I want to thank everyone who came out for the Hop Against Homophobia. Hundreds of people came by and a lot of folks left wonderful comments. Take a look at the previous post if you missed the event. I hopped around among the many great authors who participated and was touched, moved and inspired by their stories. Here are a few samples of the comments people left during the Hop:
Renee said: I believe everyone deserves to be Openly Happy in Life, to be with the Person who Loves & Completes Them, without having to be subjected to the ignorance of some close-minded people. True Love does not see Race, Gender, Socio-Economic Status, etc….if people understood that, there would be so much more Happiness in this World….We Could Hope, Right???
Darcy said: I too grew with gay friends, but never saw them any different than anyone else other than they were in love with who they loved. They have made my life richer and i have been ever so blessed to have them in my life....*S*
Jessica said: Loved your post. I think it's telling that everyone has a connection of one kind or another to the gay community. So important to remember that.
RB said: We are all supporting an important thing. I’m from Czech Republic. I live in an apartment building with lesbians neighbors who met with homophobia and animosity from one of the neighbors on daily basis.
Emily said: When I was in high school, only one of my teachers made the accommodations I needed. He also was one of the only teachers who saw how much I was hurting at that time. I respect him and his husband greatly; they are an inspiration.
Nona said: We all know someone who's gay, but because of homophobia, people can't be who they really are. If more people realized that someone they care about is gay, maybe they wouldn't be so quick to judge. Thanks for taking part in this blog hop!
Sally said: Thanks, as always, for sharing - not just your personal story, but your published stories as well! Today has been such an adventure, with such a wide range of experiences, it's refreshing to see how many different ways there are to deal with the hatred that's out there.
Sandra said: This was a touching blog Tara. I am so sorry to hear of your friend's passing. As they say, The Show Must Go On, but we go on honoring those who have passed, letting the world know what fantastic friends they were. I am glad that through your writing, you are giving someone out there the hope that one of these days they'll have their Happily Ever After...
Pauline said: What a great cause! My local PRIDE is coming up next month. As I sit here now, typing away, I'm wearing my rainbow PRIDE tank top! I also enjoy writing and reading gay romance. It's not only hawt, but necessary for every person to have their happily ever after no matter who they love. Thank for shedding light on such a worthy cause.
Sara said: A great cause. I can't imagine what it must be like to hide yourself from people. And how tiring it must be, too. It's something I take for granted, I guess. Hopefully, one day people will just let others be and not judge those who are unlike them. I think the world needs more variety, not less.
And there are MANY more! Thank you again everyone for sharing yourselves.
The winner of a $10 GC and a copy of either Volley Balls or Fire Balls is Elin Gregory. I'm waiting to hear back from her now. Congratulations!!
Tomorrow on this blog, Alanna Blackett will be visiting with a new release and a giveaway for you so plan to come back! Thank you again everyone. Talk soon. : )
Tara Lain never met a beautiful boy she didn’t love – at least on paper. A writer of erotic romance, mostly ménage and male/male, Tara loves all her characters, but especially her handsome heroes. A lifelong writer of serious non-fiction, Tara only fell in love with EROM in 2009 and, through perserverance and lots of workshops, had the first novel she ever wrote accepted for publication in 2010. After an exotic life of travel all over the world and work in television, education and advertising, Tara settled in Southern California with her soul-mate husband and opened her own small marketing business. She paints, collages, and started practicing yoga “way before it was fashionable”. Passionate about diversity, justice, inclusion and new ideas she says on her tombstone it will read, “Yes”.