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Hop For Visibiity, Awareness and Equality

Today is the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia and I’m very proud to be a part of this Hop for Visibility, Awareness and Equality. The official blog hop site is http://hopforvisibilityawarenessandequality.blogspot.com/ . Be sure to check out the other blogs.


As I’m currently writing two m/m stories – one set in present day, and one in the 1940s, it really brings home to me the difference between what is deemed acceptable behaviour in public seventy years ago and now.

Until very recently anyone in a homosexual relationship had to hide whom they loved. Not only that but, if that relationship were discovered, the penalties were harsh. They couldn’t be open about how they felt about someone, and men often lived together as confirmed bachelors, while living in fear that the reality of their relationship would be discovered. They couldn’t even hold hands in public or exchange endearments.

In contrast today, in many countries men and women can be open about their relationships and it is recognised by the state and they are able to legally marry.

Unfortunately while things have changed for the better for many, for others the situation has not changed, or have gone backwards. There remain places where homosexuality is illegal and getting caught can result in prison or worse, and the fact we need a blog hop for visibility, awareness and equality means there still a good way to go.

I’m offering a choice of prize for someone who comments on this post. Either an ebook copy of my WWI story On Wings of Song or my SF time travel storySlow Dreaming which is set in contemporary New Zealand.


( 18 comments — Leave a comment )
Bronwyn Heeley
May. 17th, 2016 10:45 am (UTC)
One of the things I love doing is reading or watch the history or sex therapy and the ideas of what they thought and how they punished people for things we take for granted is fascinating and makes me glad I grew up in the era I did
May. 28th, 2016 12:47 am (UTC)
People talk about the 'good ole days' but there was a lot about them that wasn't good at all. Thanks for commenting.
May. 18th, 2016 08:32 pm (UTC)
Thank you for the interesting post and for helping to spread awareness! In terms of geography I think a lot of people don't usually think about how it was and how it is now in the same terms. I'm aware there are some antiquate practices in certain countries that you wouldn't think still existed to punish those who participate in same sex relationships.

humhumbum AT yahoo DOT com
May. 28th, 2016 12:48 am (UTC)
Some countries are scarily backwards in their attitudes towards same sex relationships. Thanks for commenting.
Jen F
May. 18th, 2016 08:42 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the post and participating in the blog. It is good to remember the progress we have made, but it does seem like some people just need to discriminate against someone...whoever is most vulnerable at the time.
May. 28th, 2016 12:49 am (UTC)
I think it's part of human nature sadly and a fear of whoever is 'other' or 'different' from them. Thanks for commenting.
AM Leibowitz
May. 20th, 2016 11:57 am (UTC)
Even comparing when I grew up to how things are for my kids is very different. My older one is in middle school. At his age, I knew exactly three people who were out. Two of them were our neighbors, and they were of the "confirmed bachelor" type even though this was the 1980s. In contrast, my kids have always known many out adults, and my older child has many friends who are already out at school. I'm glad they are growing up in this era, but I hope it will be even better for their children.
May. 28th, 2016 12:50 am (UTC)
It's great to see the improvements and I hope they continue and get even better. Thanks for commenting.
May. 20th, 2016 04:45 pm (UTC)
Hop for Visibility, Awareness, and Equality
Anne, thank you for taking part in the hop.
Cherie Noel, Hop Admin
May. 28th, 2016 12:52 am (UTC)
Re: Hop for Visibility, Awareness, and Equality
Always very happy to be a part of this hop. Thanks for commenting.
Lee Todd
May. 21st, 2016 05:09 am (UTC)
I'm very happy things are improving for the LGBT community...but there is still vast room for improvement.

May. 28th, 2016 12:51 am (UTC)
Re: hop
That's how I feel too. Thanks for commenting.
May. 21st, 2016 07:50 pm (UTC)
Thank you for the post. I live in a country where marriage equality is a reality since 2005. But it really makes me sad when I see people being prosecuted, jailed and even killed just for loving "differently". Many things have changed, but there is still a long way to go
May. 28th, 2016 12:53 am (UTC)
I agree. It's good to see positive change but there's some way to go. You're my winner for this blog hop. I'll email you shortly about your prize. Thanks for commenting.
May. 22nd, 2016 08:04 am (UTC)
Blog hop
I know what you mean by this. One of my favorite shows is Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries, and several of the episodes contain storylines with LGBT characters. The show is set in Australia in the 1920s, so it's very interesting to see the struggles of characters with same sex lovers. One of my favorite recurring characters turns out to be LGBT (won't spoil it beyond that), and her lover is murdered in one of the episodes. Seeing how losing her love ripped her apart, yet she wasn't able to mourn her lover publicly made me bawl and be grateful that I live in a time where things are changing.

May. 28th, 2016 01:00 am (UTC)
Re: Blog hop
That show is on my to watch list. I love watching shows set in the early 20th Century. Murdoch Mysteries did a storyline along those lines as well. So sad not to be able to mourn someone you love. Thanks for commenting.

Edited at 2016-05-28 01:01 am (UTC)
May. 23rd, 2016 10:59 am (UTC)
"Some things never change, some things do" (Matrix Reloaded)
If I happen to win, I'd prefer Slow Dreaming! ;)

creativebarbwire at gmail dot com
May. 28th, 2016 01:01 am (UTC)
That quote is so true sadly. Thanks for commenting.
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