I’m thrilled to be participating in the wonderful Hop Against Homophobia taking place between now and May 20th. We’ve got 220 authors participating, and each one of them is donating a prize. That’s an awful lot of chances to win!
May 17 is the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia. Some days, I like to fool myself into thinking that as a species we’re advanced enough now to put prejudice behind us. (Yeah, I can hear you snickering over there, from half-way across the world.) It’s not that I’m naive. I’m just a dreamer. I think that, as a species, we have the potential to put prejudice behind us. But does that mean that we’re doing it? Clearly not. Or at least, not all of us.
You must be the change you want to see in the world.
- Mahatma Gandhi
Indian political and spiritual leader (1869 – 1948)
I’ve come across the quote above a lot lately, and I’m willing to bet that you have, too. Every time I see it, I pause for a moment and think about what it really means. Every one of us can change the world. Seriously. Maybe not all at once, but slowly, by doing what comes naturally to so many of us: treat others the way we’d want to be treated, think before speaking, reach out to a stranger with compassion and kindness. Think about it — if everyone you knew did those same things, how far would we come toward fighting prejudice? And if you lead by example, and do just one of those things each day, how much of an impact do you think you’ll have on the world around you?
A heck of a big one, I’m willing to bet.
If you spoke up against injustice every time you saw it happen, how many people do you think you’d inspire to do the same? Stepping up and saying something, especially to someone in a position of authority, isn’t always easy. But that’s the first step toward challenging the behaviors and attitudes that lead to homophobic discrimination. Unfortunately, it’s happening all around us, even now. In schools, at work, even at parties. So go out there and “be the change”. Use the empathy and compassion you have inside you to speak up when you see an act of injustice, and do your part to fight homophobia. I’m going to do the same.
So tell me, how are you living up to Gandhi’s quote? When was the last time you spoke up against injustice, especially when it would have been easier to keep your mouth shut?
Leave a comment on this post and you’ll be entered to win an electronic copy of PARADISE FOUND, my debut M/M/M BDSM romance from Carina Press. Be sure to leave your email address as well, so I can contact you on May 21st when I draw the winner’s name. Winners will be chosen at random.
Enjoy the hop!