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Welcome to Hop Against Homophobia

We're both happy to be part of this year's Hop Against Homophobia.

If you're a regular reader of our blog, welcome back.

If you landed here as one stop on your hop, Welcome!

As part of the Blog Hop Against Homophobia, we're participating with other bloggers in offering a giveaway to one person who leaves a comment on this post. At the end of the post you can find details about how to enter a drawing for a $25.00 gift card to the publishing venue of your choice (Amazon, B&N, All Romance e-Books, or one of your choosing.)

To visit the other blogs participating in this Hop, chick here. We're #135 out of hundreds who are participating.

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Why do we care about homophobia? We both have two very close friends we went to high school with who are still alive today after going through periods of depression and suicidal thoughts after coming out to their family when they were teens.

What do you say to your parent when they look at you with horror and disgust and ask, "How could you do this to us?"

Who do you turn to when you're 16-years-old and they say, "Pack some clothes and get out of here. You can find some other place to live."

Does homophobia hurt anyone? We think the answer is it hurts us all. 
               Mothers, tell your children:
               By quick, you must be strong.
               Life is full of wonder,
               Love is never wrong.

               Remember how they taught you,
               How much of it was fear.
               Refuse to hand it down -
               The legacy stops here.

~Melissa Etheridge, "Silent Legacy," Yes I Am, 1993
How homophobic are you? Frontline (a production of The Public Broadcasting System in the U.S.) has a homophobia questionnaire you can take. Known as the Wright, Adams, and Bernat Homophobia Scale, the questionnaire is designed to measure your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors with regards to homosexuality. You can find the questionnaire here.
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Homophobia is a very serious problem, but the bloggers who are participating in this Hop wanted to offer a little incentive to direct people to their site to hear a little bit about how serious the problem is.

We're having a random drawing of people who leave a comment no later than 12 midnight on Monday, May 20, 2012, the last day of the Blog Hop.

Here's all you have to do to be entered in the random drawing:

Leave a comment on this post, along with your valid email address.

We will give you one extra entry in the drawing if you are an Official Follower of our blog by midnight (Eastern time), May 20, 2012. Just click the Join this site blue bar on the right and sign up. If you're already a "Follower," you automatically will have one extra entry if you leave a comment.

We will announce the winner in a special post on Monday, May 21, 2012. We'll send you an email notifying you that you won and give you 48 hours to claim your gift card.
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