Thursday, May 16, 2013

Hop Against Homophobia and Transphobia #HAHAT









Comment to win one of three $10 gift cards from Riptide Publishing
 I hope you'll comment below, particularly about the books that have most caused you to take notice of homophobia and/or transphobia. These could be books that would be great to pass on to someone to help change their perspective. Or books that really reached you and you'd love the world to know about them. See details below.

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Dear LGBTQ Fiction Author:

This blog’s for you!

Well, this post anyway. So please take a moment and pat yourself on the back. Grab something cool to drink, it's on me, because I want you to know that you do make a difference in the fight against homophobia and transphobia through your writing. Thank you for doing what you do.

This is a thank you because you have taken this middle aged, uninvolved housewife and mother of two and inspired her to do a little more. If it weren’t for the fun, fluffy, sexy, beautiful, and stirring things you write I wouldn’t have paid attention. Your words reached me.

I started reading M/M Romance purely for the sexy fun of it all. I was blissfully happy reading and "learning" about two hot, sexy, often tragically afflicted men falling in love. But, somewhere along the way I must have read something that cut a little deeper. Twisted my gut and caused me to recognize an injustice, an unfairness, an inequality. By this point it was already too late. Authors of lgbtq fiction made me care. So when injustice showed up in real life I think I paid a little more attention, listened a little more carefully and eventually began seeking out ways to make a difference. Now I know about things like:

International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia -May 17th, 2013
Human Rights Campaign 
Stonewall 
NOH8 

Don't get me wrong, I still LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the fun, fluffy, sexy, thrill-rides. Please keep that, uh, coming because they're what caught my interest, turned my head and caused me to take action. But occasionally I come across a book that reaches me in a different way. I have a Goodreads shelf dedicated to books I call Bigoted Mind Changers. They’re the books that I like to recommend to friends who might not be sure about the genre. The books that get my “I need to get involved” energy up, and books that have changed my way of thinking.

I’m adding a short list of some of those books that have had that effect on me and I’m hoping that people will tell us about a book that reached them.

Thank you authors, for sharing your message, spreading the love and not laughing at the Straight, Married Woman on Twitter who needs everything clarified. Keep writing, keep being inspired and know that readers are listening. We may beg and plead for the next titillating tidbit, but all of your words get through.

Please be sure to visit the Hop Against Homophobia and Transphobia website for more information. Check out the links below to visit all the blogs participating in this wonderful and important hop.

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Prizes: I couldn't be more pleased to announce that Riptide Publishing had graciously donated three $10 gift cards toward ebook purchase. So I’d love it if everyone would comment below and share about a LGBTQ fiction book that changed you, opened your eyes or has that effect on others. All commenters are eligible to win one of the three gift cards. Please add your email dot com for easy contact. The contest ends late on May 27th and I’ll be announcing the winners on the blog Tuesday, May 28th. Thanks for commenting and reading.

My recommendations for Bigoted Mind Changers are:

One Boy's Shadow by Ross McCoubrey  
Talker by Amy Lane
The View from a Rusty Train Car by DeeJay Arens
Listening to Dust by Brandon Shire
Share yours :)

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