Hello to all and hope everyone is having a fabulous Friday! Today, May 17, is the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, Here's the link to their website: http://dayagainsthomophobia.org/ . This blog hop was designed to celebrate this cause and spread awareness. Everyone deserves to live in a world where understanding and equality are freely giving not something they should have to fight for.
Not sure how much people know about me but I'm a straight woman, happily married, with four kids, and I write in the M/M genre. I live in a nice town where literally everyone knows you or they know someone that knows you. Very close nit I'd say. In saying that I haven't experienced the hate that other humans spew out toward others who they considered different. I'm fortunate but it doesn't make me any less offended when I hear people say things or do things in a hurtful manner. My belief is that we are all created equal and should be treated as such.
Like I said I have four kiddos and I'm doing my best to raise them not to be judgmental toward others. Like most kids they say things at times they don't know are hurtful or disrespectful and I have to correct them and tell them why what they said is wrong. Not a huge problem now because they are kids but this is the time to inform then why that is wrong. I don't want them growing up thinking being rude at the expense of others is acceptable.
Being around my kids and my kids friends I hear a lot and the one thing they all say, except my kids because they no better, is the word gay in a joking and unkind manner. Me being me I step up and ask them to explain to me why they would say that. Is being gay a bad thing? Something to be shameful of? I'll tell you most kids clam up and have no response to my questions. That is fine they are young but because they are young its the time to tell them why they shouldn't be saying things like that. What might seem funny to them isn't to others. As parents and adults its our job to teach our kids. I'm a firm believer in everything starts at home. So as parents we need to do our part.
This being a blog hop I will be giving out a prize. I'm offering to one lucky winner a $20 gift card to Amazon and any 1 of my books. All you have to do is leave a comment with a correct email. The hop runs from May 17, 2013- May 27, 2013. I'll pick a winner on May 28, 2013. Also there are several individuals participating in this hop so please stop by and check out there postings. This is a blog hop with a cause!
Main Blog Hop Link: http://hopagainsthomophobia.blogspot.com/