Straight Acting is a great read for all men. In it, Angelo details the “straight jacket” most men find themselves in, lays out its impact, and maps an important route to freedom. He challenges men to form new conceptions of masculinity, defining their own manhood. This book is a call to authenticity. It’s a blue print to be your own man – to be your true self – to have a happy life and fulfilling relationships no matter what your sexuality. Published in World English and Chinese.
…millions of men — straight and gay — (try) to convince themselves and others that they have the right stuff. In Straight Acting, (Angelo’s) immediate concern is gay men, but all men…can benefit from…these pages.
– Jackson Katz, creator of the award-winning educational film Tough Guise: Violence, Media and the Crisis in Masculinity.
My only regret when reading Angelo Pezzote’s Straight Acting is realizing that, given the subtitle: Gay Men, Masculinity and Finding True Love, straight men everywhere may not read the book, missing out on the powerful, transformational, life-affirming consequences. All men: fathers, brothers, sons, husbands, boyfriends, and anyone in relationship with a man: moms, wives, sisters, girlfriends, daughters, and so on, have something to learn from Straight Acting.
-Notes From Hollywood, Nicholas Snow
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.
Loved your Advocate article (on the book). Right on the money.
- Ari Gold, Bronx born openly gay singer/songwriter/producer
I just read your article (on your book) in CAMP, Kansas City’s LGBT magazine. It was incredible! It was nice to see someone battle something that I had to battle when I came out. Accepting who I was, not adhering to what others said was “normal”. It was so refreshing! Thanks again.
- Jason Knight, recognized on Good Morning America, CNN, Fox, NBC News, as one of Instinct Magazine’s 2007 Leading Men, and Out Magazine’s Out 100 for speaking out against Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.
You are truly a brilliant voice for the gay community. You speak with authority, without judgement and in a manner that makes people want to listen. I can sense that your primary goal is to make a difference in people’s life. Your insights will be a valuable contribution to this new film project (The Male Attraction).
-Lawrence Ferrara, Gay Film Producer (Just For Leather – a short film that went to almost every gay film festival around the world, won the Best Short gay film at FIre Island International Film Festival, then landed a distribution deal with FrameLine) and Chiropractor
My only regret when reading Angelo Pezzote’s Straight Acting: Gay Men, Masculinity and Finding True Love was realizing that, given the title, straight men everywhere may not read the book, missing out on the powerful, transformational, life-affirming consequences. In Straight Acting, Pezzote skillfully and with heart and passion describes the behavioral, emotional and spiritual prison most men are trapped in, and details the escape route for any man to live more openly and freely within himself and in the real world.
Pezzote’s book is filled with words of wisdom for moms, wives, sisters, girlfriends, and daughters as well. All men and anyone in relationship with a man (fathers, brothers, sons, husbands, boyfriends) have something to learn from Straight Acting.
What strikes me about Angelo’s book is that almost every sentence packs a punch – you could give an entire lecture about each couple of sentences.
- Notes From Hollywood, Nicholas Snow