Hop Against Homophobia and Transphobia with Giveaway

I would like to thank one of our new reviewers, Josie, for taking the time talk to us about her views on homophobia and transphobia for our stop on the Hop Against Homophobia and Transphobia (click for other hops stops). Be sure you check out all the other blogs participating this year.   There is also a giveaway, so stay tuned for that.

 

International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (May 17th) – their link is: http://dayagainsthomophobia.org/

 

HAHAT 2014

 

 

Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia. Three words that as a child of the sixties growing up in English suburbia I didn’t know existed. For all I know those words may not even have been invented until years later, all I do know is that until the fateful day I watched the first episode of Queer as Folk (the US version) I didn’t know people existed who gave rise to those words. What I have learned since I became aware of them is that those words mean hate and discrimination, something I abhor. In my perfect word everybody is entitled to respect, to live their lives as they see fit, to be comfortable in their own skin, and nobody, and I mean nobody, has the right to tell them otherwise. No religion, constitution or any other social factor should affect that absolute right.

The wonderful books I now read show me that it is possible to live without discrimination, yes some books show the reality of the world we currently live in but some also showcase the perfect world of tolerance and diversity.   

When I was a teenager I became infatuated with a female classmate, unfortunately it became public knowledge and I was ridiculed at school because of it. I think it was a phase I was going through as a few years later I married my first boyfriend but if it had not been a phase, if I really had been a lesbian then that really shouldn’t have mattered, but back then in the mid seventies it did. I have nieces and nephews now of the same age I was then, I want them to live in a world of freedom, a world of tolerance and acceptance. I want then not to be afraid of who they are and what they want to be. 

I can only hope that in future years those hateful words become unknown again, like they were in my childhood. Until then I’ll read books that show me such a world can exist. 

Giveaway

Prism Book Alliance is offering 1 lucky commenter their choice of a 2 Prism Reviewed eBooks or an equivalent donation in your name to the GLBTQ charity of your choice.  

Contest ends 24 May 2014 @ 11:59pm CST.  Must be 18 or older to win.  Void where prohibited.

 

Farewell Giveaway
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.

Thank you so much for your support over the last 4 years. Prism will be closing its doors on 1 April 2017. All content will remain available, but no new content will appear after 31 Mar 2017. As such all request forms have been turned off. Again Thank you,

Brandilyn
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29 thoughts on “Hop Against Homophobia and Transphobia with Giveaway

  1. Thanks for the lovely post and participating in the hop. I have two young children and I want them to not be afraid to be themselves and love who they will.

  2. I do instill in my children that they should chose their friends because of who they are not what they are or whether they prefer sports, drama, music or any other arbitary denominator (they are still fairly young). I am hoping that when other factors come into force, they wont be issues for mine.

  3. I’m loving this very special Blog Hop – Thank you for your great message – it is up to everyone of us to help stop the hate. We all deserve to love and be loved!

  4. I support this message fully. As long as nobody is getting hurt that doesn’t want to, everyone should live life how they need to.

  5. Thank you for sharing. I have a young son and want him to feel free to be whoever he is and love whomever he falls in love with. I can only hope that things continue to improve.

  6. One of the worst things that can happen to you in life is having to hide who you really are and live by others expectations. I wholly support this message against that.

  7. The sad thing is that people judge no matter what and no matter where. Even in this hop a visitor felt it was okay to tell me that she didn’t read F/F. We say we want a world without prejudice and discrimination, but we’re not always able to recognize when we are the perpetrators. Here’s to a new world where we can look at ourselves first and see where we need to change.

  8. Thanks for participating in the hop. It’s awful that people have to judge but they do, regardless of our best efforts, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t keep right on trying to convince them. lena.grey.iam@gmail.com

  9. Nice blog post. I don’t know if I will this this giveaway or not, but if I do I would love to donate to GLBTQ charity. I want to support them in my own little way.

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