Thursday, May 17, 2012

Hop Against Homophobia

Hi Everyone,

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. 



Missy Martine said...

Great post, Gale. I already enjoy your books, and I admire you and the other authors that have banned together for such a worthy cause. Good luck to you :)

Missy Martine

Vicktor Alexander said...

Thank you for this post Gale. I already have all of your books, but I did want to leave a comment and thank you for taking a stand against homophobia today.

Margaret Fieland said...

Thanks for taking part in this. Unfortunately, a lot of people seem invested in what other folks are doing even when it has nothing to do with them.

laurie said...

wonderful post gale. i have always felt those who hate the GBLT community are insecure individuals who don't realize the GBLT community is of no threat to them

Anna Taylor Sweringen said...

Thanks for being another straight ally in this fight. It weakens the opposition claim that only LGBTQ folk are speaking.

pointycat said...

Thank you for this post. I have to agree with the comment about straight allies - thank you :)

Calisa Rhose said...

I wasn't going to comment because of the reasons stated in our emails, butttt- I thought I should speak up because I'm not afraid of gays. I'm related to one and I'm very proud of my oldest brother. And guess what? He bleeds red just like me, loves, cries and is highly intelligent. His difference lies in who he loves in the romantic forum. He lost his spouse in '91 to aids and he's been HIV positive since '84. I didn't even know that medical fact until '89 when my sister or youngest brother mentioned it. That afforded me the opportunity to learn more about the disease and not be afraid of someone afflicted with it. Yes, we have shared the same toilet- NOT at the same time! lol And I'm still HIV-free. Their sexual preferences are their business. That has nothing to do with what they are. It's WHO they are, like I am who I am.

Gale Stanley said...

Thank you all, and especially Calisa for coming back and sharing your story. I just read that singer Donna Summer died. She was 63. Life is too damn short to waste on hating other people because they're different. We should celebrate our differences and accept love where we find it.

KimberlyFDR said...

I believe love can triumph over hate and that it always will!

Thanks for participating in the blog hop.

Calisa Rhose said...

Donna Summer... makes me feel old. :(

Anonymous said...

Thanks for being part of this blog hop.

strive4bst at yahoo dot com

Yvette said...

Thanks for the wonderful post!

Cherie Noel said...

Gale, Thanks for taking part in the hop... I'm really thrilled to be part of it. Now if I could just figure out how to get the members of my family who are uncomfortable with homosexuality to read some of these amazing posts, I would be golden!

Gale Stanley said...

Hi Cherie, I'm very lucky that my family is so accepting. My son won't read my books but that's just because he can't reconcile the idea of his mom writing such hot stuff. lol

nancy said...

I am another straight ally and we have to have hope for the future. The stories I have read on this hop have been heartbreaking and some of the comments as well.

Foretta said...

Thank you so much for participating in the hop. I hope that this helps to spread the word and that one day a hop like this will no longer be needed. I have shown many of the post to my nieces and nephews. We recently have been discussing how damaging bullying is and how innocent remarks can make you be seen as being a bully. One of the things that makes me mad is when I're so gay... pisses me off. These post have helped them already. I heard my nephew stand up to someone that called someone else a hurtful name... I was so proud. Thank you all for helping by sharing hurtful and/sad memories and your personal views/message.
I pray one day for equality for EVERYONE not just some.

Rebecca Poma said...

Learned how much I didn't know through all these HAH posts.

Shadow Sterling said...

Gale, Great post

I just wanted to say “Thank You” to you and to everyone for letting me be included in your Hop Against Homophobia. I am afraid I am not a talented m/m fiction writer like yourself but I am an avid reader of it.

Actually when you are a straight girl who writes gay porn for an adult studio it is hard to fit in anywhere so I really appreciated how warmly I was welcomed into your group.

But this is a cause I feel strongly about and I wanted to let you know I appreciate the opportunity to be included.

Shadow Sterling

gigi said...

Interesting post. Thanks for participating in the HOP.


N.J. Nielsen said...

Already have mine so just stopping by to say thanks for taking part in this hop.

PaParanormalFan Renee said...

Hello Gale,

What a Wonderful Post & I Thank You so much for participating in the Hop Against Homophobia. It is GREAT to see so many Wonderful Authors coming together for a much needed cause. I am already a BIG Fan of your writing & almost own all of your Books from Silver Publishing.

I believe everyone deserves to be Openly Happy in Life, to be with the Person who Loves & Completes Them, without having to be subjected to the ignorance of some close-minded people. True Love does not see Race, Gender, Socio-Economic Status, etc….if people understood that, there would be so much more Happiness in this World…..We Could Hope!!!

I would very much appreciate the opportunity to be considered in your very generous giveaway for a chance to win a copy of "A Chance Encounter" an ebook from your backlist.

Thank You for participating in the Hop Against Homophobia.
Take care Gale & Have a Great Weekend,
PaParanormalFan Renee
paranormalromancefan at yahoo dot com

Gale Stanley said...

Thank you all for visiting my blog and the others who are participating in the Hop Against Homophobia. It's uplifting to read all your comments and have our voices be heard. Tomorrow I'll choose a winner from the commenters. Have a wonderful Sunday!

H.B. Pattskyn said...

Thank you, Gale! What a great post; I've read so many heart wrenching and heart warming stories over the last few's been an amazing trip around the Internet and wonderful to see so many great writers contributing their voices.

Thanks much,

L.M. Brown said...

I am busy hopping through all the participants of the blog hop this weekend. Thanks for joining in and sharing your thoughts.

Cathy M said...

Thank you to all the authors who are part of this blog hop and for all the wonderful comments. Love is love, and everyone deserves their hea.

caity_mack at yahoo dot com

DarienMoya said...

Thanks for participating in the hop, and liked reading about your diverse little group and i do wish others were so accpeting.

Erica Pike said...

Thanks for taking part, Gale :)

eripike at gmail dot com

wulf said...

Thanks for participating in this hop. I'm enjoying all the great blog posts.