A couple of years ago I was talking to an acquaintance, telling her all about my friends staying the weekend, when she suddenly asked if they are gay.
I nodded, though I was sure I’d told her about them before. What I didn’t expect was her next comment.
“Oh, we have those sort of people in our community.”
I was trying to think of something to say when she started telling me about a lesbian couple who regularly attended their church services, adding, “But they don’t act that way.” for good measure.
I was gobsmacked when she kept talking and it slowly dawned on me that she thought she was being open minded and accepting. Yet she kept referring to the lesbian couple as “those sort of people” every single time.
She had no idea she was setting them apart. No idea at all.
Today, on , I’m banning the “those sort of people” comment, because “those sort of people” don’t exist. We may all be different and unique individuals, but we’re all human beings. Who we sleep with, have sex with, really shouldn’t matter, shouldn’t be anyone’s business but ours.
Today, over 240 participants will be blogging about spreading awareness of homophobia and standing together as an m/m writer community against discrimination of what we write.
Hop on board, show your support, and speak up against homophobia by visiting all our blogs and reading all our stories. We’re not sending you hopping for nothing, though. At every port there are prizes to win. (For a list of all participants, click the image)
So, what am I giving away today, and what do you need to do to win?
The winner has a choice of The Forester, The Fifth Son or, if you don’t mind waiting until the end of July, a digital or print version of my upcoming SF/suspense novel Aliens, Smith and Jones.
No country restrictions on the print version, I’m sending it worldwide.
Entering is simple, leave a comment and a valid email address, though you are free to share your own stories on homophobia. I’d love to hear them.
This contest will run until midnight the 20th. I’ll announce the winner on the 21st. Good Luck!
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