Welcome to the Hop Against Homophobia And Transphobia.
First, I’d like to thank Erica Pike, K-lee Klein, NJ Nielsen, Cherie Noel, and Sasha L Miller for organizing this hop. It is a wonderful thing that you all are doing and it’s great to see so many participating. You can check out the main HAHAT site here.
And, I’ll just quickly add in, that my prize will be your choice of an MM eBook from Total-E-Bound Publishing. Leave a comment – with your email addy in the body of your comment – and I’ll select a winner using random.org at the end of the hop.
Now, on the the reason as to why we’re here.
Too many times I heard or read of horrendous acts caused by homophobia – beatings, rapings, murders and suicides – and I just don’t get it. How can people be so cruel to others? Why is it so important to put in such an effort to tease or harass someone to the point that they take their own life? What kind of evil lies within them that gives them satisfaction in beating, defiling or sexually violating another human being?
All of this because a man chooses to love another man or a woman love another woman, because a person only truly feels like themselves when they dress as the opposite sex or go through the steps to physically be the opposite sex.
Times are changing, though, and while the LGBTQ community is becoming more and more accepted, it’s still not enough. Some people may think, “Oh, I really want to help, be a part of an organization, but I just don’t have the time,” that’s fine. But still make it a point to reach out and change the world any way you can. While it is a wonderful thing to do, you don’t necessarily have to be a part of an organization to make a difference. Showing others that you’re accepting can be enough. Teaching your kids to that it’s okay to stand up for one another against bullies can be enough.
You don’t have to stand on a pedestal to be heard. You don’t have to be some top dog with lots of followers to get your message through. Just open your mouth and say that you care – trust me, it’ll make a difference.
For those of you who don’t know, today, May 17th, is International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia. Normally I would say, “Show your support today more than ever”, but that’s not how I feel. EVERY day you should show your support more than ever, because every day every human being deserves to be treated equally.
I feel like I did nothing but rant in this post, but it’s (only a small portion of) how I feel. I do hope, though, that this hop will help open peoples eyes and perspectives and help fight against homophobia and transphobia.
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