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.
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.
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.