Thank you for visiting my page today. May 17 is an International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia. A perfect day to kick off the hop.
I used to think tolerance was needed to change people’s attitudes towards the LGBTQ community. After all, the LGBTQ community has more visibility then ever. In television, movies, even computer games. Same-sex marriage is now federally mandated. Even with the strides the community has made over the years, there is still a ways to go before gay people (and I use this term in the broadest sense) are accepted into mainstream society. Tolerated, yes, but the fight for acceptance is still ongoing.
The definition of tolerance according to the dictionary is the ability or willingness to tolerate something, in particular the existence of opinions or behavior that one does not necessarily agree with. Okay. Sounds about right. For example: Someone might say: I tolerate my neighbor even though he’s gay. I might not like the fact he sleeps with men, but I won’t beat him up. Or bully him. But he shouldn’t have the same rights as me. I’m normal. Not him.
To me, that’s tolerance.
This should be good enough. Right?
What the world needs is more acceptance. The action of accepting someone as having equal rights even if they don’t follow their chosen path in life. To disenfranchise a segment of the population because they choose to love the same sex or believe they were born with the wrong gender, or any number of reasons, is horribly wrong.
I love living in a diverse world. How boring if we all were the same.
Love is love. Who you want to love is your business, not mine.
John Lennon said it best: Yeah we all shine on, like the moon, and the stars, and the sun. (He left no one out).
So do you think tolerance is an okay word to use when talking about equality, or do you prefer acceptance or some other term? Leave a comment for a chance to win one of my ebooks of your choice. You can see all my books listed here!
Be sure to visit the other participants for some great posts and prizes!
HOP FOR VISIBILITY, AWARENESS AND EQUALITY
MAY 17 – MAY 24
I am participating this year in the Hop for Visibility, Awareness and Equality formerly known as Hop against Homophobia, Biphobia, and Transphobia. The Hop begins on Tuesday May 17 through Sunday May 24. Each participate will be giving away donations in the winner’s name, paperbacks or ebooks, and swags that are connected to the LGBTQ community. So mark your calendar!
I haven’t been too active online for a few weeks. I ushered in the New Year sick with colds and flu which slowed me down. My writing partner also had her share of medical issues! My husband also retired so we are learning to live together 24/7 now – and while I’m really enjoying having my hubby full time it’s been an adjustment when it comes to my writing!
Then my mom passed away and so I’ve been in California with my sisters taking care of mom’s affairs. She was 93 and now she’s at peace and I hope cavorting with her family and friends! My mom was a good person. Kind. Generous. And I always felt loved. She will be missed. This picture is when she was in her early forties – and how I want to remember her now.
So I wanted to at least post and let you know I’m still here, still writing, and hope to have some books out this year. Cheers. Viki
NEW RELEASE: Lover’s Trill: A Magical Christmas is now available from Loose Id and ON SALE, too! A sexy short featuring Leo and Andre.
One year after reuniting with Andre, Leo is ready to take the next step in their relationship. Leo is tired of catching only fleeting moments with his lover. Between their exhausting concert tours, they hardly share more than a few days together.
It’s Christmas, and Leo has a week with Andre without distractions. Excited to be with his lover, he arrives at Andre’s lakeshore home earlier than scheduled only to find camera crews, catering vans, and worse, Andre’s ex-lover in Andre’s bedroom. Leo’s hopes are dashed at spending a quiet, magical time with Andre. He’s not even sure if he wants to be in a relationship, let alone put Leo before his career.
On sale at Loose Id through Wednesday: http://www.loose-id.com/lover-s-trill-a-magical-christmas.html