May 16 2013

Homophobia in Fiction & Giveaway: Hop Against Homophobia & Transphobia 2013

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In honor of the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (May 17th) and Hop Against Homophobia and Transphobia (#HAHAT), which is a day to bring awareness to homophobia and transgender-phobia, I want to discuss homophobia in fiction.





Homophobia in Fiction

One of the frequent themes we see tackled in GBLT fiction is homophobia. It exists in stories because it exists in real life. Every day another person is discriminated against because of their sexual orientation which means nothing other than … they’re hated because of who they’re attracted to.

Pretty ridiculous, isn’t it?

Now I might be preaching to the choir, but homophobia usually exists in fiction for a couple of reasons.

1. To bring awareness. And actions to stop it

2. To allow characters and/or readers a way to deal and cope

3. To create believable and relatable characters

4. For entertainment value. To create internal and external conflict

No doubt all of those reasons impact us when we’re immersed in a book with a homophobia theme. Those tales can haunt us the way the horrific details of Matthew Shepard or Brandon Teena’s stories haunts us to this day. Yet, as horrific as those events were (and still are to some degree) those stories, too, have a purpose for retelling them: to bring awareness and proactive action, a way to deal and cope, to prove that we’re all human and can relate to each other’s internal and external conflicts. And to hopefully create better futures.

Maybe one day homophobia in fiction wouldn’t be as popular, maybe one day we won’t need to tell the tales of homosexual suffering. But then again, when that time comes, maybe we shouldn’t forget those who’ve suffered and slowly helped us progress through the hate.

Maybe homophobia in fiction would always have a place in popular reads, especially if the gold is blatant at the end of the rainbow.



Give-Away Info Below!

Before the DarknessIn honor of the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia and Hop Against Homophobia and Transphobia, I am also giving away the first two books of my gay, post-apocalyptic, dystopian trilogy (Before the Darkness and Amid the Darkness) to one commenter who also subscribes to my newsletter/mailing list!


How to enter:

  1. Leave a comment on this post
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  • Amid the DarknessWinner will be announced May 28th in a separate post. (Subscribing will automatically send the winner announcement post to your email via RSS feed)


  • Winner will be randomly selected
  • Winner will be notified by email
  • Winner chooses e-book format (PDF, HTML, LIT, EPUB, MOBI)


Thanks for stopping by and good luck!

Visit the other #HAHAT participants at the link directly below.

About the author

Leslie Lee Sanders

Leslie is a publishing Industry blogger, freelance writer and an author of over a dozen erotic romance & thriller titles. She self-published over two dozen works of fiction since 2004. Her blog was a finalist in the first annual Goodreads Independent Book Blogger Awards in 2012, and her story Benefits of Sharing is a finalist for the 2013 EPIC Award in the short story category. Her work has been included in the following Writer’s Market books: 2016 & 2017 Writer’s Market, 2016 & 2017 Novel and Short Story Writer’s Market, and the 2014 & 2015 editions of Guide to Self-Publishing. As well as online blogs like Be a Freelance Blogger. She resides in Arizona with her husband and 3 daughters.


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  1. Erica Pike

    Fantatsic post, Leslie!

    “maybe we shouldn’t forget those who’ve suffered and slowly helped us progress through the hate” sent chills down my spine. This couldn’t be any truer.
    Erica Pike recently posted…Hop Against Homophobia and Transphobia: Holocaust

    1. Leslie Lee Sanders

      Thank you for stopping by, Erica! :-)
      Leslie Lee Sanders recently posted…Now in Audio! Before the Darkness (Refuge Inc. #1)

  2. KimberlyFDR

    Thank you for taking part in the hop! And I am all subscribed now :)


    1. Leslie Lee Sanders

      Thanks for commenting, Kimberly! Good luck.
      Leslie Lee Sanders recently posted…My Top 5 Most Helpful Blog Posts for Writers

  3. laurie g

    Thank you for taking part in the hop


    1. Leslie Lee Sanders

      Good luck! And thanks for stopping by, Laurie.
      Leslie Lee Sanders recently posted…Now in Audio! Before the Darkness (Refuge Inc. #1)

  4. Karl

    Please count me in. Thanks

    1. Leslie Lee Sanders

      Absolutely! Thank you for visiting and commenting, Karl. :)
      Leslie Lee Sanders recently posted…Now in Audio! Before the Darkness (Refuge Inc. #1)

  5. Urbanista

    Wonderful post! Thanks so much for participating in this hop with meaning.

  6. Nancy S

    I think we should never forget, just as we should never forget the horrors of our past. Remember what they say about those that forget their history; they are doomed to repeat it.

  7. H.B.

    Thank you for taking part in the hop and for being a voice against homophobia and transphobia.

  8. Peggy

    Thank you for participating in the hop.

    peggy1984 (at) live (dot) com

  9. Cornelia

    Thanks for the post and hop.

  10. Crissy M

    “…especially if the gold is blatant at the end of the rainbow.” Love it! This is a great post. I’m with you. Homophobia does have it’s place in fiction if only to show us what those who are bullied and hated for no reason go through.

  11. Leslie Lee Sanders

    Thanks for stopping by and commenting Urbanista, Nancy, H.B., Peggy, Cornelia, and Crissy. Good luck! And don’t forget to continue to bring awareness against homophobia. :-)
    Leslie Lee Sanders recently posted…Now in Audio! Before the Darkness (Refuge Inc. #1)

  12. Emily W.

    I agree with you. I don’t mind when people fight homophobia in fiction, but I also like to read books where homophobia doesn’t exist, or isn’t the main focus of the book, because I believe that some day, that will be true of our world, a world where homophobia doesn’t exist. Thanks for sharing and participating!

    Emily W. recently posted…Author Interview – Havan Fellows

  13. Sherry S.

    Thank you for taking part in the hop!
    sstrode at scrtc dot com

  14. Sherry S.

    forgot to subscribe

  15. Penumbra

    Thanks for participating in this great hop!


  16. Leslie Lee Sanders

    Thank you all for visiting, commenting and entering. The contest is closed and the winner has been randomly chosen. The winner will be announced in a new post. Please, stop by again for future contests and tips on the writing craft and the publishing biz.

    Thanks you all!
    Leslie Lee Sanders recently posted…Assisted Self-Publishing, Vanity or Subsidy Publishing’s Bad Rep

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