Welcome to the Hop Against Homophobia, an event inspired to promote equality, spread awareness about homophobia, and hopefully prove that even the smallest contribution is a step in the right direction.
There are over 200+ authors, reviewers, publishers, and LGBTQ supporters participating in this hop, many of who will be sharing personal stories and experiences. I truly believe that by the end of this hop, not only will we all be inspired, but we will walk away having learned something new.
Many of us have encountered some form of bullying or harassment in our lives, whether we identify as LGBTQ or not. They say kids can be cruel, but we all know that adults can be so much worse. We've been hurt, had things done to us that leaves scars, and anger, but we can use our experiences to help others. We can put an end to the hate, stand up and say enough is enough. We can protect our youth from hurting themselves or taking their own lives. We can use our love to show those who have hurt us that we are strong. No, you won't get through to everyone, but think of the ones you do get through to.
Equality is not something that is earned or given to some and not to others. It is something that should be present from the moment someone is born. Yes, America, you've come a long way, but you still have so much more to go. Everyone deserves to be treated like a human being, and no person or group has the right to dictate how someone else leads their life, who they love or who they marry.
We are fortunate enough to live in a country where identifying as LGBTQ won't land you in prison or get you the death penalty. However that is not enough. No one should be made to feel like a second class citizen, and everyone has the right to lead a life without fear of violence, hatred, or discrimination.There is no excuse.
There's so much we can do to spread awareness, and you'd be surprised how just talking to someone can make them question and even reconsider their prejudice. We can offer help, love, and support to those who need us, and education and patience for those who don't understand.
As a thank you for participating, I will be giving one winner the following:
- 1 PDF copy of my upcoming release: Lost In My Waking Dream (will be emailed to you first thing May 23rd when it's released)
- 1 eBook copy of Roses in the Devil's Garden (This is my Love is Always Write story which is not yet available for download anywhere else and includes a cover especially designed. File formats available are PRC, MOBI, HTML, and EPUB. Unfortunately I don't have PDF available at this moment. I apologize for the inconvenience.)
- 1 PDF copy of The Amethyst Cat Caper
I will also be making a donation of $25 to the It Gets Better Project
in the winner's name.
To enter: all you have to do is leave a comment on this post. You can share a story, your thoughts on equality, or anything new you might have learned from this hop. If you'd like to follow my blog, that would be a treat but not necessary.
The winner will be chosen via random.org and announced on Monday May 21st.
* * Please make sure to leave an email address where you would like your books delivered should you win. * * Please note that you must be at least 18yrs of age to enter.
There are many organizations out there dedicated to providing help and support to the LGBTQ community. No one should have to feel alone or scared because of who they are, and these organizations help make huge differences in people's lives.
NoH8 promotes marriage, gender and human equality through an incredible visual protest, as well as social media, and education.
The Trevor Project
provides crisis interventions and suicide prevention through a safe, supportive, and positive environment. They offer a nationwide 24/7 counseling hotline, a confidential Q&A forum, Online Chat, and social networking community for LGBTQ youth.
It Gets Better Project
reaches out to LGBTQ teens, showing them that not only are they not alone, but they can have (and have a right to) lead happy lives. With over 50,000 videos created by everyone from celebrities to activists, the It Gets Better Project
offers hope and inspiration through caring and understanding.
provides support for not only the LGBTQ community, but for their families and friends. Through education and advocacy, they seek to end discrimination and ensure a brighter, better future of equality.Straight for Equality
offers allies of the LGBTQ community various ways in which they can help to make a difference. Even the smallest step taken can make a great impact.
To continue the hop, you can click on the Hop Against Homophobia button at the top of this post or on the sidebar. Or you can click here
x Charlie x