Category Archive: International Day Against Homophobia

May 28 2013

Winner of Hop Against Homophobia & Transphobia 2013 Giveaway is …

HAHATCongrats to … H.B.!

 

H.B. has been randomly chosen by Random.org as the winner of my Hop Against Homophobia & Transphobia (#HAHAT) giveaway!

 

H.B. has won an e-book copy of my MM, Post-Apocalyptic, Romance, Before the Darkness (Refuge Inc. #1) and Amid the Darkness (Refuge Inc. #2), and has been notified.

 

Thanks to all who’s visited, commented and entered. Let’s continue to spread awareness of homophobia to eradicate it.

 

 

 

 

May 16 2013

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

Welcome to my home on the web!

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.

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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.

 

Important!

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
  2. Enter your name and email in the correct fields
  3. Check the appropriate box (below the comment area) to subscribe
  4. Check your email to confirm your subscription

 

 

  • 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.

May 21 2012

Hop Against Homophobia Winner Selected!

Congrats to kimberlyFDR!

You’ve been randomly selected to win a copy of my latest release, Tongue Tied, for participating in the Hop Against Homophobia contest!

Huge thanks to all the commenters for leaving your thoughts on the post In Honor of International Day Against Homophobia! Let’s continue to spread the word against homophobia.

May 17 2012

In Honor of International Day Against Homophobia

Hop Against Homophobia is an attempt by over 250 MM authors, reviewers and publishers to stand together and create awareness of homophobia. Below is a personal story I’d like to share to honor this day.

As a young girl, I had always looked down upon discriminating against someone for being something they couldn’t control, like: black, female, handicapped or gay. Discrimination had always been something I stood against. I think it had something to do with me being an African American female, and understanding the bumpy road we travelled through America’s history to present day.  

I raised my two girls to respect people for who they are and to only judge how people treat others including my girls themselves.

So, you can imagine the shock and horror I experienced when my teenager told me she thought gays were “creepy.” This attitude came about from an entry she discovered in her best friend’s diary. Her friend apparently wrote about a crush she had on my daughter and it freaked her out.

This led to a lengthy argument conversation about homosexuality. My concerns were that she would lose a good friend over a secret she shouldn’t have even known. She admits her friend hadn’t tried anything inappropriate, her friend had never acted differently or weird around her, but finding out the secret was enough to keep my daughter from wanting to be around her friend anymore.

It saddened me. It was an insignificant reason to lose a friend over, I thought.

However, after talking with my daughter some more, I’ve come to realize how young and innocent her mind really is. She’s just afraid of what she doesn’t understand. No one can tell her what to think or how to feel. Besides, it took a few days for her initial shock to wear off and now her and her friend are the best friends they always were. Hopefully, with time and experience she will grow up to be the more tolerant, understanding, and compassionate woman I’m raising her to be.

Maybe she will grow to be against discriminating someone for being something they can’t control. Especially when the only thing they have a hard time controlling is who they love.

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In Honor of International Day Against Homophobia, I am giving away one free PDF copy of my latest MM & MMF erotic read, Tongue Tied, to one lucky commenter.

Tongue Tied
Ever since that little finger licking slipup during their “double dating” session, Dorian’s tongue has been on Ryan’s mind. If only Ryan had the courage to tell his friend what’s been nagging at him. Maybe Dorian could help him verbalize what he so desperately wants. Maybe Dorian will give him even more than he asks for. 

All you have to do to enter for a chance to win is leave a comment on this post with your email, and a winner will be randomly chosen. The winner will be notified via email on May 20th when the contest ends. Entrants must be 18 years or older.

There are over 250 other sites participating in Hop Against Homophobia 2012, so be sure to check them out here: http://hopagainsthomophobia.blogspot.com.