Hello everyone. Thank you for stopping by today, I hope you take the time to visit some of the other tours participating in this blog hop. The are over 200 participants. Each blog will be holding their own giveaways and will have a message of their own for you.
Today is International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia. Here is the official link for today.
This blog hop was started by Erika Pike, K-Lee Klein and NJ Nielson over at the Hop Against Homophobia blog.
This blog hop is dedicated to bringing awareness to homophobia and supporting the community of m/m romance writers and the m/m romance genre.
The giveaway is at the bottom of this post.
Why I Hop
Recently I did a guest post on why I write gay romance. You can find it here. It is short and to the point and doesn’t even begin to scratch the surface. My reasons for writing gay romance are similar to my reasons for why I am against homophobia.
I understand some people believe that GLBT person makes the choice to be the way that they are. But, that’s just the way they are. That is who they are. It is unfair and unjustified to expect a person to not be themselves or to change simply because you don’t like it.
There are things everyone dislikes about someone else. And that’s okay. No one can control the way other people feel but it is not okay to degrade, abuse, hurt, kill and destroy a person because of their differences.
I will never understand the reason for all the hate focused on the GLBT community. Of course the GLBT community are not the only ones forced to deal with hate on a daily basis, I’m not ignorant of that fact.
I’ve dealt with the bigotry as a child. I’ve given up watching the news because I find it to be so depressing as of late. It breaks my heart to see that a ten year old boy has killed himself. Children that age shouldn’t even know of such things.
Or hearing the story of the girl who lost hope, who thought no one was there for her.
The man who made himself marry a woman because he didn’t want to lose his family.
There should be no reason for these things.
Earlier in the year I did a post of a note I found on a writer’s profile. If you have the time, take a second to read it. It really touched me and I think it will you, too. It gets straight to the point of homophobia. And I can’t imagine ever being able to say it better.
List for GIVEAWAY (winner will pick one book)
1. Rough Riders by Devon Rhodes
2. Jake’s Regret by Shawn Lane
3. Wanting Sam by Eden Cole
4. Run With Me by Eden Cole
4. To Service and Protect by Carol Lynne
If the rafflecopter isn’t working just leave your name and email and a short comment on why you’re against homophobia. The winner will recieve one ebook copy of From Love and Pain and one ebok copy of one of the five books listed above.
I got this from SoSickOfNyquil at FanFiction.com who got it from kirikou_yuki at LiveJournal.com
I am the girl kicked out of her home because I confided in my mother that I am a lesbian.
I am the prostitute working the streets because nobody will hire a transsexual woman.
I am the sister who holds her gay brother tight through the painful, tear-filled nights.
We are the parents who buried our daughter long before her time.
I am the man who died alone in the hospital because they would not let my partner of twenty-seven years into the room.
I am the foster child who wakes up with nightmares of being taken away from the two fathers who are the only loving family I have ever had. I wish they could adopt me.
I am one of the lucky ones, I guess. I survived the attack that left me in a coma for three weeks, and in another year I will probably be able to walk again.
I am not one of the lucky ones. I killed myself just weeks before graduating high school. It was simply too much to bear.
We are the couple who had the realtor hang up on us when she found out we wanted to rent a one-bedroom for two men.
I am the person who never knows which bathroom I should use if I want to avoid getting the management called on me.
I am the mother who is not allowed to even visit the children I bore, nursed, and raised. The court says I am an unfit mother because I now live with another woman.
I am the domestic-violence survivor who found the support system grow suddenly cold and distant when they found out my abusive partner is also a woman.
I am the domestic-violence survivor who has no support system to turn to because I am male.
I am the father who has never hugged his son because I grew up afraid to show affection to other men.
I am the home-economics teacher who always wanted to teach gym until someone told me that only lesbians do that.
I am the man who died when the paramedics stopped treating me as soon as they realized I was transsexual.
I am the person who feels guilty because I think I could be a much better person if I didn’t have to always deal with society hating me.
I am the man who stopped attending church, not because I don’t believe, but because they closed their doors to my kind.
I am the person who has to hide what this world needs most, love.
I am the person who is afraid of telling his loving Christian parents he loves another male.
Repost this if you believe homophobia is wrong.
I read this and it broke my heart. I want to cry for the pain gay men and women suffer. I wish I could just change the world and everyone would accept each other no matter how different they may be but I can’t, I don’t have that kind of power. But I can post this here and hope others do the same on their blogs, facebook pages, websites, profiles etc… Alone there’s nothing we can do, but together we cam make our voices be heard, and hopefully one day we will make a difference