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I've blogged before about my experiences with homophobia and transphobia. Today, I want to blog about my experiences with acceptance.
I've recently started attending meetings of a local organization called Safe Zone, which is a GLBTQ youth group. At first, being there seemed very surreal and odd. I've never been in a room made up completely of people who either accepted that I was queer or didn't really care one way or another.
I've spent my life being a chameleon of sorts - always trying to figure out how to act around which people. Trying to determine if I could be myself, or if that specific person just couldn't "handle" my being queer and trans.
Being surrounded by people who could most definitely "handle" my being queer and trans has been a life changing experience. I no longer look at the world in a mindset of "how can I change myself to fit what you need." I now look at the world in a mindset of "you're not trying to change for me, why should I try to change for you?"
I'm queer and trans. And I'm FABULOUS. I don't need to change myself to make anyone else more comfortable.
It's organizations like Safe Zone, in my opinion, that will be the catalyst for change in the coming years. As queer people find hope and belonging within these groups, their individual lives will be impacted, and they will, in turn, change the lives of people around them.
I've always said the best argument we can make for equality is showing that we are equal - living our lives to the best of our abilities, with the best of intentions, and giving 100% whenever we can.
If you can help, you should. If you can and you don't, you're part of the problem.
For my prize today, I'm offering up a free pdf copy of the reader's choice of any one of my books. I'm also including a swag pack, including magnets, a calendar, and a gay pride rainbow flag, signed by yours truly!
To enter to win, just leave a comment below and please be sure to include your e-mail address.
****PLEASE BE AWARE: I write GLBTQ romance. GLBTQ stands for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and queer. This means my works feature same sex relationships AND same sex sexual acts. If winning a prize from that kind of a blog isn't your cup of tea, kindly pass on to the next blog in the hop and leave the spot open for someone else. Thank you.****