GLBT Madness Hop

Thank you to Carole and The Romance Reviews for hosting the GLBT Madness Hop!

I’m now in my early 40’s and I’ve seen some wonderful improvements in acceptance of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender folks in the course of my lifetime. Still, homophobia remains, especially in certain pockets of culture.

Athletics is a culture that’s dear to me but sadly still struggling with tolerance of GLBT issues. I witnessed a close friend grapple with the coming out process on my college swim team, and his battle really influenced me to become a heterosexual ally.

I wrote about this experience in my fictional short story Swim Recruit, which I’m offering for free. Heterosexuals can make a huge impact by fighting against homophobia. I’m also offering an iTunes gift card to download great music by gay artists like the Indigo Girls!
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40 thoughts on “GLBT Madness Hop”

  1. I have two girls and I have watched them both go through some bullying. Middle school is so brutal. The kids will ridicule you until you cave and get with their program. Luckily both my kids are very strong willed and refused to cave, but the consequences are a lot of hurt feelings 😦


  2. I have always stood behind my glbt friends, and supported them when they struggled with coming out and their sexuality. I was told (on more than one occasion) that I was the only straight friend that didn't abandon them. That just about broke my heart!


  3. My daughter came out to me when she graduated from high school. When she was born I prayed she would be happy and healthy. I worry about her and how terribly cruel people can be but she is my baby girl and really all I want is for her to be happy and healthy.1_trouble at msn dot com


  4. My younger brother was a target of bullying and I tried to be his protector when I could, but it almost broke my heart a few times when I found out after the fact.Thanks for the giveaway opportunity and thanks for the generous giveaway of your short story.


  5. I am always amazed when people who,have themselves been discriminated against, turn around and do,it to others. How does one develop compassion? The world of athletics has an intolerance that I hope will fade.brendurbanist AT gmail DOT com


  6. I think it's great that you are promoting this cause. I loved Swim Recruit and was also a huge fan of Greg Luganis, who didn't come out until his diving career was almost over. My best friend is gay and she's the best person you could meet.


  7. I was made fun of for being fat, even at age 6 when I wasn't fat. Of course ridicule by my peers made me feel fat, making me eat my feelings and eventually became fat!Thanks for participating! OceanAkers @ aol.com


  8. In high school I had a problem with a gang of girls who liked to bully me and others. I lost a couple of so called friends because of them so I guess that they were not really my friends. Most of those mean girls didn't stay in school so the bullying stopped by 10th grade.jmesparza821(at)gmail(dot)com


  9. I figure everyone is entitled to Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness….wherever those ideas lead. Hopefully the naysayers will realize that LOVE between consenting adults is never wrong. Thanks, Michelle chellebee66(at)gmail(dot)com


  10. You know how I feel about this issue, having been through it myself as a bisexual woman. I love you for participating in this blog hop and for standing up for your GLBT brothers and sisters. Rock on, sister!xoJen DeLucy


  11. I was bullied as a kid, but I never really thought of it as bullying because it was not the stereotypical bullying you see on TV and in books – the \”give me your lunch money or I'll beat you up and lock you in a locker\” type. Emotional bullying is way worse.BTW, I didn't download \”Swim Recruit\” because I already have it in an anthology. I loved it, though, and have been wanting to read more of your work.


  12. Well, I was bullied all through elementary to high school. I absolutely hated school until I went to college. Bullying sucks and I don't care what excuses you make up for it, it's never okay. It doesn't build character or any of that bull crap. It's destructive and needs to be stopped.tiger-chick-1(at)hotmail(dot)com


  13. Emily, that's awful to hear. College was a healing experience for me too after a clique-ish high school experience. I think schools are addressing bullying much more effectively these days.


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