Mel White Writing Styles in Stranger at the Gate: To Be Gay and Christian in America

Mel White
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Perspective

Mel White's perspective is built around an explicit spiritual, political and social agenda. He is very open about his views and his main argument about the relationship between Christianity and homosexuality pervades the book. White is a member of the Baby Boom generation, growing up in a conservative household in the 1950s. He spent most of his life in the closet, despising himself and doing his best to destroy his homosexual desires, even going to ridiculous extremes like using electroshock therapy. Arguably, his self-hatred simply became too much for him to bear and he had to find a way to psychologically and spiritually accept himself despite a community and even nation who condemned what he was as perverse and sinful.

As a result, White's book is full of arguments that there is widespread confusion about homosexuality. He believes that sexual orientation is fixed at birth and that the...

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