#HAHABT – I think we’re doing something right. 23


I think we’re doing something right.

I always want to project positivity when it comes to GLBTQIA topics and this post is no different.

When I was young, I can remember people I knew making fun of Freddy Mercury being gay (and I’ve learned in recent times, that he was bi) and some of my friends commenting about The Crying Game and how the girl was really a guy (which fascinated me but to this day, I haven’t seen this movie) but apparently this was icky to them. I couldn’t have disagreed more and I did back then, before I was shot down and told to stop being weird. I could go on but my real point is how different this is today.

When I watched Guy Code on MTV (which if you haven’t watched Girl Code, I highly suggest you watch it for the lulz) there was a section about “Gay” and all of them were like “hey, it’s cool” and another one said, “Homophobia is not cool. If someone is bashing my gay bro, I’m gonna be like stop or GTFO.” This is how teens, tweens, young adults and new adults are thinking and acting. It really makes me smile to see this.

Laverne Cox has a recurring role on Orange Is The New Black and I can firmly tell you that when I was a teen, this wouldn’t have happened. It should have but it didn’t. Famous GLBTQ people lived in the shadows until a few people took risks to come into the light and live their lives in the open. I’m so glad they did. When my sister’s best friend came out as trans, everyone accepted he was a guy. It freaked my dad out at first but now he is cool with it too.

You know, things aren’t perfect. I doubt they ever will be ideal but I really do think (and hope) that our world is getting better and we (GLBT authors and readers and allies) are making a difference by just being here. We are definitely not a fad or a phase and we aren’t going away anytime soon.

*big hugs all the way around* Keep at it everyone!

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About Lori Toland

CEO by day, erotic romance writer by night, Lori Toland lives in Orlando where the summers are hot but the romance between her characters is even hotter. Writing since the tender age of 13, Lori somehow finds time to play video games and watch movies while taking care of her beloved cats and a husband who will forever be her hero.

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23 thoughts on “#HAHABT – I think we’re doing something right.

  • CerseiDM

    Yeah I also think the world is changing for the better, and it’s great 🙂
    There are more and more TV shows, novels, etc. with gays and trans and that definitely show that they are more and more accepted in our society! I think LGBT authors are really making a difference, because how can one read a great novel and not want the two heroes to end up together? Their gender do not matter, only their love, and I think a lot of people discover that more by reading a novel, than by listening to arguments for and against gay marriage for example.

    I’d love to win one of your books, so I’ll leave my email address here (cerseidm@yahoo.fr) before checking out your library, and all the other posts for the hop! 🙂

  • Jewel

    I think what you guys are doing is spectacular. It takes someone special to share themselves for a cause. I agree that things are changing for the better. And I will continue to help bring those changes when I can.
    Thanks for sharing

  • Ree Dee

    Thank you for the post! I also think things are getting better but there is still so much left to do and there are so many people who still do not understand!

  • Angela

    So true, the world is changing and i hope the changing will continue for the better. Like you say it will never be ideal but then again nothing ever is 🙂 but to come close to ideal would be great i think.

    Thanks for this post and the giveaway chance!

  • JenCW

    Thank you for the post! It’s always heartwarming to see that progress is being made, especially with the younger generations. I want my children to grow up in a better world were they will be accepted by their peers and others. I know there’s still much to do, and this blog hop is fantastic. I try to do what I can to make things better, even if it’s as simple as starting at home with my children.

  • Trix

    I think all the sharing of stories (in the media and everyday life) really helps, putting human faces on these issues…it all starts with seeing each other as people!


  • Kassandra A.

    It all comes down to our world reflecting the people who exist in it. Thankfully, the younger generations seem to be getting that part right. They are tired of the entertainment industry and government not being the mirrors they should be. Let us hope that they (as well as us older folks) keep fighting to make sure the necessary changes happen!

  • Su

    Thank you for being part of this blog hop and for a chance to win one of your books. I have experienced the gradual changes in attitudes over the years and I think it has been more rapid recently due to the emergence of social media such as Twitter and Facebook, which were not available in my youth even though we did have the Internet. There are also more books available to YA, far more then when I was trying to find them and there is also more LGBTQ books, in ebook format. Another wonderful phenomenon is You Tube and several educational and fun online series, such As Where the Bears Are and The Horizon. slholland22 {at} hotmail {dot} com