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I came crashing out from deep inside the dark and frightening 'closet' in a blaze of publicity, with the Israel Supreme Court's precedent-making decision that gay people have rights too. I won!
I now live a calm burgeoise life in Tel Aviv with my partner of 32 years. Civil rights, animal rights, gay rights, politics, bridge and socializing fill my days. Writing "Flying Colors" was a fulfilling journey - I hope you enjoy the flight too.
on June 05, 2012 :
This is a fascinating one-of-its-kind book, written by a man with an incredible life story. Several story lines combine to encompass Jonathan's multiple dimensioned personal history: coming to terms with his sexuality, experiencing Apartheid, traveling the world as an airline attendant, living through momentous historical periods in Israel's history, fighting a courageous legal and civil rights battle... The book provides fascinating insights into the life of a gay man during the second part of the 20th century, evolving on his own while societies around him are not evolving fast enough. Jonathan may not be the typical rebel, but he politely yet firmly stands up against injustice, becoming the unlikely hero of the Israel gay rights movements. In between he finds himself involved in sexual adventures and romance, under terrorist attack, and experiencing mid-air emergencies... The book is enjoyable, inspiring and memorable.
(reviewed 21 days after purchase)
on June 03, 2012 :
"Flying Colors" reads like an enjoyable tale of suspense. It is about a man who starts his life off not knowing his own true identity. When his homosexuality stares him in the face, he slams the door shut on his discovery. Even though he stoically refuses to acknowledge his homosexuality and struggles against it with all his might, he cannot escape his destiny. The reader remains in suspense as to whether he will ever let himself live his life fully or opt for a life of self-denial.
There are several additional stories entwined around the central theme affording us fascinating insights into the life of a white Jewish family in South Africa during apartheid times, the life of flight attendants, Israel and the struggle for equal rights for gays.
Jonathan's progression from passive paralysis to pro-activity at the forefront of the fight for civil rights for gays is truly inspiring.
(reviewed 25 days after purchase)