Friday, May 17, 2013
Hop Against Homophobia and Transphobia
Today is International Day Against Hopbobia and Transphobia, a topic near and dear to my heart.
I've written before that I never set out to be a political writer. But I do think it is difficult to be an LGBT writer today without an undercurrent of social or political justice, if not only in the subtext.
In all of the stories I've worked on so far, there is an element of normalcy that I like to evoke with my characters, their settings, and their worlds. It's my goal to illustrate that LGBT people hope, dream, and long for the same things that the rest of the world does. It's just harder sometimes for us to achieve our goals because of the attitudes and laws that prevent us from doing so.
My hope is that someone opposed to LGBT right who reads my novel will understand that we really don't want anything different than them. It just that we have to ask for the rights that most people grow up with expecting.
I'm not the only one speaking out about this topic today. Click this link for other LGBT authors blogging about this topic today:
Leave me a comment,including your email address, and I'll enter you into a drawing for a complimentary copy of my first novel, A Place To Call Their Own. (if you're not comfortable leaving your emial address on this public forum, email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.) My novel won't be out until July 5th, so I won't be able to send the book until then, but I will announce the winner by May 28.