We're very honoured to be included in the Hop Against Homophobia and Transphobia that was created several years ago to spread awareness of homophobia, biphobia, and transphobia, and to stand together as a writer community against discrimination of our works.
When we wrote that we're honoured to be "included," it hit us that that is what today is all about. The feeling of being included. Not set apart from others and deemed unworthy of equal rights to love, to work, to be a part of a family, to have your own family, and to participate fully in life without fear of abuse.
Personally, and together as Bottom Drawer Publications and Driven Press, we work to gain acceptance that everyone is equal. We know and love many people who fall under the rainbow and it breaks our hearts to know that at some point they have and will suffer because of who they are or who they love. By being vocal about basic human rights and equality for all, we hope in some small way to contribute to the idea that no one should be treated less than equal in any area of their life.
The motto of our publishing house is the phrase, and the idea, that "love is love" and we both believe in that ideal wholeheartedly. At BDP, we believe there is no differentiation between anyone and have structured our categories accordingly into genre and not segregated LGBTI romance into a category of its own. A paranormal romance is a paranormal romance with a whole host of different characters be they gay, straight, bi, alien, human, inter-racial, or a shifter. We hope that readers who've not read out of their comfort zone come across something they might take a chance on and pick it up. Experiencing the lives of different people, even if via a story in a book, breaks down barriers when you realise that loving someone is the same across all walks of life. Some may have different challenges than most, but in the end "love IS love" and that is the most important thing of all.
Today (May 17) is the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia and we'd like to offer a prize on the blog of a copy of our anthology, Second Chances, a collection of mm stories on finding love again. To be eligible for the prize - leave a comment on this post over the next few days about an action you've taken to be an ally to the LGBTI community. The prize will be drawn on May 24.
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