The Hop Against Homophobia is an attempt by over 250 m/m authors, reviewers and publishers to stand together and create awareness of homophobia. Today it’s the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia. It’s the day where we stand up and and say no to homophobic and transphobic discrimination. It’s a day where we honor GLBTQ people and their rights and remind the world of the injustice they’ve gone through, but it’s also a day to be celebrated because a lot has been accomplished in fight against homophobia and it’s worth noting those things in hope that it will give inspiration and hope.
When I heard about the Hop Against Homophobia I quickly signed up. I actually have not taken part in any Blog Hops before but I HAD to take part in this one.
Homophobia, bullying and inequality are issues that affect us every day. I hear stories in the news that make my heart hurt and I wonder why do people act this way? Why do people have to treat others badly for who they are? Why all the hate? I can’t understand it. Everyone should be accepted for who they are. I think it should be celebrated that we are all unique and different people, how boring would the world be if we were all the same? It is beautiful to see someone happy and in love. Love is love. And it shouldn’t be anyone’s business who you love. No one should be denied the happiness of being the person they’re born to be, or to openly love another person.
I live in California and was saddened by Prop 8 yet I’m glad it has since been ruled unconstitutional. I hope one day soon everyone in my State will have the freedom to marry. I’m thinking of getting a tattoo soon of NOH8, in support and belief that it will get better. I know it will, people can change and there’s a lot that has been accomplished in the fight against homophobia.
I’ve dealt with homophobia over the years just as I’ve dealt with the bullying and hurtful comments that come with being disabled. Being in a wheelchair I’ve gotten the stares, the whispers, and the always hurtful ‘what is wrong with her?’ What would they say if they knew I’m bisexual as well? I know what it’s like to be considered different, to deal with ignorance, and to be discriminated against. People can be cruel and judgmental yet those are the ones I ignore. It is my friends and family who get me through the tough times and love me for who I am and that is all that matters to me.
I’ve written m/m fiction for about four years now though my first novel only came out last year. It is sad when someone gets excited about my book when I tell them I’m a published author only for them to dislike it when they find out it is a love story between two men. Again I don’t get it. It’s homophobic and wrong. I’m proud of my story and I’m proud to be a writer of m/m fiction and be a part of the community where we stand today against all those that exclude, bully, and treat others unfairly because of homophobia. I believe that one day the issue of homophobia and the hate, fear and bullying that comes with it, will not be an issue at all. Today I am happy to be part of a great cause, every voice that speaks out against hate will strengthen the fight for equality. Love conquers hate, and I believe in love and HEA’s.
As a thank you for reading my blog – and visiting the blogs of the others wanting to have their say on this important subject – I’m offering one lucky reader an ebook copy of my novel As Time Goes By.
I’ll choose the winner from those who post a comment here on my website mentioning the Hop Against Homophobia. Please leave your email and check back here when the Hop ends on the 20th. I’ll be doing a separate post that announces the lucky reader the next day. Thanks!