Hop Against Homophobia


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.

By: Michele

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.”

NL Gassert

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.

By Lydia:

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.

Michele

Hop Against Homophobia

29 Comments

  1. I believe everyone deserves to be Openly Happy in Life, to be with the Person who Loves & Completes Them, without having to be subjected to the ignorance of some close-minded people. True Love does not see Race, Gender, Socio-Economic Status, etc….if people understood that, there would be so much more Happiness in this World. I definitely feel an Educated Younger Generation is definitely the Key to a more understanding & accepting Society…. We Could Hope, Right???

    I would very much appreciate the opportunity to be considered in your very generous giveaway. Thank You.

    Thank You for participating in the Hop Against Homophobia.

    Take Care & Wishing You the Best,
    PaParanormalFan Renee
    paranormalromancefan at yahoo dot com

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  2. First of all I want to thank you for participating in Hop and sharing with us all. Also, I wanted to share with you, in the hopes that you’ll share with your readers, a study done by a panel of psychologists on homophobia. I think all homophobics out there need to read this…
    http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-big-questions/201106/homophobic-men-most-aroused-gay-male-porn
    To me, homophobia is an excuse. An excuse to not acknowledge that something *IS* because it was meant to be.
    Once Again, Thank You.
    Sandra Rush
    taina1959@yahoo.com
    http://enchantedrosegarden.blogspot.com

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  3. I will never understand why some people can have so much hate for others who have done nothing wrong. Homophobia needs to end, and one way to do that is to teach our children. Our children are our future and our future is a homophobia free world.

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  4. “As for those that worry about the morals of America, start looking elsewhere because this is not where the problem lays.”

    This is so true. The image at the bottom of the post also shows the obvious that the bigots refuse to see. All we can do is persevere and continue our support to GLBTQ rights. I believe that’s the only way to get acceptance.

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  5. Thank you for sharing your thoughts. I also believe that this is one of the worst types of prejudices because of the way it tears families apart. Those who should be supportive being the ones who are the worst homophobes is something that never ceases to sadden me.

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  6. I think comments like NL’s to the little girl in the dog park can go a long way. Children are pretty accepting of people unless they are specifically taught otherwise, and simply showing that you don’t see a problem with it and so they don’t have to either, can go a long way.

    Thanks so much for the giveaway. I would like Caged if I get the chance. 🙂
    ashley.vanburen[at]gmail[dot]com

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  7. Education is the key, that and the fact that the old crabby men that make the laws will soon be dying off. I have faith that the younger generation, not counting those like Sanctimonious, will see the changes made.

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  8. I have a cousin that was never accepted by his parents because he was gay. He ended up moving out of state and creating his own family. I think it was such a brave thing to do.

    I would love to win Lethal Obsession: Caged.

    geishasmom73 AT yahoo DOT com

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  9. All the personal stories of love & support & education, added together, are the rocks which Hate dashes against in vain! I’ve gotta believe it; so mote it be.

    If my comment happens to be chosen, Lies of Omission looks pretty tasty. 😉

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  10. why do certain people feel they have the right to hate on someone for who they love?! They are in love & that should be all that matters….it breaks my heart that it isn’t as easy for some people.

    as for the giveaway…caged looks amazing! (i think i’m gonna go add everything to my tbr shelf!)

    raynman1979 at yahoo dot com

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  11. It always amazes me the amount of people who think they have the right to tell another person how to feel and what to think. Never mind how they themselves would feel if the tables were turned. It’s such a simple notion that is so damn hard for some people to realize. My hope is that one day the majority of people get it. Until then, I try as to be patient.

    Caged looks right up my alley 😉

    sionedkla@gmail.com

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