Thursday, May 16, 2013

Hop Against Homophobia and Transphobia

In honor of International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (May 17th the Hop Against Homophobia and Transphobia (HAHAT) was created last year to spread awareness of homophobia and transphobia, and as a way to stand together as a writer community against discrimination of our works.

Last year I talked about my kids and the good friends they've lost to suicide due to homophobia. This year I'd like to touch on something a little more postive. I want to talk about a boy my youngest has been friends with since 4th grade choir. They both graduate this year. As a matter of fact, in just two weeks.

Her friend was kicked out of his house at the beginning of his senior year. His parents are very religious and couldn't handle the fact he's gay. This boy I've known for years. He's a sweet, talented kid who made great grades. He's part of my kiddo's choir and his voice is amazing. The kid has some serious talent. He also was very active in his church.

I'm going to keep this short since there are so many taking part in this hop, but her friend moved back home at the beginning of this year. His mom and dad had a huge wake-up call. They still aren't thrilled with his being gay, but know what? They found out being gay is one thing.

Being dead is another.

That really makes things final.

There was a horrible car accident. Three out of four died in that wreck. I saw what was left of that car and to this day I can't tell you how her friend survived with barely a scaratch. By the grace of God is the best thing I can come up with and it sure made an impact on his parents.

Her friend and his boyfriend were just over here a couple of days ago. Yes, his parents know he has a boyfriend and accept both boys. Everything is fine on the homefront, I'm glad to say. :)

The only sad thing is it took death to wake those parents up. Some parents, and many kids, don't get that second chance.

I'm picking three people to give a book from my backlist to, readers choice. :) Just leave a comment, can be about anything, and an email address. I hope you'll follow my blog, but it's not necessary. :) The hop ends late on the 27th and I'll announce the winners on the 28th.



  1. I love your books and I can't wait for The Harvest series to come out.

  2. Jeez, chills galore! I'm so glad his parents came around, but also horrified that this was what it took for them to open their eyes.

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  3. Sometimes people suck. I'm glad the parents realized what mattered. Children are precious treasures. Thanks for sharing, Michelle.
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  4. Thank you for taking part in the hop! A great post indeed.

  5. I'm glad his parents finally came around, but it's sad that it took almost death to do it. Having children means accepting them no matter what. How can parents not understand that?

  6. What a heartrending story...sigh. (But as a hockey fan, I'm all over that poster!)


  7. Oh yes, love the poster!

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  8. Geez, that was a sad story. I am glad that it has a happy ending, but I wish that people could be more accepting. Death should not be the reason people start to wake up.

    Anyway, thank you for participating in the hop and I would love to enter the contest. Thanks.


  9. I hope those parents realize how lucky they are. And I hope they spread the word about acceptance! Thanks for sharing such a powerful story.

  10. Thank you for helping raise awareness about acceptance and love. Thanks for participating in the blog hop!

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  11. I feel so sad everytime I hear another story about a teen killing his or her self. It breaks my heart because these teens are our future. We need to protect them and I wish everyone could do something. I'm glad there are people who care.

  12. What a good outcome for your childs friend, lets hope it continues and that his parents learn to spread acceptance

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  13. You made me realize that I haven't been educating my two kids enough on this. Please count me in.


  14. As nice as the part about the parents coming around is - the part about him forgiving them, moving back in is - at least for me the - as noteworthy if not more so.

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  15. That's so heartbreaking. It's just... so sad that yeah... death was the thing that woke them up to accepting their child just the way he is.

    Thank you for being a part of the blog hop.


  16. wow. Talk about a wake up call!
    Thanks for this!
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  17. I am so pleased that your child's friend is okay. In a perfect world parents would love their kids no matter what. Thank you for supporting such a wonderful hop.

  18. So good to hear about a change of heart but so sad how it came about. Thanks.

  19. That was such an good story. Thank you for sharing and participating in this amazing hop!


  20. Thank you for sharing the story of your daughter's friend. It's great to hear that his parents had a change of heart but saddening that it only occurred after a tragedy.

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  21. Thanks for participating in the Hop and for sharing that story.

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  22. So sad for the other kids, but I'm happy for him. I hope they treat him well!

  23. Wow, that just gave me chills. I hope those parents realize how lucky they were with that second chance. It makes me sad to think they are some parents who wouldn't care even after that, but I'm glad that couple has come around. So glad her friend is safe and happy. Beautiful!

    Thanks for sharing with all of us!

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  24. Loving that shirt in the pic! Thanks so much for sharing your post in this blog hop! Such an important subject.
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  25. Great post! It's so sad that people had to die for his parents to accept him. Thank you for taking part in the hop!
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  26. At least his parents woke up. I'm guessing most never do.

    Thanks for participating in this great hop!


  27. I’m so glad that they realized they were wrong and accepted their son. It’s such a shame to me though that sometimes it takes death or near death to show us the truly important things in life. Thanks so much for sharing and for participating!