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/
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.
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.
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.
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