Today, the 17th May, is the International Day Against Homophobia and I’m pleased to be part of a blog hop to publicize it. Yet I’m also sad that such an event should be needed. What right does anyone have to declare same-sex love to be wrong or immoral or disgusting? You might not understand it, or prefer to ignore it, but I hope you wouldn’t condemn it.
Very little makes me happier than to see people in love. I spend my time writing about it. About men and women, two men and a woman and more recently two men. I put my characters through all sorts of trauma but in the end, they live happily ever after and I wish we could let gay guys and women do the same. It’s hard enough to be different in this world and bigoted people make it worse. We only get one chance at life – unless you believe in reincarnation! Let love find its home without our prejudice.
When I was researching for my book Cowboys Down, I came across the story of a young man, Matthew Shepard, who was tortured and murdered in 1998 in Wyoming simply because he was gay. The more I read, the more horrified I was. It made me think not just about poor Matthew and his family, but all those who knew him, the impact his murder had on their lives, particularly if they were gay. So without using Matthew’s name, I made my cowboy Calum, a friend of his, and explored the impact of homophobic murder in my story.
If you leave a comment on my blog, you have a chance to win an e-copy of Cowboys Down – or any from my backlist that you like.
The contest ends on the 20th May so please leave your comments before then. Make sure I have access to your email address! I’ll pick a winner at random.
Here’s the link to the main blog page. There are lots of us in this blog hop. Please take a look at some of the other posters!