money were no object, I'd buy you Neil Patrick Harris.

Happy Birthday, Bil! If I win the Mega Millions tonight, I would make sure that you received lots of electronic joy from those fine folks at Apple. Mmm hmm.