Hop Against Homophobia

Today starts the Hop Against Homophobia, a blog hop with over 250 participating bloggers. While I missed out on the initial information about this wonderful event – I had my nose buried in edits with quick deadlines — I was thrilled to learn I only needed to post my blog link to participate. So here we go, dear Readers, spread the word, win a prize, and most importantly, raise awareness of homophobia.

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Just this week I read an article about a politician who said it should be legal to fire someone because of their sexuality. It’s a choice, he said, to behave this way. Well, we all know that we don’t choose who we’re attracted to – bi, straight, or gay – so I won’t beat that dead horse today. Instead, take a moment to think about all the energy homophobia wastes…

Have you every been angry? Have you ever felt betrayed? Wanted revenge? How did it feel? Did it make you happy? Did you feel energized in your negative feelings? Hatred is exhausting. It’s stressful. It brings you down. When your mind is filled with resent, pain, disgust, and hate, you yourself will be unhappy, and often unhealthy. Is it worth increasing your blood pressure to hate something that doesn’t affect you?

Two men loving each other does not directly affect anyone but them– it doesn’t mean you’re not going to get a promotion, fall in love, live a longer life — but hating them for it, and with the vehemence we often seen in the news, social networks, and protests, will negatively affect you. Hate hurts, and not just the person you hate. The hater takes time away from their own loved ones to seethe and fume. Is it worth it? I, for one, certainly don’t think so.

In a small way, I feel sorry for the homophobes. They’re killing themselves with their hatred. And, you know what, for all the hate, there are millions more that are accepting, encouraging, and supporting the gay people in their lives. We are gaining ground, and the haters are sliding further down into the depths of their own dark world. Soon they’ll be trapped within themselves, and we will be free. As every fairytale and romance gets its Happily Ever After, so will Love. Love is Louder. Love will win.

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Thank you for reading and supporting the Hop Against Homophobia. Please click HERE to see the full list of participating blogs, and visit as many as you can. If you leave a comment on this post, I’ll draw one random winner to receive a copy of Hounded By Love. (Click HERE  for blurb and excerpt, or to buy your own copy).

Please check back next week to see if you won, because I’m not very good at chasing people down. You will need to email me and claim your prize if you win. Entries will remain open until I draw a winner sometime next week.

Ciao,
Pia Veleno


19 responses to “Hop Against Homophobia

  • KimberlyFDR

    I believe love can triumph over hate and that it always will!

    Thanks for participating in the blog hop.

    kimberlyFDR@yahoo.com

  • Rowan McBride

    Very true. Hate is exhausting, but love is energizing. It makes sense that love will eventually win. XD

  • laurie g

    so true. who need’s to be hating when we got other things to do like love!

    parisfan_ca@yahoo.com

  • Shadow Sterling

    Great post Pia

    I just wanted to say “Thank You” to everyone for letting me be included in your Hop Against Homophobia. I am afraid I am not a talented m/m fiction writer like yourself but I am an avid reader of it.

    Actually when you are a straight girl who writes gay porn for an adult studio it is hard to fit in anywhere so I really appreciated how warmly I was welcomed into your group.

    http://shadowsterling.blogspot.com/2012/04/studio-i-write-for.html

    But this is a cause I feel strongly about and I wanted to let you know I appreciate the opportunity to be included.

    Shadow Sterling

  • Sue

    yeah I get your point about sympathy for the haters, but I still wish they’d go away

  • musingsofatattooedbookworm

    Thank you for being part of this HOP and helping shine a light on this important issue.

    musings-of-a-bookworm@hotmail.co.uk

  • hbpattskyn

    I agree with you about feeling a little bit sorry for people who are *so* consumed with hate and fear. It must be a miserable life and I just don’t get it.

    Thanks for the great post :)
    ~Helen

  • Barb

    Yess! Spot on!
    Here’s to the new world – and thanks for using WordPress, makes coming back easier! ;-)

  • barbara elsborg

    Yes!! You’re echoing what I think. Hate is self-destructive. Love has to win. We just need everyone to see that.

  • Foretta

    Thank you so much for participating in the hop. I hope that this helps to spread the word and that one day a hop like this will no longer be needed. I have shown many of the post to my nieces and nephews. We recently have been discussing how damaging bullying is and how innocent remarks can make you be seen as being a bully. One of the things that makes me mad is when I hear…you’re so gay… pisses me off. These post have helped them already. I heard my nephew stand up to someone that called someone else a hurtful name… I was so proud. Thank you all for helping by sharing hurtful and/sad memories and your personal views/message.
    I pray one day for equality for EVERYONE not just some.
    forettarose@yahoo.com

  • yganoe

    Thanks for participating for this wonderful cause of awareness…I teach high schoolers and this is a topic that we discuss at length. I just want them to be aware and know that they have the power to change the world!
    Yvette
    yratpatrol@aol.com

  • Hope

    Thank you for the post and the giveaway! Kimberly said and just because hate seems to be more visible, doesn’t make it right or in the mojority

  • Erica Pike

    Thank you for taking part, Pia :)

    Erica
    eripike at gmail dot com

  • L.M. Brown

    Very good points about hate. When reading your post I was reminded about the old Xena show and the musical episode that dealt with hatred destroying the haters. Of course now I have that song in my head and am likely to for the rest of the day. LOL

    I am sure that love will win in the end, and hope it comes soon for my gay and lesbian friends who are fighting for the right to love who they wish.

    lmbrownauthor at gmail dot com

  • caitymack

    Love is beautiful, and everyone has the right to love who they wish. It’s hate in any form that I have no tolerance for.

    caity_mack at yahoo dot com

  • PaParanormalFan

    Thank You Pia for participating in the Hop Against Homophobia, I’m a BIG Fan of your Writing & it’s Great to see you a part of this very important cause.

    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???

    I would very much appreciate the opportunity to be considered in your very generous giveaway for a chance to receive a copy of your new release, “Hounded By Love”. I think this is the only Book I don’t own of yours already LOL & it LQQks FANTASTIC!!!!!….& I also LOVE your Cover Art!!!!! Thank You!

    Take care Pia & Wishing You Well,
    PaParanormalFan Renee
    paranormalromancefan at yahoo dot com

  • arella3173

    I cannot believe it! The fact that those words were even breathed makes my blood boil.
    Love is the most beautiful thing. I just can’t wrap my head around why anyone thinks they have the right to say what is wrong and what isn’t. It’s disgusting how they think they have authority over anything concerning a stranger or a group of people.
    Things will change soon. I truly believe when that change comes it’ll be for the better. The world has beaten down such bullies before. I’m certain we’ll be able to beat them down once again.

    Thank you for being a part of this blog hop.

    Judi
    arella3173_loveless(at)yahoo(dot)com

  • Peggy

    Thanks for the post on such a great cause.

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