Stevie Woods:author of gay romantic fiction

May 16, 2012

My Hop Against Homophobia Blog!

Filed under: writing — Stevie Woods @ 11:30 pm

When I heard about the Hop Against Homophobia I quickly signed up to take part. I confess I’ve not taken part in many Blog Hops before but I couldn’t NOT take part in this one.

I’ve been writing gay romantic fiction for almost ten years now – only about six years as a published author – and when I began it was purely for my own pleasure. I admit I never really gave a lot of consideration to the facts of life for a gay man, I was purely wrapped up in the sexy romance of two hot men! However, it didn’t take long once I was published and became more involved in the publishing world of gay romance to learn how much I DIDN’T understand about the subject I was involved in writing about.

Being from the UK I’d always considered the gay people in my country were much better off than their counterparts in other countries, in particular the US, and while that is still true in many cases, there are far too many situations when homophobia is alive and kicking in the UK. Here’s a quote from an article I read only at the beginning of this month on the blog of one of our national newspapers, The Independent:

A few days ago, it was revealed that the Catholic Education Service, the body responsible for all state-funded Catholic schools in England and Wales, had sent a letter to all of the schools in their network urging them to encourage their pupils to sign a petition against gay marriage.  Critics, including the British Humanist Association, who hope to mount a legal challenge, claim that the move contravenes the Equality Act of 2010, which prohibits, amongst other things, discrimination on the grounds of sexuality.

This isn’t the first time that Catholic schools have been accused of breaking equality laws.  Earlier this year, a number of schools across the Lancashire region distributed a booklet to pupils with the enticing title “Pure Manhood: How to Become the Man God Wants You to Be.”  This US publication, by a Jesuit priest discussed a boy dealing with homosexual attractions, that suggested, could stem from “an unhealthy relationship with his father, an inability to relate to other guys or even sexual abuse.”  It went on to claim that the homosexual act is “disordered” and was directed against “God’s natural purpose for sex – babies and bonding.

The first paragraph was bad enough, but seeing as how I live in the Lancashire Region the second paragraph really hit home.  Later in the same article I read this comparison regarding schools in the US which should be a ‘lesson’ to us all:

Experience in the US has shown us that institutionalised homophobia can have tragic consequences. A school district in Minnesota recently saw a string of nine suicides over two years by gay students in one middle school after enacting a so-called ‘no homo’ policy in the district, in which teachers were forbidden from doing anything to normalise homosexuality in lessons. When the subject did come up, they were forced to portray the lifestyle as a sinful or “wrong” choice, on pain of being fired.”

I live in hope that the authorities in both countries find the common sense to put a stop to such outrageous behaviour.

It was very uplifting to read the following comment in the article and it gives me a degree of confidence in the future:

Their position is also not a popular one.  Recent polls suggest that the majority of people in the UK are supportive of gay rights.”

If adding my name to the growing outcry against homophobia can help, if only by opening the eyes of one person, then I feel I’ve achieved something very worthwhile.

As a thank you for reading my blog – and visiting the blogs of the others wanting to have their say on this important subject – I’m offering one lucky reader an ebook copy of a novel of their choice from my published books. I’ve provided a link to each of the books for information:

Cane     Conflict     Beyond the Veil     Drawing the Veil     On Reflection     Sacrifices     More Than Chains To Bind     Stone By Stone

I’ll choose the winner from those who post a comment on my blog or my website mentioning the Hop Against Homophobia.

Stevie Woods

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66 Comments »

  1. Yes, but shame they had to wait until afterwards….

    Comment by Stevie Woods — May 21, 2012 @ 7:34 am

  2. Thanks for the support, Peggy

    Comment by Stevie Woods — May 21, 2012 @ 7:33 am

  3. Very true, Ashley! Thanks for popping by

    Comment by Stevie Woods — May 21, 2012 @ 7:32 am

  4. I’m sorry your sister is still living with this, Teela. We can but trust the day will come….

    Comment by Stevie Woods — May 21, 2012 @ 7:32 am

  5. I think we all need to learn more about accepting diversity, Enyce!

    Comment by Stevie Woods — May 21, 2012 @ 7:31 am

  6. Thanks for reading, Wade!

    Comment by Stevie Woods — May 21, 2012 @ 7:30 am

  7. It was horrifying, as an American, to hear that same story re: the teen suicides. The only heartening aspect of it was how many people in the same state who spoke up against the rampant homophobia in that area.

    Comment by TwistedHilarity — May 21, 2012 @ 5:12 am

  8. Love the post. This blog hop has been great. Thanks.

    Comment by Peggy — May 21, 2012 @ 12:05 am

  9. Great post, Stevie. And regarding the “bonding and babies”, well, two men or two women can bond just as well and thoroughly. And as for babies… though they may not be able to produce their own, there are tons of children out there waiting for a loving home, and I think a committed gay couple can provide that just as well as a straight couple.

    Comment by Ashley E — May 20, 2012 @ 11:03 pm

  10. Thank you for sharing in Hop Against Homophobia. These issues hit close to home because of my sister and I have seen what she goes through. I can only hope that one day she won’t feel like she has to hide who she loves and can act like any other couple without ridicule from others.

    Comment by teela20 — May 20, 2012 @ 10:10 pm

  11. Thanks for sharing! and USA needs to learn more about diversty here in Canada we’re really accepting.

    Comment by enyce122 — May 20, 2012 @ 8:50 pm

  12. good post along the blog hop adventure! And very informative.

    Comment by Wade kelly — May 20, 2012 @ 8:45 pm

  13. I’m with you all the way there, Eden.

    Comment by Stevie Woods — May 20, 2012 @ 7:49 pm

  14. I cannot understand how in this enlightened age we, as a society, can still discriminate. I recently read a very good quote that I think sums up homophobia, “The highest form of ignorance is when you reject something you don’t know anything about.” Wayne Dyer

    Comment by edenwinters — May 20, 2012 @ 1:28 pm

  15. Me too! And I hope the numbers continue to rise

    Comment by Stevie Woods — May 20, 2012 @ 7:18 am

  16. Thanks for stopping by, Layladawna

    Comment by Stevie Woods — May 20, 2012 @ 7:17 am

  17. Gha, I get so angry when I see news like this. I’d heard of it though. I’m glad that UK citizens who are supportive are in majority.

    Comment by Erica Pike — May 20, 2012 @ 2:06 am

  18. It still amazes me the hate that some people spread, I’m glad there are also people out there spreading love.

    Comment by Layladawna — May 20, 2012 @ 1:34 am

  19. It’s good that at least you are allowed to discuss the subject. And yes, it will be pupils like yours who can make it better!

    Comment by Stevie Woods — May 19, 2012 @ 8:19 pm

  20. Thanks for participating for this wonderful cause of awareness…I teach high schoolers and this is a topic that we discuss at length. I just want them to be aware and know that they have the power to change the world!
    Yvette
    yratpatrol@aol.com

    Comment by yganoe — May 19, 2012 @ 7:41 pm

  21. Sadly this is true, but we have to live in hope:)

    Comment by Stevie Woods — May 19, 2012 @ 3:18 pm

  22. I am also in the UK and like to think we are a little more accepting than the US. But every now and then I hear something like this that reminds me we still have a long way to go.

    Comment by L.M. Brown — May 19, 2012 @ 2:50 pm

  23. Hi Barbara, thanks for commenting. I keep hoping that it’s improving and in some ways it is, but I imagine you’re right about the statistics.

    Comment by Stevie Woods — May 19, 2012 @ 1:59 pm

  24. I agree, Suze, that it should begin in the home, especially when it seems professional educators can sometimes be the worst culprits. And, oh yes, I hate it when I read about partners being excluded and I must admit I’m not sure of the rules in the UK. I hope it’s different here.

    Comment by Stevie Woods — May 19, 2012 @ 1:58 pm

  25. Thanks for reading, Penumbra!

    Comment by Stevie Woods — May 19, 2012 @ 1:56 pm

  26. You’re welcome, Foretta. I’m glad to have helped in any way I can.

    Comment by Stevie Woods — May 19, 2012 @ 1:55 pm

  27. So true, Chrissy! You’d think educators would be the last ones to be ignorant!

    Comment by Stevie Woods — May 19, 2012 @ 1:54 pm

  28. I’m from the UK too and had the same thoughts as you. It really is quite scary what some authorities are trying to do. I suspect that if we could see the statisitics for homophobic crime here, we’d be horrified.

    Comment by barbara elsborg — May 19, 2012 @ 11:34 am

  29. I’m in the BST time zone too (and yes, its raining and cold!). I think education is key – starting in the home. I’d read on an ealier blog Dawn’s comments about US teacher restrictions and a lot say that they are not allowed to visit partners in hospital in the US – i dont understand how a hospital dictates who visits – are we like this in the UK? I would say no but as i’m not in the GLBTQ community its not something i would experience directly.

    Comment by Suze — May 19, 2012 @ 8:34 am

  30. Thanks for participating in this great blog hop. I’m enjoying all the posts 🙂

    penumbrareads(at)gmail(dot)com

    Comment by Penumbra — May 19, 2012 @ 5:44 am

  31. I showed a bunch of these post to the teens in my family to show them how hurt some “innocent” remarks are to many others. I get so annoyed when my nephew says “you’re so gay”. ERRRR drove me crazy. I know he didn’t mean anything by it but it is so wrong to use that as a saying. I think that these post have helped. Thank you all for sharing with us!
    forettarose@yahoo.com

    Comment by Foretta — May 19, 2012 @ 4:47 am

  32. Great post Stevie! You would think that the school in Minnesota would’ve realized that they were hurting students rather than helping. It makes me sad to think of those lives list because of ignorance on the educators behalf.

    morris.crissy@gmail.com

    Comment by Crissy M. — May 19, 2012 @ 1:18 am

  33. absolutely! I’m a little further south (Italy) and it’s nice to hear some non-American stories from time to time, LOL!

    Comment by Barb — May 18, 2012 @ 2:47 pm

  34. Hope you enjoyed reading it:)

    Comment by Stevie Woods — May 18, 2012 @ 2:40 pm

  35. Thanks for reading! I will:)

    Comment by Stevie Woods — May 18, 2012 @ 2:40 pm

  36. Thank you for your input from this side of the pond! 😉

    Comment by Barb — May 18, 2012 @ 2:10 pm

  37. Thank you so much for participating. Please enter me in your contest

    yinyang1062 at yahoo dot com

    Comment by Linda — May 18, 2012 @ 2:08 pm

  38. Yeah, and why can’t they see that’s so wrong?

    Comment by Stevie Woods — May 18, 2012 @ 7:15 am

  39. LOL! You go, Norma. Time to write to the Pope!

    Comment by Stevie Woods — May 18, 2012 @ 7:14 am

  40. I so agree!

    Comment by Stevie Woods — May 18, 2012 @ 7:13 am

  41. Thanks!

    Comment by Stevie Woods — May 18, 2012 @ 7:13 am

  42. Talk about burying your head in the sand! At least the kids live in the real world:)

    Comment by Stevie Woods — May 18, 2012 @ 7:12 am

  43. Spot on, Cherie. Thanks for stopping by!

    Comment by Stevie Woods — May 18, 2012 @ 7:11 am

  44. Thank you for this informative, and somewhat heart breaking blog. I hate that we use religion to support hate rather than love. —wtprater

    Comment by William Prater — May 18, 2012 @ 3:17 am

  45. You know I think it would be a better world if the pollies and church just butted the hell out of peoples personal lives. I wrote a letter to the queen once telling her she needed to change the law – never did get a reply.

    Comment by Norma Nielsen — May 17, 2012 @ 10:07 pm

  46. ooopppsss forgot to leave my email: vicktorabailey@yahoo.com

    Comment by Vicktor "Vic" Alexander — May 17, 2012 @ 9:49 pm

  47. I think one of the most distressing thing about all of this is that homophobia and transphobia, much like racism, are both taught mindsets. If parents, churches, pastors, Catholic priests would stop spreading their filth and teaching their hate to their children then this whole thing would end and be done away with. I look forward to the day when those of us who are a part of the GLBTQ community, as well as our supporters, are the majority and the homophobes and transphobes are the ones trying to be heard.

    Although, if I’m hoping for anything, it should be for the day when homophobia and transphobia are distant memories. That will be an awesome day.

    Comment by Vicktor "Vic" Alexander — May 17, 2012 @ 9:48 pm

  48. Thanks for sharing in the HOP. Great post!

    Comment by Gigi — May 17, 2012 @ 9:46 pm

  49. Loved this post – and can identify… Scott (who is bisexual himself) is a HS English teacher and is forbidden by the administration to even let the kids talk about homosexuality in class (though there are several gay students who attend the school.) Recently he got into some really hot water because in his senior writing class, he told them to pick something out of the news and write their opinion about it… two kids picked homosexuality (they were for it) and three picked out equality in marriage– and the principal hit the roof!

    Comment by DawnandScott Flemington — May 17, 2012 @ 9:37 pm

  50. Stevie, Thanks for this post… it is so awful when those charged with caring for young people choose to promote intolerance. I stand against it every chance I get.

    Comment by Cherie Noel — May 17, 2012 @ 8:07 pm

  51. Thanks for dropping by, Andrea.

    Comment by Stevie Woods — May 17, 2012 @ 5:53 pm

  52. Very true! That’s my response to each of your comments:) Thank you for reading!

    Comment by Stevie Woods — May 17, 2012 @ 5:52 pm

  53. Thanks for sharing your personal background and the message that it’s man and not God who judges. The time will come when those who wear blinkers will see that.

    Comment by Stevie Woods — May 17, 2012 @ 5:51 pm

  54. Well in the UK you can ‘blame’ Queen Victoria for the apparent non-existence of lesbians, she apparently didn’t believe such a thing could possibly exist. But, you right, the time will come:)

    Comment by Stevie Woods — May 17, 2012 @ 5:48 pm

  55. Yep, me too:) Thanks for popping by!

    Comment by Stevie Woods — May 17, 2012 @ 5:46 pm

  56. Great post!

    andreagrendahl AT gmail Dot com

    Comment by Andrea — May 17, 2012 @ 5:32 pm

  57. It really pisses me off, when members of the Catholic church have been caught SEVERAL TIMES, in Homosexual situations!! Then turn around and want to condemn others for living honestly!! The Bible says 1 sin isn’t greater than the other!! Who gave them the right to judge?! Last time I checked their name wasn’t God or Jesus Christ!!
    I’m praying daily for equality, because being treated differently for your race, sex, religion, or sexuality is WRONG in ANY shape or form!!!
    Thank you for sharing your story!!!!

    ❤ Meka

    Comment by Meka — May 17, 2012 @ 4:50 pm

  58. Thanks Stevie for the wonderful post. For 65 years I have witnessed senseless murders, pure hate and a wild display of ignorance. Much of it in the name of God. Yet I spent 25+ years loving and being loved by the man God meant for me. God bless those younger than I that have not given up on the fight for equality. Change has happened, albeit slowly, but we must never give up. And yes, God does love you!!

    buildingobooks@gmail.com

    Comment by Tom Randall — May 17, 2012 @ 4:50 pm

  59. Very pertinent post, Stevie. When I was born homosexuals could be arrested and imprisoned and, as far as the law seems to have been concerned, lesbians didn’t exist. Now there are civil partnerships. It’s taking a long time but, step by step, we’ll ge there eventually.

    Comment by Elin Gregory — May 17, 2012 @ 3:56 pm

  60. I live in the UK too and I get very disappointed in groups that say they are about love who then turn around a preach hate.

    Comment by musingsofatattooedbookworm — May 17, 2012 @ 3:54 pm

  61. It should, for everyone, and one day….

    Comment by Stevie Woods — May 17, 2012 @ 3:48 pm

  62. I had to:) Thanks for reading!

    Comment by Stevie Woods — May 17, 2012 @ 3:48 pm

  63. It doesn’t only make me sad, it makes me angry! And yes, it needs shouting from the rooftops:)

    Comment by Stevie Woods — May 17, 2012 @ 3:47 pm

  64. Love should always triumph over hate and I believe it always will 🙂

    KimberlyFDR
    kimberlyFDR@yahoo.com

    Comment by KimberlyFDR — May 17, 2012 @ 3:43 pm

  65. Thank you for sharing and being part of this hop!

    xx
    Angela S Stone
    angela@angelastone.ca
    http://angelastone.ca/blog-3

    Comment by Angela S Stone — May 17, 2012 @ 3:18 pm

  66. Wonderful post – there does seem a lot of homophobia within church structures, which is a nonsense of course. As a Christian, it makes me very sad indeed. I do think that GLBTQ-friendly Christians need to make our voices heard far more than we currently do! …

    Anne

    albrookeATmeDOTcom

    Comment by annebrooke — May 17, 2012 @ 2:40 pm


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