Welcome to the Hop Against Homophobia Blog Hop!
I am sure there are a lot of people out there with very moving and personal stories about how they have battled against homophobia in their life. Unfortunately, I am not one of them. As a straight female I have not had to put up with many homophobic slurs against me, just a bit of name-calling in school when one girl or another decided they were bored with calling me fatso or four-eyes. Mostly I ignored it since if they thought I was a lesbian then at least they weren't trying to figure out who my latest crush was and humiliating me by telling him.
So, why would I want to take a stand against homophobia?
Well, perhaps because bullying, in any form, is something we should all care about. And that is exactly what homophobia is... bullying.
Bullying doesn't always stop when you leave the school yard. It's found in work places, on housing estates, in your local pub or even on the bus.
If you open your eyes you can see bullying every day in one form or another. But how many of us do? Even more importantly how many of us speak up when we see bullying, and how many of us simply turn away and pretend we haven't seen?
Unless all of us take a stand together things will never change and that is why I think it is important for everyone, including those who are heterosexual like myself, to show support against homophobia and help spread the word about the International Day Against Homophobia. Because homophobia is one of the worst forms of bullying, at least in my opinion, because it can get worse after leaving the schoolyard. Adults, who should know better, continue with this type of bullying without any thought to how much they can hurt someone. Worse still, they often do it with the sanction of the church, the government and others in society who should be working to make things better for everyone, no matter who they chose to love.
The It Gets Better Project
One of the many organisations out there offering support for victims of bullying on the basis of sexual orientation is the It Gets Better Project.
I am sure many of you have seen one or more of the It Gets Better videos on You Tube or other similar sites. They are made by a wide variety of people with the purpose of helping young people suffering from homophobic bullying get through the teen years.
But did you know there is also an It Gets Better book? Because not every teen has access to the internet to see the videos out there. They aim to get 2500 copies of the book into schools and libraries and they are well on their way to achieving their goal. And you - yes you! - can help them achieve that.
I will be donating $1 for each comment on this post to the It Gets Better Project with a minimum of $25 (which is the cost of one of the It Gets Better books). I will round up any donation to the nearest $10. I wish it could be more, but unless I get a lottery win some time soon I don't see my bank account inflating overnight.
The winner of my blog hop contest will also get the chance to get a copy of the It Gets Better book for a US school or library of their choice. I realise that many visitors, like myself, will be international readers, and there does appear to be an option to let the site pick a school which can be used if you wish.
To win a copy of the It Gets Better book for a US school or library (as well as one of the ebooks below for yourself) all you have to do is comment on this post. Please remember to leave me a way of contacting you in case you are the winner.
Choice of prizes
Touch of a Ghost ebook (m/m)
Driving Me Crazy ebook (m/m)
Between Heaven & Hell ebook (m/m/m)
The winner will be chosen via random.org at the end of the blog hop which finishes on 20th May and contacted by email.
See who else is hopping against homophobia here.