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Hop Against Homophobia




I'm taking part in The Hop Against Homophobia which runs from 17th -20th of this month. This Hop is to raise awareness about the existence of homophobia and to stand together as a community of M/M writers etc.

As a writer of M/M I do not want to feel as though I need to hide what I'm writing. Why should I? People love who they love and isn't that what should be the important thing rather than what gender they are? Sadly homophobia is still alive and well however much we'd like to pretend it isn't.

I had that hit home rather clearly a few months ago. I volunteer as a musician at my local church, and I was talking to a friend after the service about my latest book as she'd just finished reading it from the library. The priest comes up to us, and overhears part of the conversation. He was all over the fact that I'm a published author and began talking about how these things should be celebrated and he'd write something for the parish newsletter.

Then he discovered that I write m/m romance, and suddenly everything changed. Oh no, he couldn't possibly do that, as the older parishioners might get upset.

Needless to say, I wasn't impressed, but sadly I also wasn't surprised.

It's one of the reasons I think it's important to have m/m fiction out there and visable and be seen to be writing and reading it. If you'd like to be in to win a copy of an ebook from my backlist ie Cat's Quill or Shadowboxing, leave a comment in this post and your email so I can contact you.

Thank you for reading, and being a part of this.

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e_noble
May. 17th, 2012 09:44 pm (UTC)
That's sad. I bet some of those older parishioners might not be as upset as he thinks. Some might even want to read your books too.
charliecochrane
May. 18th, 2012 10:24 am (UTC)
That's a very good point.
anne_barwell
May. 22nd, 2012 06:28 am (UTC)
He's making other people's decisions for them without giving them any input. My opinion of him dropped several knotches over this.
anne_barwell
May. 22nd, 2012 06:26 am (UTC)
I really hate it when people decide for others without giving them a choice.

My parents read my books and enjoy them, and my mother keeps wanting to know when she'll get to read the sequels as she wants to know what happens next.
Foretta Byles
May. 18th, 2012 07:18 am (UTC)
Thanks for participating in the hop. This is a great cause that I pray one day will not be needed.

forettarose@yahoo.com
anne_barwell
May. 22nd, 2012 06:27 am (UTC)
Thanks for commenting. I really hope it's a cause that won't be needed one day too.
sjmarv
May. 18th, 2012 12:17 pm (UTC)
Blog Hop
Here in my home state (Minnesota) we recently had 2 more teen suicides, one known to be gay-bashing related, the other suspected.

Thanks for supporting this so important issue, Anne. Good luck with the blog-hop.

sjmarv11@gmail.com
anne_barwell
May. 22nd, 2012 06:29 am (UTC)
Re: Blog Hop
Thanks for commenting. I hope one day we won't need a hop for something like this but I suspect it's still got a long way to go sadly.
Kerry Sullivan
May. 18th, 2012 02:24 pm (UTC)
Thank you for being part of this HOP and helping shine a light on this important issue.

musings-of-a-bookworm@hotmail.co.uk
anne_barwell
May. 22nd, 2012 06:33 am (UTC)
Thank you for commenting and for taking the time to read :)
sel_barton
May. 19th, 2012 04:25 am (UTC)
I don't even want to think what would happen if my employers really knew what all I write. It wouldn't be pretty. I think it's a sad fact that we have to feel it necessary to hide such things to begin with.

selbarton@gmail.com
anne_barwell
May. 22nd, 2012 06:34 am (UTC)
I'm lucking in that I work in a library and they're very supportive. If I was still teaching it would be a very different story which is sad - not the example we should be showing our kids.

Thanks for commenting.
Sarah B
May. 19th, 2012 11:53 am (UTC)
Sadly another example of religon hurting not helping. Your writing should be celebrated its not easy to write a book, I know I could never get the knack for it.

burchills AT gmail DOT com
anne_barwell
May. 22nd, 2012 06:35 am (UTC)
Yes it is and it does make me sad. Thanks for commenting :)
fullmoon_dreams
May. 19th, 2012 01:37 pm (UTC)
It is sad but not surprising to see another example of someone with the power to make a difference decline to do so. With the priest's endorsement he might have managed to change some minds, instead he chose not to.

lmbrownauthor at gmail dot com
anne_barwell
May. 22nd, 2012 09:09 pm (UTC)
It is sad that he just presumes it's the case. And even if it was, as you say he has the power to make a difference and chooses not to.

Thanks for commenting :)
elin_gregory
May. 19th, 2012 06:49 pm (UTC)

:( That's not surprising but still very annoying and short sighted of him.
anne_barwell
May. 22nd, 2012 09:09 pm (UTC)
I wasn't impressed.

Thanks for commenting :)
Yvette Ganoe
May. 19th, 2012 07:12 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the post.
Yvette
yratpatrol@aol.com
anne_barwell
May. 22nd, 2012 06:22 am (UTC)
Thanks for commenting. You've won. I'll be emailing you shortly :)
ericapike
May. 19th, 2012 10:57 pm (UTC)
The reason why I'm not telling everybody outside my family what I write, is the adult factor. I want to publish children's stories, MG and YA in the future. But hell...I'm starting to wonder if it really matters that I write adult content as well. I don't think it'll matter to the Icelanders anyway. Thanks for a thought-provoking post Anne!

Erica
eripike at gmail dot com
anne_barwell
May. 22nd, 2012 09:12 pm (UTC)
Quite a few authors publish in different genres and write both adult and YA. It's sad that we often feel we have to take that into consideration re telling people because of the genre we write and the reaction we'll get where others don't. I hope that does change and soon.

Thanks for commenting :)
Ashley Van Buren
May. 20th, 2012 09:49 pm (UTC)
It's a sad thing to hear that your writing can't be celebrated just because of the subject matter. But as you say, not really surprising....

ashley.vanburen[at]gmail[dot]com
anne_barwell
May. 22nd, 2012 09:13 pm (UTC)
I really wish I wasn't surprised by his reaction but I've seen enough bigotry within the church to know better :(

Thanks for commenting :)

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