We’re hoppin’ because we care #HAHABT

HAHABT 2015Hello and welcome to the 2015 Hop Against Homophobia, Bi, and Transphobia

This is my first year participating mainly because I didn’t know about it in the past 🙂 But I’m pleased to take part this year. Love in all its forms should be celebrated, not feared.

Today is the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia, so this is a perfect time for the hop. I have a giveaway listed under my article. Leave an answer to the question posed to enter. The winner will be chosen after the hop ends. Please leave your email address so I can find you. 🙂

I grew up in a extremely conservative Xtian religion – I do mean conservative. To say I never fit in would be an understatement. I guess I was born with a liberal soul. Growing up, it hurt that nobody would accept me in our community, but I figured ‘i’ was at fault. Turns out – I was just different.

I went to college at a tiny 2-year institution run by my religion and didn’t fit in there either, though I’d learned by that time how to mask it better. But my differences really stood out in one of my classes one day. The teacher put a picture up on the board and asked us to write down three things that were wrong with it. It was a drawing of a ballroom with people dancing in formal dress. I noticed that a table hung from the ceiling, there was an armoire off to the side, and one of the guys was wearing a t-shirt. I was the only person in the class who wrote those down. What did the others say? There’s two girls dancing together or two boys dancing together. The professor pointed out my answers as it turned out he was a more liberal soul and had hoped for more of those responses. All it did was make me stand out…and I still wasn’t sure why.

By the time I was in my mid-20s, I was working as assistant manager at a book store run by yes…that religion. For one week straight, I wore an AIDS awareness pin. My manager didn’t say much – I think I amused Pam. But one week later, I was called into a meeting at corporate due to a complaint by one of my employees who was a known troublemaker.

I couldn’t understand people’s dislike of someone just because they were gay back then and I still don’t get it. Why should it matter? That we have to have a day dedicated to being against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia is a sad statement on humanity. We need to douse the fear people use to create hate and dissension. After all, we’re all here and that should be enough.

I do think it’s wonderful how much GLBTQ+ lit has popped up, though. The fact is, romance is just romance. But everyone deserves to be able to read books with a couple they can identify with. Or just because they enjoy reading stories about two strong individuals. I know I have my favorite authors and keep finding new ones. Who are yours?

In honor of the hop, I’m giving away 1 copy from my available backlist to someone who comments below with the answer to this question. Who are your favorite GLBTQ+ romance authors? You have until end of day on May 24th (pacific time) to leave your response. Make sure and leave your email address so I can contact you if you win.

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Check out the rest of the hop: (remember, each blog is giving away something- check out and comment on as many as you can)

20 Replies to “We’re hoppin’ because we care #HAHABT”

  1. Like you, I have trouble understanding why people even care about other’s sexuality. How could that be a problem? Love is great and that’s it ^^ Thanks for sharing your story!

    My favorite author is Raythe, from Raythe Reign!! She’s number 33 in the list above ^^ In the worlds she creates, being gay or being around gay people is normal for all the characters, as it should be in the real world, so it’s pretty refreshing 🙂 She writes dark fantasy or SF with shifters, werewolves, vampires, demons, etc. Her stories are always filled with action and suspense and surprises, with awesome characters, and I just love each and everyone of them <3

    I want to participate in the giveaway, so my email is [email protected] !!! =)

  2. I’m so jealous!!

    “That we have to have a day dedicated to being against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia is a sad statement on humanity. We need to douse the fear people use to create hate and dissension. After all, we’re all here and that should be enough.”

    I had spent all night last night trying to figure out how to word that! And you nailed it head on 🙂

    Great post!!

  3. Thank you for your post and participating in this blog hop. Many of the authors from Dreamspinner Press are often on my to-read list. And I hope, someday soon, my own releases will be on someone else’s to-read list 🙂

    [email protected]

  4. I have so many favorite authors ,Amy Lane, PL Nunn. Richard Rider, Abigail Roux, Jordan L Hawk and so many more.

  5. Some of my favoritie authors include Josh Lanyon, Rhys Ford, Cody Kennedy, Tara Lain, Mickie B. Ashling, Charlie Cochrane, Mary Calmes, Mia Kerick, and many, many more! ree.dee.2014 at gmail.com

  6. Thanks for this post, and help spreading the word. It is sadly still needed.
    Some of my favorite authors in GLBTQ are NR Walker, Renae Kaye, Jaime Reese, Kindle Alexander, Mary Calmes, RJ Scott, Skylar m Cates, Andrew Grey and there are lots more 🙂
    ahpg(at)ziggo(dot)nl

  7. I love Charlie Cochet’s books. Thanks for your post!

    annmarief115 at gmail dot com

  8. So, so many! Damon Suede, Tara Lain, Eden Winters, Josephine Myles, Clare London, KA Mitchell, Edmond Manning…I know I’m forgetting a ton I love…

    vitajex(at)Aol(Dot)com

  9. Choosing favorite authors is kind of like choosing a favorite child. Difficult and likely to change at a moment’s notice, based on any number of factors. But right now I’m loving Alexis Hall, Aleksandr Voinov, Vaughn R. Demont & Andrea Speed.

  10. I have quite a few that I enjoy: Mary Calmes, Cardeno C, Cate Ashwood, Josh Lanyon, Jordan Castillo Price, Abigail Roux, Charlie Cochet, Eden Winters, and the list just keeps on going.

    humhumbum AT yahoo DOT com

  11. so many!!
    Kindle Alexander, Ella Frank, Sandrine Gasq-Dion, Charlie Cochet, Jordan L Hawk, Kendall McKenna, Josh Lanyon, Sean Michael to name a few

  12. so many….
    Kindle Alexander, Abigail Roux, Sandrine Gasq-Dion, Ella Frank, Jordan L hawk, Charlie Cochet, Josh Lanyon, Sean Michael, Kendall McKenna…I’m sure I’ve missed some!

  13. Thanks for being part of the hop. Some of my favorite authors are Andrew Grey, Lynn Hagen, Stormy Glenn and Amber Kell.
    sstrode at scrtc dot com

  14. Thank you for being part of this blog tour and for a chance to win one of your books. I have so many favourite authors it would be hard to just to pick one, Mary Calmes and TA Chase were some of the first MM authors I started to read, but I also have enjoyed so many others like LM Somerton, Sue Brown, RJ Scott, JP Bowie, Charlie Cochet, Andrew Grey… “Why try to fit it when you were born to stand out” slholland22 {at} hotmail {dot} com

  15. Thanks so much, everyone, for participating! The winner’s been chosen. Once I hear back from him/her, I’ll post who won and what book they chose here 🙂

  16. Congratulations to CerseiDM who won Two Sides of the Same Coin.

    And again, thanks to everyone who participated in the hop, both bloggers and commenters 🙂

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