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Dennis Milam Bensie is One Gay American. Born in the 1960s and raised with traditional values in Robinson, Illinois, Bensie desperately wanted romance, a beautiful wedding, and a baby to carry on the family name. He denied his sexuality and married a woman at nineteen years old, but fantasized of weddings where he could be the bride. The newlyweds "adopted" a Cabbage Patch ...more
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Published September 1st 2012 by Coffeetown Press (first published July 27th 2012)
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Fran
Jun 10, 2013 Fran rated it it was amazing
One Gay American: Dennis Milam Bensie

One young man at an early age realized that his life was not what others wanted it to be and his feelings for women would turn out to be centered on men. Even as a child he hoped to walk down the aisle dressed as a bride and resented learning that his own mother was cheated out of wearing white. The picture of his parent’s wedding shows his mother wearing a beautiful blue dress, which our author feels was inappropriate. You learn a lot about Dennis within th
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Feb 02, 2013 Laura Seagraves rated it it was amazing
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More sweet, and less intense than Dennis's first memoir, it was still a heartfelt story of growing up feeling different. Dennis dreams of fairy tale romance and of being swept off his feet by a fabulous prince who will cherish and protect him all of his days, unfortunately he grew up in a time when this was not what little boys wanted.
Claire
Mar 13, 2013 Claire rated it it was amazing
I resonated with so much in this book. Confusion over 1970's TV role models, the play with Barbie dolls and Ken dolls that held such fascination and significance. I loved the political progression of gay rights that opened the chapters, and the tell-all honesty of Bensie's writing. This memoir is an act of courage, and earns its keep.
Ashley
Jun 01, 2013 Ashley rated it it was amazing
I loved this! The writing wasn't forced, and I was instantly drawn into the author's story. Beautifully written with an important message (without being preachy), Dennis Miliam Bensie is a gem of an author! This book will change some peoples' lives!
Joe Comer
May 22, 2015 Joe Comer rated it it was amazing
Dennis Milam Bensie once again takes us on a journey through life being gay. As compelling as ever, he writes more extensively and with greater detail than in "Shorn..." covering more ground and also manages to explore and report a good deal of the national history relating to the gay community. You cannot help but feel a great deal of compassion for him as he fights a straight world that seems to be filled with fear and hate. I highly reccommmend this book!! It is a heartfelt learning ...more
Betsy Hover
This was a very heavy story to read. It was difficult to read about a young boy not feeling normal and his obsession to want to play with items(Barbie Dolls) and clothes(Nightgowns/Wedding Dress) of the opposite sex. I had no idea that this type of obsession/not belonging could be felt at such a young age.

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Dennis Milam Bensie’s poem “Eight Ball” was published in Greater National Society of Poets, Inc in 1980 when he was a freshman in high school. It was featured thirty years later in his memoir, Shorn: Toys to Men.

Short stories and poetry by Dennis have been featured in numerous publications and his essays have been seen in The Huffington Post, Boys on the Brink, and The Good Men Project. He current
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