Bernard Martin’s New Memoir Explores Personal History of Gay Man, Cancer Survivor

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‘Following My Path’ presents firsthand accounts of intolerance, overcoming and success.

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I want straight people and younger gay people to understand what older gay people had to go through.

Bernard Martin’s new book “Following My Path: Growing Up Gay in a Christian, Fundamentalist, Right-Wing, Conservative Family During The 1940s-1960s” (published by AuthorHouse) is a memoir of his life as a gay man during a time when the term “gay” wasn’t used.

“It’s my story of discovering who I was sexually,” Martin says. “It is also the story of how I dealt with my mother’s condemnation that I would go to hell if I did not become heterosexual. It is a story that absolutely clarifies that being gay is not a choice, but that a gay person is also one of God’s creations.”

An excerpt from “Following My Path”:

“Finally, at about the age of eight, I stood in front of a mirror and said, ‘You’re a queer.’ Then I broke down and sobbed the way I am right now as I write this—because of the pain it caused me back then. The memory of it is still so very real today. And it was so unnecessary.”

“I want straight people and younger gay people to understand what older gay people had to go through,” Martin says, :Something they had no choice in. For instance, I was caught in police raids in Chicago bars.”

“Following My Path”
By Bernard Martin
Hardcover | 6 x 9 in | 116 pages | ISBN 9781477283738
Softcover | 6 x 9 in | 116 pages | ISBN 9781477283745
E-Book | 116 pages | ISBN 9781477285343
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
Bernard Martin is a retired educator of 30 years. He received his master’s degree from the Ohio State University and was a Title I reading coordinator for a large Ohio school system. He has strong spiritual beliefs and is a restorer of historic homes, three of which are on the National Register. He is the first white, single male to legally adopt an African-American son in the state of Ohio, the grandfather of two grandchildren, and a five-year cancer survivor. After 12 surgeries, this cancer has left him with half a face and one eye.

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