I’ve taken part in the Hop Against Homophobia and Transphobia a few times in the past, and it’s amazing to see how much the environment has changed in just a few short years.
Officially, May 17 is the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, and you can find more information on http://dayagainsthomophobia.org/. Awareness needs to continue year-round.
A few years ago, I wrote that my main inspiration for equal rights comes from watching my older cousin past away when I was a teen. His partner was banned from the hospital room, and at that time there were no rights for partners.
Recently, an event with my own daughter made me so aware at the differences in culture in this next generation. She has a male porcelain doll from Japan, and was thinking about getting a second one. They’re customized where the buyer picks out the hair, eyes, clothes, accessories separately. My father kept asking her if she wanted a female doll to make a pair. She insisted no.
Finally, I told her: “If you want another male doll that’s fine … just tell him.” She was so relieved, and we soon placed the order.
She’s not quite 12, and she wants a same-sex couple for her dolls. There isn’t a difference to her.
Granted, she’s grown up in an atmosphere that’s open. We have friends who are in same-sex relationships, and she reads male/male anime. But, that openness shows the hope for the future.
Thank you for stopping by my stop. I’m giving away an electronic copy of one of my backlist books, and a $5 gift card to Amazon, B&N or ARe.
Tell me: What positive signs are you seeing in the fight against Homophobia and Transphobia? Please leave a comment and email address. A winner will be pulled at random on May 28, after the hop ends (on May 27).