Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Hop for Visibility, Awareness, and Equality

Hi! Welcome to the Hop for Visibility Awareness and Equality. You might know us as the Hop Against Homophobia, Bi and Transphobia.

Once again I'm proud to be taking part in this very, very special hop to help supports the International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia on May 17th. If you've been part of the hop before then you know there are several people and publishers connected to this. I've been part of it since the very beginning. :)

And considering I live in Mississippi the timing is perfect. A week after Georgia governor Nathan Deal vetoed similar legislation, Mississippi governor Phil Bryant signed into law a “religious freedom” bill that would allow businesses to refuse to serve gay couples or transgender people on the grounds that doing so may violate the owners’ religious backgrounds.

Following Indiana’s passage of its Religious Freedom Restoration Act last year (not to be confused with the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993) and North Carolina’s slightly different anti-discrimination law in March, Mississippi is joining a list of states that will be risking financial sanction from business for their attitudes toward gay and transgender individuals.

*sigh* Way to go Mississippi. Wait to try and time travel back to the 60s. I swear, sometimes it's embarrassing living in the South.

Any way, let's get to the contest, lol! Drop me a comment below and make sure to add your e-mail addy! What does the winner get? An e-book copy of Trouble Comes in Threes.

1. B. A. Brock (BI TR GAY LES)  23. Amelia Bishop (MULTI)  45. Remmy Duchene (MM)  
2. Jamie Fessenden  24. Moonbeams over Atlanta - Eloreen Moon (MM, REV, MULTI)  46. Sharita Lira writing as BLMorticia M/M  
3. Rory Ni Coileain  25. Helena Stone (M/M )  47. Barbara Winkes (LES)  
4. Erica Pike (M/M)  26. AM Leibowitz (M/M, F/F, BI, TR, NB, REV)  48. Bronwyn Heeley (m/m)  
5. Andrew Jericho (GAY)  27. L.D. Blakeley (M/M, BI)  49. L. J. LaBarthe  
6. Tempeste O'Riley (M/M (Bi) (NB)  28. Lila Leigh Hunter [M/M, BI]  50. VJ Summers (m/m, m/m/f)  
7. The Macaronis [various]  29. Sharon Bidwell  51. Nikka Michaels (M/M)  
8. Elin Gregory [mm]  30. Nicole Dennis (M/M, ACE, M/M/F)  52. Caraway Carter (LGBT)  
9. Alexa MIlne  31. Lexi Ander  53. L M Somerton (M/M)  
10. Nic Starr (M/M)  32. Barbara G.Tarn (M/M, ACE)  54. Taylor Law (GAY)  
11. Evelise Archer (MM)  33. Kaje Harper M/M, TR, BI  55. Anastasia Vitsky (F/F, TR, BI)  
12. Sue Brown  34. JMS Books LLC  56. Draven St. James (M/M)  
13. Elizabeth Varlet (M/M, BI, NB)  35. JM Snyder  57. A.V. Sanders (GAY, ACE, NB)  
14. Raven J. Spencer  36. Dean Pace-Frech  58. Lynley Wayne  
15. Sharing Links and Wisdom (REV)  37. Kimber Vale  59. DP Denman (GAY)  
16. Lisa Horan (REV/Multi)  38. Jacintha Topaz (BI, F/F, M/M, TR)  60. M.A. Church M/M  
17. Archer Kay Leah (M/M, F/F, TR, NB, BI, ACE)  39. Prism Book Alliance® (MULTI)  61. Andrew J. Peters GAY  
18. Alexis Duran (M/M)  40. Eva Lefoy (M/M, F/F, F/M/F, BI, MULTI)  62. Dianne Hartsock MM  
19. Jules Dixon  41. Lou Sylvre (M/M)  63. M. LeAnne Phoenix M/M F/F  
20. R.M. Olivia  42. Anne Barwell  64. Cherie Noel (M/M)  
21. Heloise West (M/M)  43. Viki Lyn (M/M)  65. Chris McHart (M/M, Trans*)  
22. Angel Martinez (M/M GAY BI TR)  44. Sean Michael  


  1. Thanks so much for participating!


  2. Thank you for participating, M.A., Judy.

  3. Equality must be for all. Thank you.

  4. Thanks so much for participating. These posts are necessary.
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  5. Thank you for the informative post M.A! I'm not really up to date about what's happening in all the other states.
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  6. You poor, poor southern belle, forced to live among the misguided heathens in Mississippi. At least you show some people can overcome their background/location and not be bigoted. There has to be more of you over there somewhere. ;)

  7. M.A., short, sassy, and classy. Loved your post. And I hear you. I was born and lived in the south during my "formative" years. Sometimes I feel like the only things the south gets right are sweet tea, sassafras tea, grits, and po'boy sandwiches. *sigh* And other times I'm damn proud of them. You're one of the people who help me have those moments of pride in the south. Please keep up the great work.
    ~Cherie Noel, Hop Admin

  8. It's a crying shame, how the states are trying to undo beautiful progress, isn't it. Thanks for your post--good reminder the struggle continues.

  9. Angela:
    Thanks for participating in this blog hop, it is so sad that it is still necessary to have a day like this but recent developments show us that we still need to raise more awareness and to spread the word that we are all equal.

  10. thanks for being part of this hop
    sorry you get to live in a backward thinking state :\


  11. I live in a backward thinking country, so I can relate. Having to hide who you are or even what you think or support sucks.


  12. Short, informative and to the point. Well done MA, and I'm so glad that you've been participating from the beginning. I've participated every year that I've run my blog as well, and the fact that crap like this still happens proves that we need to keep on fighting the good fight, spreading awareness and knowledge.


  13. nice of you to participate

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  14. Thanks for being part of the hop.
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