Saturday, May 16, 2015

Hop Against Homophobia, Biphobia, and Transphobia

It's a pleasure for me to take part in another Hop Against Homophobia, Biphobia, and Transphobia. This hop and giveaway has been organized to celebrate International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia. This is a day of awareness where we join our voices together in support of equality for the LGBT community. 

As part of this event, I'm offering a prize, one of my books, winner's choice of title, in ebook. All you have to do to be entered in my giveaway is leave a comment on this post. Please also include an email address where I can contact you, should you win. Or if you're not comfortable posting an email address, then please stop by when I post the winner and if you're selected, you can email me at for your prize. I'll announce the winner on May 25th. Several authors, publishers, cover artists, and reviewers are also taking part in the hop. I've included their info below, so please check out their posts and giveaways. And I hope if you have a moment, you'll read my post, as well :-)

Good luck to all who enter in the giveaways and thank you all for being part of this special event!

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. To secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. That whenever any form of government becomes destructive to these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness...

Many who just read those words will recognize where they're from, one of the single most important documents ever written in the United States of America, our Declaration of Independence. It was written when the forefathers of this nation stood on the precipice of making history. Once again, our nation stands on that edge, ready to either bravely leap forward toward equality, or take steps back and hide in a bigoted past.

The fight for equality continues in the U.S. There have been acts by those in power within the government who have sought to harm the LGBT community. From the passing of the "Religious Freedom Restoration Act" in Indiana by Gov. Mike Pence, which in its original form allowed for open discrimination against LGBT individuals, to the Attorney General of MY home state of Ohio, Mike Dewine, claiming LGBT citizens already have too much power and don't need protection, to Senator Ted Cruz's attempts to ban same-sex marriage, there has been a shameful abuse of power in this country and a massive amount of ignorance displayed by those in office.

The politicians in office who argue against equality have lost sight that they are servants of the people. That it's their duty to protect ALL citizens of this country. No one should be made to feel they're a second-class citizen not deserving of equal rights, not deserving of being able to marry the one the love, not deserving to adopt a child because of their sexual orientation, not deserving of protection. And yet, many people live with this day after day in the United States and throughout the world.

The Declaration of Independence states that the government is granted power by the people. So too can the people take it away. We can abolish it, alter it, and stand up against those who refuse to do their duties to serve all people. And we're doing exactly that. There have been many victories in the fight for equality, one of the strongest being against Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act. In a great demonstration of solidarity, people and businesses spoke out against the bill and showed they wouldn't tolerate discrimination. The result was the law got amended.

The victories show that the people of the United States and the world can make a difference. More nations and states than ever are recognizing marriage between people of the same gender and are adding protections for the LGBT community. Progress is being made and the movement for equality continues to grow stronger. Straight, gay, bi, trans, we'll stand together as allies, because we're all of this human race and we understand that all people are equal and all individuals are deserving of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.


  1. great post


  2. Educative post. .voice against homophobia. .

  3. Thank you for sharing your thoughts. Great info.

  4. Thanks for sharing this post. Unfortunately, I live in a state where there is no marriage equality. Hopefully, this will change very soon. :)


  5. Thanks for sharing this and for participating in this important blog tour. Also thanks for the giveaway :)

    1. Forgot my email :)


  6. Thanks for your comments. It amazes me there are so few duplicates in such a large hop.

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  7. Thank you for your post and participating in this blog hop.

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  8. Thank you for your post and participating in this blog hop.

  9. Thank you for sharing your thoughts. Great info.

  10. Thanks for your post and Hop.

  11. Great post! Thanks for participating in the blog hop!

  12. Thanks so much for participating! (OF HONOR AND LOVE is one of my favorites...)

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  13. Great post. Thanks for taking part in this blog post

  14. I found the post very interesting especially "Declaration of Independence." I don't know why people can't understand that we are all human and we should all have equal rights.


  15. Thank you for the great post. I can't understand why representatives can't seem to protect their people either. We are all human and should be treated equally and fairly. I can only hope that things continue to improve.

  16. Great post. Thank you for taking part in the hop and spreading awareness.

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  17. Thanks for the great blog post and participating in the hop :)


  18. Hear, hear! Our elected "public servants" need to remember that they are there to serve all the people - not just "the base" and the people who donate the big bucks.


  19. great post! thanks for being part of the hop


  20. Thanks for joining; nice post

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