Thursday, June 25, 2015

A Thank You to LGBTQ Romance Authors for Helping Us Get Here #MarriageEquality

As we near the historic decision by the SCOTUS on marriage equality in America I have some thoughts. I don’t often do things like this on this blog, but please bear with me this time. 

I’m a romantic and a dreamer. I have high hopes that the highest court in our land will come to the right decision on the marriage equality ruling. Like many of you I plan to celebrate, tweet, hug, hashtag, cry a little, and spread love as much as possible when the right decision is handed down. I feel it coming. We’re going to get this done. We’re moving forward in the name of love. It’s beautiful. 

I unapologetically stuff my head and my life with romantic reads. In recent years I’ve discovered lgbtq romance and fiction and I want to thank all the amazing lgbtq authors, straight authors, and every reader of the romance rainbow for helping to share, and teach, and show that love is always right. 

If the best decision comes down tomorrow or next week that message can’t fade. We have to keep teaching it. Proving it. Sharing it. 

We are struggling, yet again, with racial bias and bigotry, hate and profound ugliness in this country, and around the world. But here’s the thing. We’ve already fought this fight. We won. We moved forward. It was going to be beautiful. Right? So why are we here? 

I think the answer is apathy. Others did the heavy lifting and the rest of us tagged along. There’s nothing really wrong with that, but the problem is that after civil rights laws were passed, speeches were made and marches were held we got complacent. I know I wanted to believe the fight was over. But what is never over, what always has to be moved forward, passed along and spread around is the message. The message that love is right. Hate is wrong. 

So please let’s not believe that because a law is passed or a bill is written or a decision is made that all minds have changed. There is still work to be done. There are so many kids to protect and adults to help. Messages to be spread. And love, love to be shared. 

My preferred way of learning, and teaching, and sharing that message is through romance novels. I couldn’t do it without the truly beautiful words of these authors I’ve discovered, and have yet to discover. They have inspired me, taught me, changed me. Thank each and every one of you. Keep on doing what you’re doing. It’s exactly what we need and I’ll do whatever I can to help you share your words. 


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