Hop Against Homophobia!

Hello All!

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!

Anna Lee

Writen by Anna Lee

36 thoughts on “Hop Against Homophobia!

  1. That’s a great tattoo idea 😀
    Somedays I’m proud to be Danish, we’ve come a long way towards equality, then I read a newspaper article and realise just how far we still have to go, but we WILL get there

    1. Thank you! 😀

      You’re right we have come a long way and though we still have a ways to go we will get there. 😀

  2. What a fantastic idea! It’s sad that we’ve come a ways, but not nearly far enough. Too many people simply don’t accept us for who we are, when we’re all human beings. Why can’t we embrace our diversity?

    *sigh*

    1. I thought so too and I just had to take part. You’re right we still have a long ways to go, I wish people would just embrace our diversity and celebrate it. 🙂

  3. I’m a strait women who dose not pretend to understand what LGBTQ people really go through. I’ll never understand homophobia!! Why anybody should care who someone else loves just really baffles me! Thank’s for sharing this.

    1. I’ll never understand it either. It just makes no sense. No one should be denied happiness or love. Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

  4. Thanks for participating in the blog hop and helping to spread awareness 🙂

    penumbrareads(at)gmail(dot)com

  5. Thanks for your comments.
    I say live and let live – i would no more criticise someones relationship (be it mm, ff, mf, x3 etc) than criticise their choice of supermarket, say!

  6. I showed a bunch of these post to the teens in my family to show them how hurt some “innocent” remarks are to many others. I get so annoyed when my nephew says “you’re so gay”. ERRRR drove me crazy. I know he didn’t mean anything by it but it is so wrong to use that as a saying. I think that these post have helped. Thank you all for sharing with us!
    forettarose@yahoo.com

    1. I think it’s good that you’ve shared it with them, I hope it helped them to see how those remarks can hurt and shouldn’t be said.

      Thanks for visiting!

  7. I am another straight person who does not know exactly what it is like to suffer from homophobia on a daily basis. I do know about bullying in other forms though, and although I am straight many of the other students back when I was in school mistakenly thought I wasn’t and there were a few homophobic slurs slung in my direction. It is nothing compared to what others go through though – the other names hurt far more than the “lesbo” ones.

    Hate in any form is never a good thing.

    1. I’m sorry you had to go through that in school. It’s sad how mean kids can be and how they bully others who are different. We should teach our children to embrace that diversity.

      Thanks for sharing your story!

  8. Thank you for such a great post and for taking part in this hop. I think the only thing we can do is be here to pick up and dust off the people who are mistreated for being gay and tell them “Hey, someone supports your right to be you.”

    1. Thank you for organizing such a great event! I’m really glad I got to be a part of it and support the cause. I think you’re right about that. I think what everyone needs is to know that someone supports and loves them for they are, if you have that you can get through anything.

  9. I still have over 150 blogs to read before tonight, and I’ll never make it at this rate – especially since my ex decided to drop the kids off super early – so I’m leaving a quick thank you for taking part and please enter me into your contest (call me greedy, but I am a lover of books!). Then I’m reading the blogs at my lazure – without the time limit. I love reading these blogs. Each and every entry is amazing.

    Erica
    eripike at gmail dot com

    1. Lol, I totally understand. I didn’t get a chance to read them all either as I had kids to watch as well. The posts are amazing, I love getting to share and know everyone’s experiences. Thank you for organizing such a great event! I’m going to give you copy along with the winner to say thanks for letting me be a part of it. 🙂

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