Hi everyone, and thanks for following the blogs “Hop against Homophobia”.
First, I would personally like to thank Goodreads, Erica Pike and Karen Klein and everyone else who took the time to organize this ‘hop’ and give it the attention it deserves.
I’d like to offer a couple of prizes for those of you reading this blog. Leave a comment or just your name and email address and I will use random.org to pull the names of two readers who can have their pick of any one ebook from my website—http://www.jpbowie.com/
I will contact and congratulate the winners personally.
Homophobia is ugly. Even the word has a nasty sound to it and immediately brings to my mind a nightmarish vision of Fred Phelps and his rabid family who make up the congregation of the Westboro Baptist Church and their God Hates Faggots ministry - nice huh?
Not content with spewing their ignorance at gays, they now picket funerals of our war heroes. And of course, the word, ignorance, is the key. The phrase ‘ignorance is bliss’ could never be used to describe those people.
Ignorance is the main source of hatred and bullying. Some teachers are fighting hard to stop the bullying that is so prevalent in our schools, but unfortunately there are too many school boards willing to turn a blind eye to what has become a national tragedy. My admiration is unbounded for the likes of Dan Savage who co-founded the ‘It Gets Better’ campaign— http://www.itgetsbetter.org/ — and the hundreds of teens who form gay/straight alliances, sometimes in the face of vicious opposition.
I’ve been fortunate in my lifetime. I wasn’t victimized, kicked out of my family home or vilified by 'friends' when I came out. Actually, being in show biz, I was never really in. My gayness was just an accepted part of my life, and my friends’ lives.
Yet, I can sympathize and agonize when I read or hear of those men and women forced to endure loneliness and sometimes humiliation because of their sexuality. One can only hope that someday, with forward thinking people like all of you, homophobia will be a thing of the past, that bigotry and discrimination will be viewed by the majority for what it is—ignorance—and that Equality will be the law of the land.
Thank you. J.P. Bowie