Welcome again to the HAHABT!
First off, I’d like to say a huge thank you to the coordinators and all the authors and bloggers participating in this years Hop! Tempe has been kind enough to allow me a day on her blog to join in the Hop, so thanks.
Youth suffer in silence so often; either due to fear, confusion, or abuse. So many of the youth that are homeless across this and many other countries are LGBTQ, because it was too horrible to stay in the abusive home, or because that home… the parents that should love unconditionally, threw them out for not being what they wanted them to be.
Even in non-bashing homes, there is often a lack of understanding and support for teens as they struggle with who they truly are, what they want in life, and how to navigate a world where they are constantly told they are perverts, sick, hated, evil, and such much more vitriol that it breaks their hearts and spirits.
This is the reason that I, along with Tempe and 13 other authors, put together a donation anthology where all the proceeds go to supporting the LGBTQ Community Center in Milwaukee, WI. They have a great Youth program where they do things like peer support, helping to find housing, support and resources to become the amazing people they want to be, but don’t always have the backing to become.
I truly wish that there was no need for such programs! That there was no need to rescue the throwaways, to support the homeless and abused, to help guide the lost and desperate. I wish our world didn’t allow such hate and abuse, that our societies didn’t support it in so many cases and ways. That the heart of a person was what mattered to all, not just that they “fit in” or what “parts” (i.e. gender bits) one has or what the gender is of the one they love is or…. Love is love. The only things that should matter is that love is love. Not body shapes, not the gender of your lover, not if you are what others deem as “normal”. (Personally, I don’t see what’s so freakin’ great about being “normal”. It’s those that are true to themselves that change the world for the better, after all.)
There are a lot of great posts that are part of this hop, and I hope you visit every one of them! Share the message that hate is not OK, no matter who it’s directed at, and that being gay, lesbian, bi, trans, fluid, asexual, androgynous, ……. is all the right thing/s to be, if that’s who you truly are. One day society will look back on this time and attitudes and be ashamed. That is my true belief, I just wish that time would hurry and get here.
Youth are such a vulnerable group and those that hate destroy them faster than groups like the community center above—or the hundreds across the country—can find them and help.
PRIZE TIME! Towards that end, I’d like to donate $25 in your name to the charity of your choice. Simply comment with your name and contact information for the chance to be my winner, chosen by Random.org
DON’T FORGET… To enter Tempeste’s giveaway, you must comment on her main post HERE!
Hope & Love Anthology (purchase here)
Genre: GLBTQ Multi-genre Romance (non-explicit)
It starts with hope. That’s what LGBTQ Centers all over the world give us, the hope, the community, the care and education we need in a world that is often hate filled, scared of the unknown, and downright scary. When first introduced to community many of us rejoice as it’s often the first time we’re able to be out and be our true selves without fear or shame.
This anthology is for the benefit of one such center, one that touches many many lives, and like others, needs help and nourishment as well. Centers like the MKE LGBT Community Center depend on the love and support of others so that they may help and support us.
Within this collection of stories, you will find hope, family, love, and community. Take a chance on a new author or one of your beloved… read, enjoy, and know that you are helping children, adults, teens, and elderly alike in our greater LGBTQ community!
One hundred percent of the income from this volume goes directly to The MKE LGBT Community Center in Milwaukee, WI USA.
A Change of Heart by Adan DePiaz, All The Wrong Numbers by Kameron Mitchell, Blue Eyes by Hope Ryan, Breath of Life by M. LeAnne Phoenix, Camp Kennevan by Donovan Alekzander Crane, Dinner for the Dead by Áine P Massie, Five Down, Three To Go by Victoria Kinnaird, Forte’ by Marcus Maichle, Joey’s Choice by Piper Kay, Letter from Sarah by Aaron Silver, Micah’s Medicine by Tempeste O’Riley, My Book Boyfriend by Elaine White, Sanctuary by Jocelyn Sanchez, Something to Hold on to by Milla V., The Queen Dethroned by B. David Spicer
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