So Erin & I are participating in the Hop Against Homophobia and Transphobia (click on the image at left!), in honor of the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia. Say that three times fast.
The blog hop is specifically for those who write, publish, review or are otherwise involved in the world of LGBTQ fiction. When it comes to the romance space, I think there’s a lot of discussion to be had (and that is being had) about the perception that LGBTQ romance is really m/m romance and that it’s really being written for straight women. The thing is, just like human sexuality, it’s almost always more complicated than that. So while those are important/awesome/difficult discussions, we’re not going to do that here today.
Instead we just want to remind people that hey these things still exist, and that they are global issues, that even from within the community are not always addressed as comprehensively as they should.
To that end, we’d like people reading this who support specific organizations that aim to advocate for or help LGBTQ people in any sort of need, to comment here, with the names of and links to those organizations.
On May 25, the day after the hop ends. Erin and I will dump all the commentors into a random number generator, and choose a winner.
We’ll then make two donations on behalf of the winner (or a person the winner names or anonymously, etc. as appropriate). One will be $25 to Lambda Legal. The other will be $25 to the LGBTQ organization of their choice.
So tell us about organizations you support and what they do — no matter how big, no matter how small, no matter where they are located. Hopefully that can help drum up support above and beyond the small donation this blog will make.
Meanwhile, be sure to click on the icon for this hop to visit the other over 100 blogs participating.
Great post–thanks for taking part in the hop! 🙂
My favorite national charity is The Trevor Project: http://www.thetrevorproject.org/
Their goals include crisis intervention and suicide prevention for LGBTQ+ youth across the country.
Great post. Thanks for taking part in this blog hop
What a great idea for this year’s hop!
It’s tough for me to pick just one organization as a possible beneficiary since of course there are so many that do amazing work and need support. But put me in that vice and I’ll go with the one that is nearest to my heart. Gay and Lesbian Youth Services of Western New York (GLYS-WNY) is a small but incredibly important social service agency in my hometown of Buffalo. They had just started operating out of a local YWCA when I was a hopelessly closeted gay teen. But the fact that they existed provided me with awareness and hope, and I would say eventually the courage to come out.
I moved out of the area when I was a young adult, but I’ve always been a supporter of the work they do. I still consider Buffalo my community in many ways. It raised me, and while it wasn’t a perfect place for an gay kid to grow up, I’m glad that GLYS is around to make it better for the future generations. Here’s their website: http://www.glyswny.org/
Thanks so much for your generous contest!
I really like the You Can Play Project, which works to eliminate homophobia in team sports. As a hockey fan, I’m especially gratified that so many NHL players have embraced the organization and its goals. At the same time, the struggles experienced by such players as Jason Collins and Michael Sam (and the countless others who choose not to come out) show that YCP will be a sad necessity for the foreseeable future.
Thank you for taking part in the hop!
Usually when I donate I tend to focus on the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and the Trevor Project.
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Thank you for taking part in the hop!
Usually when I donate I tend to focus between The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and Trevor Project
I am using Amazon to donate to Montrose Center in Houston. Thank you for the awesome post.
Thanks for your generosity. i’m not from the US so dont know which would be best – if I win I’ll have a ponder!!!!