Today I'm posting two blogs because it's International Day Against Homophobia and I want to help spread the word and also promote the Hop Against Homophobia.
Over 250 authors, reviewers and publishers are taking part between May 17th and May 20th. There are prizes involved (see below) but our focus is to bring awareness to a very serious subject - homophobia.
A lot of my stories are about gay men but like many authors of gay romance, I'm a heterosexual woman who is married with kids. People who know me ask—why write about men? Hey, I love men!
I discovered I enjoyed writing from the man's POV much more than the woman's. I love the emotional and physical connection between two strong male characters and the appeal of the male body.
I worked with men for twenty-six years in a construction office and out in the field. We were a diverse group, including many cultures, religions, etc. One of my coworkers was a gay man in a long committed relationship. He and his partner adopted his sister's child when she died. I watched another friend die of AIDS. We were fortunate our group was caring and accepting of everyone. Unfortunately it's not always like that in the real world.
The definition for homophobia is—the fear of homosexuals. That fear inspires discrimination. Open communication dispels fear.
I love Tina Fey's answer, when asked the difference between male and female comedy writers: “The men urinate in cups. And sometimes jars.”
It's a funny line but for me it underscores the fact that inside we're not all that different. So I'm proud to stand with other members of the MM writing community and bring attention to the serious issues that GLBTQ people face.
Help us make it better.
And if you haven't read a MM romance here's your chance. Leave a comment and your email addy below and you may win a copy of A Chance Encounter or your choice of an ebook from my backlist.
Adam is a wolf hybrid, the result of a military research project, splicing animal DNA with human DNA, to create the perfect soldier. Somehow the genetic manipulation went too far and Adam can't control his beast. Slated for termination, a freak gas explosion provides the opportunity for his escape from the medical facility he calls home. A hunted man, he expects to spend the rest of his life alone, but a Chance encounter changes everything.
Chance is unlucky in love and stuck in a job he hates. Then he meets Adam, his perfect man. But Adam is more than a man and involving Chance in his life could get them both killed.