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I'm taking part in the Hop Against Homophobia, Bi- and Transphobia which runs from 17-24 May. Please click on the HAHT image to go to the site or alternatively click here. The Hop has been created to raise awareness of homophobia, bi- and transphobia and to stand together as writers etc of GLBTQ against discrimination. The International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia is May 17th.

Last year most of what I wrote was historical, or connected to it. In writing these stories, and reading about the times in which they were set, it really brought home what homosexual men went through in the past. There was no option to come out of the closet. If a man was caught in a relationship with another man the penalty was harsh and resulted in prison, death, or the option of chemical castration. Many of these men had fought for their countries during wartime, showed great bravery, and were awarded medals. They were still given those so-called options.

It’s disgusting.

Today, in many countries, homosexuality is no longer illegal, but has society as a whole really moved forward? Law changes, while much needed and welcome, do not change how people react to something they don’t understand. I read GLBTQ related articles in the online version of newspapers and am appalled by some of the comments made in response to them. Unfortunately when societal ideologies have been in place for hundreds of years, it takes time, and education to change people’s opinions, especially when they are passed down through generations—hate crimes and bullying shows there is still a long way to go.

This is why I think it’s important to have a range of GLBTQ literature, both fiction and non-fiction, out there. The only way people are going to change entrenched uninformed opinions is through education, and that means having stories in print and other media available to mainstream audiences. They are the ones who need to discover that being GLBTQ is okay, not those of us who are writing and reading it. We already know.

To celebrate what we’re writing and reading, and as part of the hop, if you'd like to be in to win an ebook copy from my backlist, leave a comment on this post and your email address so I can contact you.

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annabutlerfic
May. 17th, 2015 10:50 am (UTC)
Great post, Anne. I think, actually, we've come a long way since a man could be hanged for sodomy, or imprisoned as Wilde was, but oh, there is still so far to go! Attitudes are changing, but change comes too slowly on some things.

anne_barwell
May. 26th, 2015 10:26 pm (UTC)
Thanks for commenting, Anna. I agree that we've come a long way, at least legally, but it's going to take much longer to change attitudes out there.
(Anonymous)
May. 17th, 2015 12:16 pm (UTC)
Great Post
I enjoyed reading your post. I cannot believe what happened in the past. Nor do I understand it. We have come so far and yet in many we have not.
debby236 at gmail dot com
anne_barwell
May. 26th, 2015 10:27 pm (UTC)
Re: Great Post
Thanks for commenting, Debby. Sadly there's a long history of people being scared of anyone who is different, or they don't understand.
laurie goudge
May. 17th, 2015 08:01 pm (UTC)
thanks for the great post. i do agree with what you said in todays post
anne_barwell
May. 26th, 2015 10:27 pm (UTC)
Thanks for commenting, Laurie.
(Anonymous)
May. 17th, 2015 09:20 pm (UTC)
Great post for a cause that will hopefully not be needed soon.

annmarief115 at gmail dot com
anne_barwell
May. 26th, 2015 10:28 pm (UTC)
Thanks for commenting, and yes I hope the day will come soon where we won't need these hops.
kimberlyfdr
May. 17th, 2015 09:42 pm (UTC)
Thank you for your post and participating in this blog hop.

kimberlyFDR@yahoo.com
anne_barwell
May. 26th, 2015 10:28 pm (UTC)
Thanks for commenting. Love your icon.
reedee6
May. 18th, 2015 01:38 am (UTC)
What a great post Anne! I had found out this year that Alan Turing who played an major role in cracking intercepted coded messages enabled the Allies to defeat the Nazis and shortening the war in Europe by two to four years was given the choice of prison or chemical castration. He died at the age of 41 either by suicide or accidental poisoning.

It is such a sad story that the man that helped saved thousands of lives met such an end. What other great things could he have accomplished in his lifetime without such laws.

I'm sure there were many other people who faced the same consequences. My heart bleeds for them all.
reedee6
May. 18th, 2015 01:42 am (UTC)
What a great post Anne! I had found out this year that Alan Turing who played an major role in cracking intercepted coded messages enabled the Allies to defeat the Nazis and shortening the war in Europe by two to four years was given the choice of prison or chemical castration in 1952. He chose the chemical castration but died at the age of 41 either by suicide or accidental poisoning.

It is such a sad story that the man that helped saved thousands of lives met such an end. What other great things could he have accomplished in his lifetime without such laws.

I'm sure there were many other people who faced the same consequences. My heart bleeds for them all.
anne_barwell
May. 26th, 2015 10:30 pm (UTC)
Thanks for commenting. Alan Turing's story is unfortunately all too common. If you haven't yet seen 'The Imitation Game' I'd highly recommend it.
(Anonymous)
May. 18th, 2015 02:49 am (UTC)
Great post Anne. I recently watched The Imitation Game and after doing so went and looked up Alan Turing and actually googled the punishment for homosexuality in those time. What I found wasn't pleasant and sickened me. From that time period to now I think there have been some major changes but even with law changes and education we can't control peoples fears and religious belief. We can only hope that by educating them they'll tale that info and think about their actions.

humhumbum AT yahoo DOT com
anne_barwell
May. 26th, 2015 10:31 pm (UTC)
Thanks for commenting. I knew about Alan Turing before I saw the movie, and had read other books about similar stories - talk about double standards. Fear and religious beliefs have a lot to answer for.
(Anonymous)
May. 18th, 2015 02:54 am (UTC)
wow....truly barbaric practices in play back then :\

leetee2007(at)hotmail(dot)com
anne_barwell
May. 26th, 2015 10:32 pm (UTC)
Thanks for commenting, and yes, horrific examples of man's inhumanity to man. Sadly there are still people out there who think the same way.
(Anonymous)
May. 18th, 2015 02:09 pm (UTC)
HAHABT
It is so terrible that people were put in prison years a go for being a Homosexual and it still happens in some countries in the world today.

I found this information about Alan Turning "A Statement of apology by the Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, 10 September 2009: quite brilliant mathematician... whose unique contribution helped to turn the tide of war... horrifying that he was treated so inhumanely".

ShirleyAnn(at)speakman40(dot)freeserve(dot)co(dot)uk
anne_barwell
May. 26th, 2015 10:34 pm (UTC)
Re: HAHABT
Thanks for commenting, and yes it is terrible. Alan Turing shouldn't have needed a 'pardon' and sadly he was just one of many who were treated that way after everything they'd done for their country.
ramlr
May. 18th, 2015 05:56 pm (UTC)
Thank you for this post and to help raise awareness and spread the word. It is sad really that even in this day it is still necessary. Let's hope that in the near future we don't need these blog tours anymore.

ahpg(at)ziggo(dot)nl
anne_barwell
May. 26th, 2015 10:34 pm (UTC)
Thanks for commenting, and yes I'd like to think that one day we wouldn't need these blog hops too. Sadly I think we've still got a way to go.
(Anonymous)
May. 18th, 2015 06:36 pm (UTC)
Thanks for sharing and being a part of the hop!
Cheers
~Rissa~
raynman1979 (at) yahoo (dot) com
anne_barwell
May. 26th, 2015 10:35 pm (UTC)
Thanks for commenting :)
(Anonymous)
May. 18th, 2015 11:21 pm (UTC)
We have come a long way but still have to go further
Unfortunately while there has been progress we still have more that needs to be accomplished and I agree with you the more exposure to this a person has the more there is a chance for a uprise in progress on this issue. rojoroaors@yahoo.com
anne_barwell
May. 26th, 2015 10:36 pm (UTC)
Re: We have come a long way but still have to go further
Thanks for commenting. Ignorance and fear have a lot to answer for.
(Anonymous)
May. 19th, 2015 04:10 am (UTC)
Thanks so much for participating!

Trix, vitajex(at)Aol(Dot)com
anne_barwell
May. 26th, 2015 10:36 pm (UTC)
Thanks for commenting :)
(Anonymous)
May. 23rd, 2015 06:39 am (UTC)
Hop against Homophobic Bi and Transphobia
I am glad that you are in this hop. I hope that people will open the hearts and minds to learn that no matter what LOVE is LOVE, weather it is M/M, W/W, M/W, T/W/M/T even if it was a dog to a cat we all deserve to have love in our lives.
anne_barwell
May. 26th, 2015 10:36 pm (UTC)
Re: Hop against Homophobic Bi and Transphobia
Thanks for commenting.
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