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THEY SAY THAT I AM BROKEN - AUDIO EXCERPT FROM BOOK
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April 11, 2011 08:16 PM PDT
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They say that I am broken like an expensive crystal glass that has just fallen to the floor and been shattered into a million pieces.
Cracked liked a piece of fine porcelain or priceless ceramic pottery, even after a master sculptor had labored over me for hours to mold me and create me in His own image.

So shattered, it was easy to be misled, enslaved, and seduced by others to live a lifestyle that many claim dishonors humanity and insults deity.
For years, I believed them before I understood, before I knew the truth, and before I knew how deeply and passionately He loves me!
They had me so convinced, that I was broken and in need of repair until at times, I began to despise the desires that were natural to me and desperately tried to disown them, rip them from my being, and declare with everything in my consciousness that they were not my own and could never be my own!!! And in desperation, I cried out a million times in prayer to be delivered and repaired.
Surely He can repair me since He created me, I reasoned! After all, wouldn't He love me more? Wouldn't people accept me and embrace me more if I were not broken and shattered?
Stay in fellowship, pray without ceasing, sing in the choir, usher on the Usher Board and fast until every evil desire is uprooted like a dead plant a gardener discards and uproots because it has died, were my goals.
So I walked with my brothers and sisters, prayed with them, sang with them, gave my hard-earned money to them, spent the night with them in all-night church prayer shut-ins, let them drench me with anointing oil until I was soaked, and cast the demons out of me. Why did I do it? I did it because they said I was broken and in need of repair.
But one day while walking with them on life's journey, my feet began to bleed, and in utter horror, I looked at them, wondering what had cut my feet so severely. I knew what the glass looked like from my own so-called brokenness, but the huge sharp, jagged pieces in my feet did not resemble anything of mine.
I thought to myself, where could all this shattered glass be coming from? As I looked up the road, I shuddered because I could see nothing but an unending sea of broken glass ahead. But strangely enough, the people who were walking in front of me were not bleeding at all. Their feet had been so bruised, so calloused, so scarred, their minds so seared and hearts so hardened -- so used to walking in broken glass, until they could not see that they were in need of repair and were wounding me!
As I examined the glass more closely, trying to dodge it on the ground so I wouldn't get cut anymore, I saw fragments that reflected their adultery, bitterness, unforgiveness, jealousy, deception, hypocrisy, orgies, hatred, prejudice, drug abuse, child abuse, spousal abuse, misappropriation of church funds, alcoholism, infidelity, countless children born out of wedlock, abandoned and uncared for by church mothers and fathers — a list far too numerous to recount!
Instinctively, I knew that if I did not stop following them, eventually my feet would be cut to shreds, and I would not survive the journey.
So I began to discreetly and quietly walk down another road, but when they noticed that I was no longer following them, they screamed at me from a distance: "You are going to hell! We always knew you never loved Him! Your perversion has blinded you! You are deceived and in error! This is the reason why the institution of marriage is deteriorating in our society today, because of perverts like you!"
Tears streamed from my eyes, and my heart was broken. Condemnation overwhelmed me, and guilt worked hard to persuade me to turn around. And just as I was about to, I met a man on the road, carrying a cross. And I thought to myself, why is He walking down this road carrying such a huge wooden cross? It must be heavy! It must be a tremendous burden to carry!
As I got closer to Him, I noticed my name written on the cross. And in utter amazement, I stopped; but before I could ask Him the reason for the inscription, He answered and said, "Because the Father loves you!" And then out of nowhere, another man appeared and took His cross from Him while He bent down to remove the jagged pieces of glass from my feet that had caused them to bleed so terribly. I immediately began to weep and apologize for all the broken glass and for taking up His time, especially since He was carrying such a heavy cross. He looked into my eyes and said, "Why do you apologize for the brokenness of others?" The brokenness of others?, I thought!!!
"Do you know why you were able to find me on this road?" He asked "No," I replied. "I didn't expect to see anyone on this road because of the way I was living, how differently I was made, because of what I desire, and the things I had done in my past!"
That is when He asked me to look up. I thought He was directing my attention to the sky, but I knew it could not be so because the light that was emanating from His body seemed to out-shine the sun. As I gazed around, I noticed a simple sign by the side of the road that said "HIGHWAY OF TRUTH."
As I looked into His beautiful hazel eyes, He smiled and said, "All who worship Me must worship Me in spirit and in truth! The Fathers seeks and loves those who do!"
But I am broken; I am shattered! I am -- that is when He took my hands and placed them in His side and said, "Wounded for your transgressions, bruised for your iniquities, the chastisement of the world's peace was upon Me and by my stripes, you are healed!" I looked at my feet, and they were no longer cut and bleeding, but miraculously healed. But I don't understand, sir! How did you do this? How did this happen?
His reply: "Love compelled me, and compassion inspired me and moved me to action!"
But why? Why for me? And just before I could say "I was broken" again, He said, "The world is broken! There is none good, none perfect, no, not one! Not the Pastor, not the evangelist, not the apostle, not the preacher, not the prophet or the prophetess, not the minister of music, not the teacher, not the deacon, not the Bishop, not even the church trustee!
Son, all of humanity is broken, and that is why I came! While they singled you out because of your uniqueness, they foolishly forgot that all are in need of a redeemer. Even if you had somehow managed to change your natural inclinations, suppressed them, and began to live another way, without my sacrifice, eternal life could never be yours. Do you want eternal life?" He asked. "Yes," I replied!

"Then believe on Me with your whole heart," He said, "and change your confession! Say no more 'I am broken'! Say no more 'I am shattered'! Instead, say 'I am healed'! Say 'I am redeemed'! Say 'I and the Father are one'! Say 'I walk in the newness of life'. "And when the appointed time comes, I shall return for you, and then I will complete my work."
"What work is that?" I asked.
"To restore the planet to its former state of perfection and transform your body from mortal to immortal in a twinkling of an eye; then take you to my Father's house. For there, He has prepared a marvelous banquet for you," was His reply.
Then suddenly, He and the man holding the cross vanished. As I sat quietly by the road, bewildered and pondering what had just occurred, I decided to continue my journey. As I began to walk, the road seemed to ascend and my legs became tired and my body weary from the tedious climb up the hill. When I got to the top, I noticed people huddled together in a circle (looking up), but I could not see what they were gazing at. Something compelled me to press my way through the crowd, and to my horror, I discovered the man who had healed me by the side of the road -- brutally beaten, slain, and hanging on a cross, with nails in His hands and feet. Who could have done this to such a beautiful, kind man? Why did they murder Him and hang Him on a cross to die? I thought, as buckets of tears streamed down my face.
That is when I remembered the words He spoke to me as I was on the side of the road -- cut, bleeding, rejected, and in despair: "Wounded for your transgressions, bruised for your iniquities; the chastisement of our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes, we are healed! I am going away, but I will come again to renew the Earth and restore it to its former state of perfection, and I will transform your body from mortal to immortal in a twinkling of an eye and take you back with Me to my Father's house. For there, He has prepared a marvelous banquet for you! Say no more 'You are broken'! Say no more 'You are shattered'! Say 'You are healed!'"

By Terry Angel Mason, Global Author
Excerpt from They Say That I Am Broken
AUTHOR'S WEBSITE: WWW.TERRYANGELMASON.COM

Tucked neatly within the pages of this inspiring non-fiction masterpiece are creative stores cleverly penned by Mason, in a genre of fiction that boldly knocks down taboos and transcends stigmas --
literally becoming part of the social
fabric of Black America today!

Release Date: JULY 2011
You can pre-order a signed copy of They Say That I Am Broken
at a discounted price and have it mailed directly to you.
As an added bonus, you will also receive a FREE copy of "Get On The Royal Road to Riches" a special gift from this very gifted author.

Terry Angel Mason is available for all media interviews/appearances. Interview requests should be submitted to Florence@Publicity911.com. Electronic review copies of They Say That I Am Broken are also available upon request.

About Global Author Terry Angel Mason
Terry Angel Mason is an internationally renowned author, keynote speaker, poet, singer, songwriter, minister, and Civil Rights activist who currently resides is Southern California. He is the author of three popular titles, Love Won't Let Me Be Silent, They Say That I am Broken, and The Dream Keeper, set to be released later this year). A revered leader and global change agent, Terry Angel Mason's mission is to inspire, educate and empower millions around the world, and promote love and acceptance for all people. A highly sought after author and activist, Mason has been featured in Broadway World, The Windy City Times Newspaper, New Pittsburgh Courier, New England Enquirer, Our Weekly Magazine, Out Impact, ME Magazine, POZ Magazine, A & U Magazine, Real Health Magazine, Q Magazine, FUSE22 Online Magazine, Echelon Magazine, and in many other publications.

Watch exciting interviews with Angel Mason by clicking the links below:

National Urban League Interview:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z_p47McSUdY&feature=player_embedded
San Diego Housing Association Interview:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V8YpZnJLHN8&feature=player_embedded#at=53

Real Health Interview:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WyUNDQbMBck&feature=player_embedded

For breaking news, articles, interviews, or to learn more about Terry Angel Mason, visit his website at www.TerryAngelMason.com. He can also be reached on the Web via Facebook at www.facebook.com/home.php#/terryangelmason, on Myspace at
Myspace: www.myspace.com/angelslovesongs,
www.myspace.com/booksthatprosper
and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/ALOVEBALLAD.

HOW DO YOU DESCRIBE AN ANGEL
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February 26, 2011 01:48 AM PST
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BY TERRY ANGEL MASON, GLOBAL AUTHOR

WWW.TERRYANGELMASON.COM

Terry Angel Mason, the African-American author who is rapidly becoming internationally acclaimed, is highly regarded for his ability to overcome adversity. Many would go so far as to say Mason is a Maverick of an angel since his life reads like an excerpt from Tony Kushner's Angels in America. He has a momentous quest, having overcome two life threatening-illnesses. Mason's thought-provoking articles, life-changing stories, and sensual romantic poetry about the Black gay experience touches and inspires millions of lives worldwide  as is evidenced by the numerous distributors who carry his much sought-after literary masterpiece, LOVE WON'T LET ME BE SILENT.

Mason's new book is proving to be tremendously appealing to men and women of all ages and ethnicities in every country at a record pace, garnering international attention, recognition, and media acclaim; defying geographical boundaries, overcoming language barriers (appealing to more than just the gay community), and crossing over into the broader heterosexual community in ways that few authors have been able to do -- and is particularly popular with women!

Love Won't Let Me Be Silent is a collection of writings, short stories, and poems that falls into several categories, including gay and lesbian fiction and non-fiction, African American fiction and non-fiction, and urban fiction.

Perhaps one of the reasons that Mason is experiencing tremendous success is because of his unique creative way of crafting poetic stories that show readers a more positive perspective of same-gender-loving people. Additionally, many credit Mason with opening up a whole new dialogue about sexuality and same-gender-loving relationships within the Black community, specifically within the Black Church. Gay activists and Civil Rights leaders often applaud his seemingly unending humanitarian efforts and ferocious courage, believing that perhaps one day his efforts will lead to the demise of the much despised "don't ask, don't tell" policy in many religious circles; enhance understanding of the LGBT community, and/or at the least, soften the hearts of family members and clergy who may be opposed to a gay lifestyle.

America has barely smoothed its feathers -- ruffled badly last year by the California Supreme Court's initial decision to lift the ban on gay marriage, followed by a divisive election that reversed the decision and placed the matter again before the California Supreme Court for repeal. These chilling events led to an epiphany that compelled him to write Love Won't Let Me Be Silent. These electrifying writings are destined to make him one of the foremost voices of the African-American gay experience. We have no doubt that the artistry and enduring vision that Mason demonstrates in this inspiring book will cause a revolutionary awakening in America and the world and continue to influence our culture, reshape our thinking, and touch our hearts and lives for decades.



Read more: http://books.broadwayworld.com/article/Terry_Angel_Mason_Pens_New_Book_LOVE_WONT_LET_ME_BE_SILENT_20110214#ixzz1F3RaYe5B
PRODIGAL SON
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February 26, 2011 01:20 AM PST
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BY FAMED BLACK GAY AUTHOR

TERRY ANGEL MASON

Prodigal Son is an Excerpt from Angel Mason's Best Selling Book:
LOVE WON'T LET ME BE SILENT

Terry Angel Mason, the African-American author who is rapidly becoming internationally acclaimed, is highly regarded for his ability to overcome adversity. Many would go so far as to say Mason is a Maverick of an angel since his life reads like an excerpt from Tony Kushner's Angels in America. He has a momentous quest, having overcome two life threatening-illnesses. Mason's thought-provoking articles, life-changing stories, and sensual romantic poetry about the Black gay experience touches and inspires millions of lives worldwide as is evidenced by the numerous distributors who carry his much sought-after literary masterpiece, LOVE WON'T LET ME BE SILENT.

Mason's new book is proving to be tremendously appealing to men and women of all ages and ethnicities in every country at a record pace, garnering international attention, recognition, and media acclaim; defying geographical boundaries, overcoming language barriers (appealing to more than just the gay community), and crossing over into the broader heterosexual community in ways that few authors have been able to do -- and is particularly popular with women!

Love Won't Let Me Be Silent is a collection of writings, short stories, and poems that falls into several categories, including gay and lesbian fiction and non-fiction, African American fiction and non-fiction, and urban fiction.

Perhaps one of the reasons that Mason is experiencing tremendous success is because of his unique creative way of crafting poetic stories that show readers a more positive perspective of same-gender-loving people. Additionally, many credit Mason with opening up a whole new dialogue about sexuality and same-gender-loving relationships within the Black community, specifically within the Black Church. Gay activists and Civil Rights leaders often applaud his seemingly unending humanitarian efforts and ferocious courage, believing that perhaps one day his efforts will lead to the demise of the much despised "don't ask, don't tell" policy in many religious circles; enhance understanding of the LGBT community, and/or at the least, soften the hearts of family members and clergy who may be opposed to a gay lifestyle.

America has barely smoothed its feathers -- ruffled badly last year by the California Supreme Court's initial decision to lift the ban on gay marriage, followed by a divisive election that reversed the decision and placed the matter again before the California Supreme Court for repeal. These chilling events led to an epiphany that compelled him to write Love Won't Let Me Be Silent. These electrifying writings are destined to make him one of the foremost voices of the African-American gay experience. We have no doubt that the artistry and enduring vision that Mason demonstrates in this inspiring book will cause a revolutionary awakening in America and the world and continue to influence our culture, reshape our thinking, and touch our hearts and lives for decades.

AUTHOR'S EMAIL ADDRESS:
terryangelmason@yahoo.com

FACE BOOK LINK FOR AUTHOR:
http://www.facebook.com/home.php#/terryangelmason

FOLLOW THIS BEST SELLING AUTHOR ON TWITTER
LINK: http://twitter.com/ALOVEBALLAD

Angel's Blog Spots:
http://whenanangelspeaks.blogspot.com/
http://blogs.realhealthmag.com/angelmason/

Read more: http://books.broadwayworld.com/article/Terry_Angel_Mason_Pens_New_Book_LOVE_WONT_LET_ME_BE_SILENT_20110214#ixzz1F3RaYe5B

MY BOYFRIEND'S GOT A GIRLFRIEND
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February 25, 2011 08:32 PM PST
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AN EXCERPT FROM MY NEW BOOK, THEY SAY THAT I AM BROKEN by FAMED BLACK GAY AUTHOR, TERRY ANGEL MASON WWW.TERRYANGELMASON.COM Without question, Angel Mason is an extraordinary poet who eloquently expands and redefines the traditional idea of the love poem in creative and ingenious ways. Mason's literary compositions have consistently earned him numerous literary nominations; while at the same time, gaining a place of reverence in the hearts and minds of thousands of readers -- both men and women worldwide. His electrifying writings are destined to make him one of the foremost voices of the African-American experience. We have no doubt that the artistry and enduring vision that Mason demonstrates in his compelling books will inspire a revolutionary awakening world-wide; and continue to influence our culture, reshape our thinking, and touch our hearts and lives for decades! Angel's Blog Spots: http://whenanangelspeaks.blogspot.com/ http://blogs.realhealthmag.com/angelmason/ FOLLOW THIS BEST SELLING AUTHOR ON TWITTER LINK: http://twitter.com/ALOVEBALLAD

UGANDA, UGANDA MY HEART WEEPS FOR YOU - DEDICATION TO DAVID KATO
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January 29, 2011 01:39 PM PST
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EXCERPT FROM: THEY SAY THAT I AM BROKEN by Internationally Acclaimed Author, Terry Angel Mason

Uganda, My Heart Weeps for You!

A GLOBAL AUTHOR'S RESPONSE TO THE PROPOSED LEGISLATIVE GENOCIDE IN UGANDA -- by Terry Angel Mason

Uganda, Uganda, my heart weeps for you! For you kill, murder, and imprison the innocent (those who express love differently) in the name of The Righteous One, but it is clear that you do not know Him!

Like America, you label them pedophiles and child molesters, yet continue to close your eyes to the true heterosexual offenders, allowing them to continually rape your children and infect them with AIDS; men who foolishly believe that this will cure them from the pandemic.

It has been said that you freed yourself from the tyranny and oppression of a king (Mwanga) who was demented, greedy, self-serving and who defiled the people and if these things be true, then this is good! But you forgot that even though he was said to be corrupt and accused of raping the people both physically and emotionally for years, still we must judge each human being by their own conduct, character, and deeds, and not punish the innocent for another's sins.

Uganda, Uganda, my heart weeps for you because even though the rain falls frequently upon your land in the south and beautiful lakes run through your northern region, they have not cleansed you from your transgressions for you are still blinded by hatred, fear, and intolerance, and cannot see that the sun rises upon the just and the unjust, so that all men may be wooed to the Creator by love and mercy and not by hatred and discrimination!

For hundreds of years other nations robbed you of your wealth, stole your children and carried them away to foreign lands and enslaved them. Even today, in many regions of your country you suffer from extreme poverty because of usury and exploitation from men who lusted after your riches, saw you could not defend yourself, and carried them away to distant lands.

You must be very careful lest the handwriting of God also appear in judgment for your offenses and likewise be written upon your walls and inscribed in your Constitution now laced with fear and intolerance, having been saturated by the influence of misguided, self-seeking American Evangelists, these words spoken by the prophet Daniel: "MENE, MENE, TEKEL, UPHARSIN" The interpretation:
"God has numbered your kingdom, and finished it; TEKEK: You have been weighed in the balances, and found wanting; PERES: Your kingdom has been divided, and given to another!"

Thousands of you marched in your city streets to rid yourself of a sin that you say will most certainly bring the judgment of Sodom and Gomorrah upon your land; but like the Scribes and the Pharisees of Jesus' day, legalism and an incorrect interpretation of the Holy Scriptures have blinded you.

Because of your hatred for what you do not understand, The Prince of Darkness deceives you yet again; prostituting you like the demented king you managed to free yourself from decades ago; have you still not heard the words of Jesus who said, "He was a murderer from the beginning?"

Uganda, Uganda, my heart weeps for you! Don't you know that you cannot kill the innocent, batter and abuse your children, and lock them away in dungeons of cruelty for life simply because you refuse to accept who they really are without the very King of the Universe (whom you claim you worship), championing their cause, and lifting his righteous hand of justice and judgment against you?

He has heard the voices of the children devastated by earthquakes and disaster in Chile, Mexico and Haiti and He has freed the oppressed in America from hundreds of years of discrimination. He has even delivered the Jews from the oppression of a mighty pharaoh (once thought invincible) in Egypt. Surely, He will not turn a deaf ear to innocent same-gender-loving people in your country, nor allow you to murder them without cause and your land and your people not be judged for doing so!
Uganda, Uganda, I alone do not weep, "FOR A VOICE WAS HEARD IN RAMAH, WEEPING AND GREAT MOURNING, RACHEL WEEPING FOR HER CHILDREN; AND SHE REFUSED TO BE COMFORTED, BECAUSE THEY WERE NO MORE!" (Matthew 2:18)

Uganda: LGBT Activist David Kato Murdered

Caribbean associations working on reproductive, sexuality and HIV issues have issued a brief joint statement of condolence and tribute to the life of slain Sexual Minorities Uganda human rights defender David Kato.

The statement, signed by over 25 groups in 16 territories, calls attention, in the United Nations Year of People of African Descent, to Kato's international inspiration as an African defender of sexual rights. It notes the continuing danger that sexuality, and the human rights defenders who work in this area, face in the Caribbean and elsewhere; and Governments' failure to champion people's freedom over their own bodies when it comes to sexuality.

In the face of a proposal in the Uganda parliament to execute citizens for consensual homosexual acts and a clergy-led campaign to whip up animosity against gay sexuality, several Ugandan human rights groups have fought back. Kato's picture, captioned "Hang Them" was featured on the cover of tabloid Rolling Stone in November, one of a number of instances of media attempts to "out" gay and lesbian people, several of whom, like him, received death threats and other harassment. He and others successfully sued for damages, and the courts blocked the paper from further outing three weeks ago. On January 26, he reportedly suffered blows to his head with a hammer in his residence, and died.

The European Union, United States President Barack Obama and others have condemned the killing and paid tribute to Kato's work.

Across the Caribbean, those of us who knew Sexual Minorities Uganda advocacy officer David Kato as a friend, as well as those who only read of his work, are deeply moved by his powerful and courageous life. As fellow sexual rights advocates, we convey deepest condolences to all his loved ones and fellow activists on his awful murder. We have been horrified by the inhumanity and hysteria of Uganda's parliamentary, media and clergy campaigns to deny gay people like David the simple right to liberty, privacy, dignity and joy.

We join others throughout the African diaspora in our pride in David's conviction and passion as an outspoken African champion of sexual autonomy — even when it put his liberty and life in great danger — and his record as an internationally recognized human rights defender. His inspiration stretches around the globe to those who also struggle against ignorance, indifference and violence to create countries and a world where everyone can enjoy our sexuality as something good and wholesome and worthwhile, free from shame and coercion.

Were it not for advocacy late last year, 13 Caribbean countries would have allowed "sexual orientation" to be removed from an international statement of commitment to protect persons from unlawful killing because of who they are. David's death, following threats against his life, is a gripping reminder of the importance of those protections, and a sobering one of how much more work needs to be done to give people the right to freedom over their bodies in places like Africa and the Caribbean, where battles against slavery, colonialism, racism, apartheid, genocide, gender inequality and religious persecution ought to have taught us better lessons.

David's life and death are reason to renew international commitment to sexual rights, to increase our vigilance for our colleagues in danger in Uganda. We respectfully urge Uganda's politicians, media and clergy and international Christian advocates who have become entangled in this hostility to seize the opportunity to bring an end to yet another painful chapter of intergroup violence in Africa.

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AIDS Action Foundation — St. Lucia • AIDS Free World • ALFA: Alternative Life Foundation Aruba • Alianza GTH — República Dominicana • Amigos Siempre Amigos — República Dominicana • Barbados Family Planning Association • Belize Family Life Association • CAISO: Coalition Advocating for Inclusion of Sexual Orientation — Trinidad & Tobago • CariFLAGS: Caribbean Forum for Liberation & Acceptance of Genders & Sexualities • Caribbean Harm Reduction Coalition • Caribbean Vulnerable Communities Coalition • DiBo: Diversity Bonaire • DominicaChaps • Family Planning Association of Trinidad and Tobago • Foko Curaçao Pride • Fondation SEROvie, Haiti • GrenCHAP — Grenada • J-FLAG: Jamaica Forum for Lesbians All-Sexuals and Gays • MOVADAC: Movement Against Discrimination Action Committee — Barbados • Pink Orange Dutch Caribbean LGBTI Alliance • Pride In Action, Jamaica • RevASA: Red de Voluntarios de ASA — República Dominicana • SASOD: Society Against Sexual Orientation Discrimination — Guyana • SASH Bahamas: Society Against STIs & HIV • Tjenbé Rèd: Fédération de lutte contre les racismes, les homophobies & le sida issue des communautés afrocaribéennes • UniBAM: United Belize Advocacy Movement • United and Strong — St. Lucia • Women Against Rape, Inc — Antigua • Women's Institute for Alternative Development — Trinidad & Tobago

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WHY DID THE MUSIC HAVE TO END
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February 04, 2010 05:51 PM PST
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An excerpt from the Pulitzer Nominated book:

LOVE WOON'T LET ME BE SILENT
by Terry Angel Mason, Global Author
WWW.TERRYANGELMASON.COM

WHEN I'M WITH YOU - IN CELEBRATION OF NY, NY APPROVING BILL 15-45 A CELEBRATION OF MARRIAGE EQUALITY - LOS ANGELES IS NEXT!
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December 11, 2009 09:40 PM PST
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IN CELEBRATION OF THE MARRIAGE EQAULITY BILL - 15- 45

That was just successfully passed today in NEW YORK

An Excerpt from my new book: They Say That I Am Broken:
by Terry Angel Mason, Global Author

Where Have I Been All Your Life?
Is the Question You Asked Me!

Where Have I Been All Your Life? Is the Question You Asked Me!

I could not come into your life until you had finally realized that true love and sexual expression are two totally different things.

I could not come into your life until you were anchored in wisdom and in truth and could truly discern what true love is.

I could not come into your life or be the fulfillment of your dreams until the seductions of life had lost their appeal and the realization of what true relationship is had exploded in your mind.

I could not come into your life until you were willing to walk miles if you had to in your bare feet to find me, sacrifice the most expensive thing you own because now you realized that no material thing alone will ever fulfill you without love being present in your life.

I could not come until you were absolutely sure who you were and knew beyond a shadow of a doubt that when God made you, you were not a mistake or an accident and that there is no flaw in any of His Creations because, “God doeth all things well.”

It is true, I longed for your love all my life and prayed for you fervently more times than you could ever know, bombarding heaven with my request so many times until it is surprising that the Angels did not put me out of God’s throne room!

It wasn’t that He was unwilling to answer or give me the true desire of my heart (and that was someone like you) but I too had to evolve to a place of readiness before my gift could manifest -- before you could walk into my life.

There were seemingly endless days that I thought I would not last because I needed you so and you were nowhere to be found; so I allowed myself to be only partially fulfilled by others with selfish motives because I longed for the touch of a human hand and the need for intimacy was so strong.

There are so many, “I’m sorry God for not listening, not waiting, not being still and running ahead because of my impatience,” I want to say to Him!

When I fell at his feet out of guilt and condemnation for my stupid mistakes and unwillingness to wait, He lifted me and beside Him you were standing.

When I saw you, I thought “Who is this? Why is he standing there? And then you spoke (while He said nothing, only with a smile of approval on His face) and the sound of your voice resonated in my spirit like a melody heard years ago, a song I was certain I had sung before, but not really.

When I thought about what I was hearing I realized that I had heard the melody years ago in a dream as a child and every since then I have searched the whole world over, year after year trying to find the written music but never could, only generic versions.
Now the melody rings in my ear as a confirmation to my heart and I am afraid that perhaps I have made too many mistakes, wondered too far away from the dream, am no longer worthy to receive it though I desire it so!

The Lord would say to me “All are worthy!” But though He has forgiven me, my heart still weeps because now I am ready. My mind is mature, but I must know that the one who loves me back truly loves me because perfect love and only perfect love can cast out fear.

I need to know that the person in whose eyes I peer into will see that inside of this resilient man is a childlike spirit, beautiful and untainted by life who still dreams, still is fascinated with the beauty of creation, is in love with the Gentle Savior, ambitious, creative, yet admittedly a little weary of life!

Now time is fleeing from me, and fleeing from you (even though you may not be aware) like an hour glass now empty, not because we have done anything wrong, but because God has a divine plan for all of humanity that must unfold in order to restore His creation to its former state of perfection.

No more time for you or I to waste searching, hoping dreaming, looking, waiting…

We must take hold of the dream, realize that there is a price to pay for owning it, and never forsake it when we don’t agree because iron sharpens iron. Our imperfections might cause us to clash at times, but if we run away from each other, we will never come to understand that those same imperfections are invested with a supernatural power to perfect our love!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR AND THE BOOK:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Florence Edwards

(310) 746-7149

Florence@Publicity911.com
Angel Mason, Global Author
Tel. 818.614.0814
Email: AngelMasonGlobalAuthor@Gmail.com

Internationally Renowned Author and Minister Terry Angel Mason Sheds Light on Gay Relationships, Homophobia, HIV, and The Gay Black Male Experience In New Book, They Say That I Am Broken

Author calls out the Black Church's anti-gay rhetoric and encourages self-love and acceptance for same gender loving people across the country

Los Angeles, CA & San Diego, CA— Anti-gay sentiment and heterosexism within the Black Church and the Black community is alive and well, and continues to fuel the self-hatred and suicides of thousands of innocent victims around the world. According to a 2009 study by Dr. Caitlin Ryan, teens who were rejected by their families for identifying as gay or lesbian were 8.4 times more likely to report having attempted suicide. With suicide rates at an all-time high, Terry Angel Mason's highly anticipated release, They Say That I Am Broken, sets out to heal the wounded hearts and broken spirits of same gender loving people who are battling self-hate, loneliness, and abandonment, and offers powerful principals that ignite the flames of hope, love and acceptance.

Angel Mason, an international self-published author, speaker, HIV activist and Civil Rights leader, exploded on the literary scene with the poignant release of Love Won't Let Me Be Silent, a gripping tome that offered strategies to help parents, families, ministers, teachers and community leaders effectively understand and support gay teens, young adults, and people infected with HIV/AIDS. Mason's book touched the lives of millions and was submitted for a Pulitzer Prize and numerous awards, including the Lambda Awards and the Stonewall Awards.

Riding on the success of Love Won't Let Me Be Silent, They Say That I Am Broken is destined for the best-seller's list and is already receiving widespread praise from critics and readers around the country. According to journalist and author Darion Aaron, "If black men loving other black men are considered a revolutionary act, then Mason provides a blueprint to love God, yourself, and ultimately the man of your choosing boldly and without reservation in They Say That I Am Broken. It's a must read!"

An engrossing collection of essays, short stories and poems, They Say That I Am Broken is a timely page-turner that deals with the reality of the black gay experience.

Stories such as "My Boyfriend's Got a Girlfriend," and "This is Not a Dream", reflect the complexities surrounding gay men living double lives. Sizzling love poems such as Every Time I Hear Your Voice, How Do You Describe an Angel, and So You Think You Love Me, demonstrate the passion and undying love and commitment between men.

"The reason I decided to write They Say That I Am Broken is to start a movement that will put an end to suicides, self-destruction and exclusion that is taking place around the world, and to challenge the misconception that God does not love homosexuals. My ultimate goal is to present the truth; because it is only in truth that we can obtain self- acceptance, love, joy, and peace.

As you read through the pages of this thought-provoking book, you will find that the poems, stories, and articles address a variety of themes and stylistic sensibilities. Even though this book is classified as a non-fiction gay book, tucked neatly within its pages are creative fiction stores and commentaries, cleverly penned in both English and Spanish that boldly knock down taboos and transcends stigmas, that one day, I hope will be woven into social fabric and hearts of all Americans," states Mason.

A diverse work of fiction and non-fiction, Mason bravely and successfully confronts homophobia, DADT (Don't Ask Don't Tell), and eloquently discusses issues surrounding incarcerated men, gay marriage, homeless gay children, the Black Church's anti-gay agenda and the effects on the Black community, and more. Also included in this fascinating book is a preview from mason's beloved Ebook, Get On The Road To Riches, which assists all people with overcoming the major obstacles to achieving lifelong success, happiness and financial fulfillment. View the exciting excerpts inside this book, and purchase a copy by visiting www.TerryAngelMason.com.

They Say That I Am Broken is currently available for purchase by visiting www.TerryAngelMason.com. According to The Data Lounge, there are currently 50.5 million Hispanics living in the United States, and they are growing at a much higher rate than any demographic. Due to the growing Hispanic population and the overwhelming demand of Terry Angel Mason's books, They Say That I Am Broken includes powerful and dynamic excerpts in Spanish that are available in the book. Buy copies of this historical book immediately by visiting www.TerryAngelMason.com.

Terry Angel Mason is available for all media interviews/appearances. Interview requests should be submitted to Florence@Publicity911.com. Electronic review copies of They Say That I Am Broken are also available upon request.

About Global Author Terry Angel Mason

Terry Angel Mason is an internationally renowned author, keynote speaker, poet, singer, songwriter, minister, and Civil Rights activist who currently resides is Southern California. He is the author of three popular titles, Love Won't Let Me Be Silent, They Say That I am Broken, and The Dream Keeper, set to be released later this year). A revered leader and global change agent, Terry Angel Mason's mission is to inspire, educate and empower millions around the world, and promote love and acceptance for all people. A highly sought after author and activist, Mason has been featured in Broadway World, The Advocated, The Windy City Times Newspaper, New Pittsburgh Courier, New England Enquirer, Our Weekly Magazine, Out Impact, ME Magazine, POZ Magazine, A&U Magazine, Real Health Magazine, Q Magazine, FUSE Online Magazine, Echelon Magazine, and in many other publications.

Watch exciting interviews with Angel Mason by clicking the links below:

National Urban League Interview:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z_p47McSUdY&feature=player_embedded

San Diego Housing Association Interview:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V8YpZnJLHN8&feature=player_embedded#at=53

Real Health Interview:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WyUNDQbMBck&feature=player_embedded

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