So, today marks the 9th annual International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, and the 3rd Hop Against Homophobia. Last year, I talked about being asexual. This year, I decided to do something a little different and talk about why I support LGBT rights. When people ask me why I stand against homophobia, I tell them I stand against hate.
I've never understood how people can be so hateful. I spent most of my childhood years being bullied. So, I know what it's like to be a victim, to feel alone and helpless. I still remember my 4th grade teacher telling me that there would always be bullies and I should just accept it.
That's one of the reasons I work with children. I refuse to believe what my teacher told me. Children are also the future. I teach my kids love, tolerance, and kindness. That it's okay to be different. That even if they don't agree with someone, they still should be civil and tolerant. I don't teach my kids that just to fight against homophobia, but to fight against hatred of all kinds. As the Beatles said, all you need is love. By teaching children to love rather than hate, we make the world a better place.
So, in a nutshell, I believe in freedom. I believe in equality. I believe in tolerance. And most of all, I believe in love, not hate.
So, to celebrate this hop and IDAHAT, I'm giving away winner's choice of one of four ebooks. To enter, simply leave a comment about why you fight against homophobia and transphobia with your email address.
Congrats to Latona on winning your choice of book!
The Ivy League Rake by Ryan Field
Dex in Blue by Amy Lane
Chemistry by Lisabet Sarai
Blind Date by Emily Cantore