Saturday, May 17, 2014

Hop Against Homophobia and Transphobia contest


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It's the International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia.   Things certainly have changed over time, there was a time that this was all locked up in a closet somewhere and the 'general' population pretended that homosexuals and transgender people didn't exist.    Or that they were going to hell, or should be locked away, etc.

Flash forward to 2014 and it's, thankfully, a different world.   But unfortunately there is still hatred out there,  still those who would use violence and lies to spread their message of hate.   Just like I want so desperately to think anti-Semitism is a think of the past,  but recent events at a Jewish Community center in Kansas City tells me that the hatred is still alive.  

We must all stick together to wipe out the hatred.   That we all have a right to be who we are and that love is what is important.

Speaking of love,  a few weeks ago I was at the Cherry Blossom Festival in DC.  I went on a cruise, which I  highly recommend.   Earlier in the day I met up with my nephew and his boyfriend,  they had come into town and were spending the weekend enjoying the festival too.    We had lunch and then walked down the mall to take a look at the Capitol and other sites along the way.  They were walking me toward where I need to meet up with some friends who were going on the cruise with me.

One of the things I saw was that my nephew and his boyfriend were openly holding hands,  something that some gay couples still feel uncomfortable doing in public.   I was so happy that he has found someone to love and that they are open about it.   They have every right to show their love like any couple, gay or straight.   I am also happy that there are many states that allow gay marriage, and that the list is growing every year.    I hope that all 50 states will join in and let people who love one another have the right to marry.     There is so much more work left to be done.  Gay couples should also be allowed to adopt if they choose to as well.  

You also hear so much about transgender folks who are beaten, treated like they are worthless.  Well they are NOT worthless.   I was in the grocery store recently, and saw a transgender man checking out.   I tried not to stare,  but I was curious.  I was looking around to see if anyone else was taking notice.   No one did.   He was having problems at the self checkout and one of the workers helped him.  Treated him like they'd treat any other customer.    I was happy to see this.  

I want to celebrate today by offering up my books.  Because of the bru ha ha at Silver two of my books have been taken off publication.  I have the rights to both books.   "Catch of the Day"  and "From the Depths"  

And my Dreamspinner book, "The Finest Thing."  was put into out of print.  I have the rights to that book as well.  

Right now RL is in an upheaval so I haven't been able to write much, nothing beyond my Weds Brief.  I am thinking of turning Tom and Ben's story into a full length story.  

I am running a contest.    The winner will receive a copy of any of my books,  including those that are no longer available.  Hey the belong to me I can choose to give them away if I want.  :D

All you have to do is leave a message and contact info.  The hop ends on May 24th.  I'll select a winner and announce it on May 25th.

Thank you for your support.  


27 comments:

  1. I loved your statement. "We must all stick together to wipe out the hatred." It's so true. Only love has the power to conquer hatred.

    ladyunwritten[AT]gmail[DOT]com

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  2. please count me in

    leetee2007@hotmail.com

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  3. Thanks for the chance! Loved your post :)

    crystal_2_18(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  4. Great hop & giveaway.
    rockybatt@gmail.com

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  5. Very cool. I am so happy for your nephew as well. I hope someday my son finds his special person. Right now he'd settle for a job. Having no previous job experience, living in an economical depressed area of central Florida, and being gay in a conservative community isn't making it easy.

    kbmckee@mail.com

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  6. Great post, Lily. It always makes me smile when I see a same-sex couple hold hands or show affection in public just as their hetero counterparts do. I smile even wider when no one seems to think it's a big deal. I long for the day when this happens not just in larger metropolitan areas but everywhere.

    sabrinasmadrina@gmail.com

    P.S. Tom and Ben as a full length story would be great,

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  7. Wonderful post. Thanks so much for the giveaway and especially for speaking up against homophobia and transphobia!

    humhumbum AT yahoo DOT com

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  8. Great post, Lily! I've seen so much change in my lifetime as to how LGBTQ people are treated that sometimes it blows me away. We still have a ways to go in supporting our brothers and sisters. But we'll get there if we work together!

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  9. Thanks so much. I love this hop.
    debby236 at gmail dot com

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  10. Thanks for contributing. We all have to do our part. I love seeing how things are changing. lena.grey.iam@gmail.com

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  11. Thanks for hop and giveaway.
    cvsimpkins@msn.com

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  12. Great hop & giveaway!

    Deborah H
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  13. Thanks for being a part of the hop!
    raynman1979(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  14. Things have changed, but they need to change an awful lot more. Thanks for being part of that effort, Lily.

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  15. Lily, change is happening, slowly but surely. Thanks for the post and contest. caddyauthor(at)gmail(dot)com

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  16. Thank for for participating in the hop and for all everyone does. someday we can hopefully retire such words as homophobia transphobia and other of that ilk. rojoroaors@yahoo.com. thank you,
    Roger

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  17. I really enjoyed this post. Thanks.

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  18. Thank you for you wonderful post. It great hearing about your nephew and his boyfriend. I can only hope it gets better by the time my son is old enough to date.

    jczlapin(at)gmail(dot)com

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  19. Thank you for such a personal post. It sounds like your mother had a huge impact on your writing, and I can't help but think that she had an impact on the person you have become. Your love of family comes through loud and clear in this post. Real change starts at home... you're off to a good start! Thanks for a chance to win copy of one of your books and for your support of this great cause.
    ruralmom08 (at) gmail.com

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  20. Great post things are changing but as always it can be one step forward and two steps back. Hopefully in years to come it will have got better.

    ShirleyAnn(at)speakman40(dot)freeserve(dot)co(dot)uk

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  21. I likedyour post, some positive thoughts.

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  22. Yes we do need to be more accepting of everyone. I hope one day we will get there and there will be no more hatred.
    demetra21@yahoo.com

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  23. Thanks for taking part in the hop!

    kimberlyFDR@yahoo.com

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  24. Thanks for participating with such a great post.
    debby236 at gmail dot com

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  25. Thanks so much for the chance to enter! wendynjason04@gmail.com

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  26. I enjoyed your post. Thanks for being part of the hop.
    sstrode at scrtc dot com

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