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Hop Against Homophobia and Transphobia



I'm taking part in the Hop Against Homophobia 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 and transphobia and to stand together as writers etc of GLBTQ against discrimination. The International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia is May 17th.

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 the important thing?

One thing that makes me happy is when mainstream readers pick up my stories, enjoy them, and ask me when the next one is coming out. Working in a library as my day job, we don’t have as many GLBTQ books on the shelf as I would like, but it’s still an opportunity to reach readers who usually wouldn’t read the genre by recommending the ones that are on the catalogue. I feel strongly that part of raising awareness is to have stories with strong GLBTQ characters readily available in libraries, and shelved as part of the mainstream fiction part of the collection. Readers who already read M/M and wait impatiently for new books from their favourite authors are already aware that it is out there, and stand with us against discrimination. Those readers who don’t know – and it’s difficult to find it if you don’t know it’s out there – are the ones we need to be educating.

“This is a book I really enjoyed. The story is good, and has strong characters. Why don’t you give it a go? By the way, the characters are gay—or lesbian, or bisexual, or transsexual or questioning.”

That last sentence is part of a courageous conversation that isn’t always an easy one to have but it goes along with not wanting to feel as though I need to hide what I’m writing. As a reader of M/M I do not to feel as though I need to hide what I’m reading either.

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 in this post and your email so I can contact you.

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Lee Todd
May. 17th, 2014 07:29 am (UTC)
blog hop
please count me in

leetee2007@hotmail.com
anne_barwell
May. 27th, 2014 09:18 pm (UTC)
Re: blog hop
Thanks for commenting :)
(Anonymous)
May. 17th, 2014 07:17 pm (UTC)
Love the post! Thanks for the chance :)

crystal_2_18(at)hotmail(dot)com
anne_barwell
May. 27th, 2014 09:18 pm (UTC)
Thanks, and for commenting :)
sel_barton
May. 17th, 2014 09:28 pm (UTC)
selbarton @ gmail. com

It's sad that we have to hide what we write/read just for the genders involved in the relationships.
anne_barwell
May. 27th, 2014 09:19 pm (UTC)
Yes it is. My hope is that thing like this hop will help change that.

Thanks for commenting :)
(Anonymous)
May. 17th, 2014 11:35 pm (UTC)
Great post & giveaway.
rockybatt@gmail.com
anne_barwell
May. 27th, 2014 09:19 pm (UTC)
Thanks, and for commenting :)
(Anonymous)
May. 18th, 2014 12:36 am (UTC)
I'm always happy to see m/m in libraries!

vitajex(at)Aol(dot)com
anne_barwell
May. 27th, 2014 09:20 pm (UTC)
So am I. I'd love to see more of it.

You're my winner for this hop. I'll be sending an email your way shortly. Thanks for commenting :)
Lena Grey
May. 18th, 2014 09:58 pm (UTC)
thanks for participating andn offering prizes. count me in! lena.grey.iam@gmail.com
anne_barwell
May. 27th, 2014 09:24 pm (UTC)
Thanks for commenting :)
(Anonymous)
May. 19th, 2014 05:58 am (UTC)
Nice blog post on writers who write LGBT romance.

ladyunwritten[AT]gmail[DOT]com
anne_barwell
May. 27th, 2014 09:24 pm (UTC)
Thanks, and for commenting :)
vikli88
May. 20th, 2014 04:00 am (UTC)
Wonderful post. When I was younger I wished there were more glbt books in the library too. In high school the anime club use to have a small yaoi manga library where they would share their books.

humhumbum AT yahoo DOT com
anne_barwell
May. 27th, 2014 09:25 pm (UTC)
I love yaoi manga and own a few of them. Thanks for commenting :)
whitestar
May. 20th, 2014 06:02 am (UTC)
Thanks for participating in this great hop :)

penumbrareads(at)gmail(dot)com
anne_barwell
May. 27th, 2014 09:26 pm (UTC)
Thanks for commenting :)
(Anonymous)
May. 20th, 2014 04:24 pm (UTC)
Thanks for being a part of the hop!
raynman1979(at)yahoo(dot)com
anne_barwell
May. 27th, 2014 09:26 pm (UTC)
Thanks for commenting :)
(Anonymous)
May. 21st, 2014 09:05 pm (UTC)
Hope I'm filling out this comment form correctly.

I also hope that we can find ways to connect with audiences, no matter what we write. And I, personally, would LOVE to talk with M/M readers without hearing disparagement of F/F. Authors tend to be pretty good about it, but for some reason there's a lot of judgment from readers. I wonder why?

Anastasia Vitsky
anne_barwell
May. 27th, 2014 09:28 pm (UTC)
You've filled the form out perfectly.

With readers I think it's ignorance and because they have preconceptions. Often it only takes one book to broaden those horizons. As a reader I have preferences as to what I like to read but I do read both.

Thanks for commenting :)
(Anonymous)
May. 21st, 2014 11:09 pm (UTC)
Yes, we need to get gay fiction more mainstream. It's frustrating. For one thing, I think using "gay fiction" as a keyword (or lesbian fiction, etc) instead of as a category would help and then picking categories that tell what the story is about. "gay fiction" tells me nothing about if it's a mystery, thriller, etc. (Gay romance does have it's own category, which is nice for those stories.) Then also use the description to let people know the mc is gay, lesbian, etc in a natural way. caddyauthor(at)gmail(dot)com
anne_barwell
May. 27th, 2014 09:31 pm (UTC)
Yes, exactly. And I don't think we're going to get more readers until it is. Genres are helpful but there's also so much out there that crosses genre, but yes a starting point is good.

Thanks for commenting :)
(Anonymous)
May. 21st, 2014 11:31 pm (UTC)
Great post
I enjoyed this post. I'm so glad to see more GLBT books in my library. I think ebooks have made them so much more accessible. My first book? I discovered Magic's Pawn by Mercedes Lackey, it was such a revelation.

MHupp20032003(at)yahoo(dot)com
anne_barwell
May. 27th, 2014 09:32 pm (UTC)
Re: Great post
That's one on my to read list - it's a very long list. Most of the GLBT books in my library I stumbled across by accident as there's nothing on the catalogue to say that's what they are.

Thanks, and for commenting.
Shirley Ann Speakman
May. 22nd, 2014 05:50 pm (UTC)
Blog Hop
Thank you for your post it must great to see more and more GBLT books in your Library. I'm sure in the future there will be even more readers.

ShirleyAnn(at)speakman40(dot)freeserve(dot)co(dot)uk
anne_barwell
May. 27th, 2014 09:36 pm (UTC)
Re: Blog Hop
I wish we had more. I still have to buy most of what I want to read, and I can only do so much of that.

Libraries are definitely the way to reach more readers - especially those who want to try something new.

Thanks for commenting :)
Roger Grace
May. 22nd, 2014 11:34 pm (UTC)
Blog Hop
Thanks for being part of the blog hop

rojoroaors@yahoo.com
anne_barwell
May. 27th, 2014 09:37 pm (UTC)
Re: Blog Hop
Thanks for commenting :)
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