Happy weekend everyone.
Today, May 17th, is the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia. Like a lot of authors I participate in the Hop Against Homophobia and Transphobia 2014.
You’ll find the complete list, with links, at the bottom of this post. Be sure to check them out, because they deserve your support, and most of them give away swag and/or books. As will I.
It may sound a bit like preaching to the choir, because I suppose if you’re reading this at all you’re not the one this international event is aimed at. In fact, it says a lot about the sorry state of human society that such a day is still necessary.
I’m lucky enough to live in a country where the discrimination against same-sex couples marrying and adopting was thrown in the garbage bin of history thirteen years ago. I am all the more astounded when I read about the abuse of gays in a rather civilized country like Russia. I am appalled that gays are persecuted, and even risk their life, in countries like Nigeria and Uganda. I’m equally devastated when I read that American parents throw their often under-age children on the street because they’re gay. I simply can’t understand how you can do that to your own flesh and blood. In my opinion these monsters don’t deserve to be called parents, and can only be called human by applying the term in a strictly biological sense.
I think there are a few things we can do against this evil.
One is what I am trying to do now. Heightening the awareness that homophobia and transphobia are very real problems that affect hundreds of thousands of innocent human beings. And we can all do that to a certain degree.
A second, in my eyes, very effective method is standing up when you encounter instances of homophobia and transphobia. This could take the form of publicly denouncing — as loud as you can or dare — those inhuman savages who throw their children out for being gay or transgender, at the same time making a cruel mockery out of everything that parenthood is meant to be. It could also mean talking or mailing to friends and family members to convince them not to vote for politicians with a homophobic or transphobic agenda.
A third, very long-term solution, is better education all around. Make people think. Make them think correctly and make them think for themselves. They will be less likely to be deceived by the evil siren song of those who can’t stand other people being happy in the way of their own choosing.
And you know what? They and their criminal intentions can’t survive in the cold light of reason, nor in the warm light of love. In the end they’re doomed to a hell of their own making.
Meanwhile, I fear, it’s not farewell, but just goodbye. We’ll meet again in 2015. The International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia will still be necessary. But we can hope just a little bit less so.
And now for a chance to win that prize I promised.
In my series Dark Tales of Randamor the Recluse I have tried to create a world where being gay doesn’t matter all that much. I’ve also tried to create characters who will stand up against oppression and injustice.
I’m giving away three sets of the first two ebooks of the series (Bonds of Hate & Bonds of Fear). If you have read the opening trilogy, but not the sequel quadrilogy, you can choose to receive those first two ebooks (Gambit & Castling).
To be entered in the drawing, please comment about what you plan on doing or will continue doing against homophobia and transphobia.
This contest ends midnight May 27th, 2014 PST.
The winner will be announced in a separate post after the 27th, no later than the 29th.
If you see your name among the winners, please contact me through the form on this site. Basically you’re sending me an email, but only I will be able to see your email address. Which is handy, since I will have somewhere to send your prize. Please, don’t forget to mention which set of ebooks you’d like and whether you want them in mobi (kindle compatible) or epub format.
Participants in the Hop Against Homophobia and Transphobia 2014 event