Welcome to the very first “Hop Against Homophobia!” We here at Top 2 Bottom Reviews are very proud to be a part of this wonderful event and one we hope to see again next year. We believe this is an important message behind the purpose of this hop and we hope we all can make a difference. Homophobic discrimination is a very serious issue and bringing awareness and support to our community is important. So, please, hop along with us and have fun while you share your thoughts, experiences, or ideas with us here.
In today’s society it still shocks me that Homophobia even exists. I mean let’s think about it. As humans we’ve come a long ways from the start of time…or have we? Look at all the awesome accomplishments we’ve witnessed and been a part of since then. I don’t have to list them. But the one thing that we are still fighting for rights for is the one thing we can’t get across as quickly as we wished. I’m a very open person. I don’t see sexuality as a criteria in selecting my friends, what books I’ll read and review, what books I’ll write, what sites I visit, what places I go. As long as the person is a decent human being, I honestly don’t care what their sexual preference is. Why should I? Why should anyone? Why is it anyone’s business? Why do so many have an issue with same-sex love? Personally what two or more humans do in their own room, home, or wherever, with whoever, really isn’t anyone’s business. It’s just theirs. What OUR business IS, is our own. Something about sweeping off our own front porch…walking a mile in someone else’s shoes…minding one’s business…I can go on and on. But the simple truth of the matter here is that no one has the right to relay, direct, order, put into law, or involve themselves in our personal lives. PERIOD. And homophobia is doing just that. Love is Love. Period.
As a part of the M/M fiction community, both as an author and a reader, I think we have a variety of reasons for enjoying the genre, not the least of which is I think women find men fascinating. Two men together, then, is twice as fascinating. But to be completely honest, I can’t say that I sit down to write and think, I’m going to write this story aimed at a particular audience. I just write what comes into my imagination and go where the characters tell me to go. And in saying that when it comes to homophobia I just can’t get it. Why does it matter who we chose to take to bed with us? The MM community is tiny, but you know what? It won’t be for long. we are growing by the day and we are bringing awareness and we are standing up for rights that weren’t fought for as hard as they were before. We, as a whole can beat this homophobia thing, as long as we stand together and fight for equal rights for all. Not just one. Remember…there is no I in Team. We are a team of people fighting for what we believe in, and eventually we will make our point and we will be heard. Until then, stand proud, stand tall, and keep that pride.
I do believe in the equality for all. Not just some, as appointed by the “higher-ups.”
I’m a military spouse, a suburban housewife, and a mother of three. I’m also a brand new dog owner, which recently presented me with an interesting educational moment: Our new puppy Texas needed socialization, so we took her to the dog park. She quickly made friends with another dog whose child-sized human was immediately taken with the pairing. “Is your dog a boy or girl,” she inquired. “A girl,” I told her. She turned to watch the dogs play then announced with great disappointment, “Oh that’s too bad. If your girl was a boy, he could have married my dog.” I smiled. “That’s true, isn’t it? But you know what? Two girls can get married, too.” The child’s expression clearly told me that she hadn’t heard of such a thing before and didn’t know what to make of it. Her mother’s face made it just as clear that she didn’t relish the questions and conversation that were sure to follow.
It was a small moment, I’ll give you that. But I’d like to think that many small moments eventually snowball into big ideas, that an off-hand comment to a child in a dog park starts a conversation at a dinner table that eventually leads to someone somewhere speaking up for equality and against homophobia.
When Michele asked her reviewers to write a small essay on their feelings regarding homophobia I was unsure on what to say. I am sure some would consider my thoughts to be a little naïve, yet regardless of how hard my life has been the one constant has always been the fact that I do not understand how people as a whole are not more understanding of the differences found in others.
While prejudice has always, and more than likely will always, exist, I think those that suffer at the hands of homophobics have it a little harder. Although those who have had to deal with hatred against them because of their skin color, race, or religion, the one thing they never had to deal with is hatred from their own families. I have always believed that while you may not always like your family, you should always love them. So why people feel they have a right to ridicule others for who they love is something that I find hard to understand, and to all those out there who have had to put up with this, my heart goes out to you.
I know that people use a variety of reasons to justify their beliefs. I’m sorry but all those reasons are just a bunch of bull shit. I have a hard time deciding who are worse, those that hide behind their religion, or those who yell that those in the LGBT community are out to destroy the morals of America. For those who use religion, I believe there is something in the Bible that says, “Judge not least ye be judged”, and I only know of one person who has that right, and sorry you’re not Him. As for those that worry about the morals of America, start looking elsewhere because this is not where the problem lays.
It saddens me when I hear of young kids committing suicide because of how they are treated for being gay, or states, that deny their citizens basic rights because of who they love. As those more open-minded raise their children to be more accepting of others, I hope things will finally change, but until then it’s up to each one of us to try and change the homophobic ignorance of those around us.
In thanks to you for coming by and reading what we as a group have to say about homophobia I, along with Nadja are offering free ebooks and a print book to three lucky winners. All you need to do is leave a line or two on your thoughts about Homophobia and how you think we as a community can bring that to an end. In your comment please let us know which book you’d like. (To see my backlist look to your right.) That’s it. Please leave your comments here, and on May 20th at 11:59PM three people will be chosen and we will contact you via email.
Thanks for stopping by.