Thianna Durston

In-depth tales of men loving men

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)

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