The Hop Against Homophobia and Transphobia (HAHAT) was created to spread awareness of homophobia, biphobia and transphobia, and to stand together as a writer community against discrimination of our works.

There is a website with more information here:

http://hopagainsthomophobia.blogspot.com/

The International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia

I have a phobia. It's one that a lot of people share. Arachnophobia was what I labelled it when I was younger. Those moments where you freeze in abject fear when you see the scuttling legs and the yucky bodies hurtling towards you. It's irrational, especially in the UK when there aren't really any killer spiders. What I really have is a hatred of spiders. The way they look, the way they run, the way they hide in washing.

I can't understand why the word phobia is even connected to the hatred that is often found towards things we don't like or understand.

Homophobia isn't a phobia... it's an excuse and justification for hatred.

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54 comments:

  1. This is one of the better hops that take place each year. While giveaway hops are great its great to also raise awareness at the same time.
    -Miranda P bones_mcp(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  2. It's good that more awareness and acceptance is coming about. 20 years ago this last February I lost a friend who couldn't deal with life as a homosexual. I hope our young ones get the understanding that there's nothing wrong with them & true love is unconditional. Thx, Kendra kjpattersonrn@yahoo.com

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  3. This is very moving for me. Just lost my sister who was a lesbian. I miss her so much. No matter what people said to her about being with someone of the same sex she proudly held her head up. She was a great inspiration to all of us. This is a wonderful blog post <3
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  4. please count me in

    leetee2007@hotmail.com

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  5. Yeah, I have a fear of all things with 8 legs too. Thanks for your thoughts, now if only more people could read them.

    aelnova@aol.com

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  6. oh man that is so true. what's so scary 'bout a person loving another person - but eight legs moving individually.... *shivers violently*

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    1. ah... my email is beeheeley(at)gamil(dot)com - sorry forgot that part above

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  7. thanks for your great blog post

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  8. I always look forward to this hop. So many great, personal stories of hope are shared.

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  9. great post and cause! cathybrockmanromance@gmail(dot)com

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  10. I can't believe in the 21st century people still discriminate for any reason whatsoever, let alone something innate. I thought I would see an end to this in my lifetime, but maybe not.

    skadlec1@yahoo.com

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  11. We've come so far in the last few years but this message can never be said enough. I'm so proud to be part of this m/m community. Thanks to all the authors and bloggers who are participating.

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  12. I so agree! Homophobia is not a phobia, it's an excuse to hate people who are gay, nothing more.

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  13. Great post RJ. Who has the right to tell someone who they can and can not love. Hate is such an ugly word and should never be used against other people.
    geetracy1170 (at) gmail (dot) com

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  14. Concise and eloquent as always!

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  15. Good post. Eloquent and to the point. No one has the right to tell someone else who they should love.

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  16. It's totally an excuse for hatred. I have arachnophobia, meaning that I freeze when I see a spider and a cold wave of shivers rush over my body (good thing I live in Iceland!). I very much doubt "homophobes" get that when they see two people of the same sex holding hands. What they DO fear, however, is that it will become such a commonplace practice that people will accept it without a second thought.

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  17. Thanks for being a part of this.

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  18. Totally agree, it's an excuse for hatred and causing someone else pain, suffering and humiliation. In my parents case, they use their religion to excuse their homophobia and transphobia. Even in Canada, you get intolerant assholes. *sigh*

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  19. Great post RJ
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  20. Great post! I totally agree. Rather than try to understand, they hate and call it a phobia. It's ridiculous.

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  21. Oh man... i'm with you in the Arachnophobia. Any thing not a lady bug or a butterfly freaks me the hell out and makes my skin crawl. LOL...
    Wonderful post!

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  22. Thanks so much for participating!

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  23. Count me in please! Thanks, m8231m@aol.com

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  24. Totally agree it is not a real phobia!
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  25. Thanks for participating in this great Hop :)

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  26. I have watch this HOP grow each year - and love it! Thanks for spreading the word and participating. I am totally with you on the spiders - unfortunately for me - hubby fears them more than I do so I get to deal with them!
    Cinders1964@hotmail.com

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  27. Thanks for participating in the hop. Let's hope that people will continue to become more understanding and tolerant so they won't have this "phobia". Thanks for the giveaway.

    lkbherring64(at)gmail(dot)com

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  28. Great post. I always cannot believe that someone would kick out their child. My daughter is still my daughter no matter who she loves.
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  29. Great post. Thank you for the giveaway.

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  30. RJ, don't even mention the dreaded "S-word"... *shudders*

    ashley.vanburen[at]gmail[dot]com

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  31. Thanks for post and hop.
    cvsimpkins@msn.com

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  32. Thanks for your post. It made me stop and think.

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  33. Thanks for participating, RJ. lena.grey.iam@gmail.com

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  34. "Homophobia isn't a phobia... it's an excuse and justification for hatred." Well-said! Really homophobia isn't a fear at all. It's just an excuse to discriminate against LGBT community.

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  35. Yes, I loved what you said, homophobia is an excuse for hatred!

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  36. Thanks for your post and for being part of the hop.
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  37. Thanks for being a part of the hop and for the chance to win :)
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  38. I love this hop and all the people who participate.
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  39. Completely agree. About the spiders too...now my skin is crawling. Thanks for your post!

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  40. Nice of you to participate

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  41. The fear comes from insecurity and lack of confidence in one's own identity. If you're focused on who you are and loving your family, you don't have time to bring other people down.

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  42. Thanks for the post, this is an amazing hop! Thanks for the giveaway too.
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  43. Great post. Thank you for taking part in the hop and for adding your voice against homophobia and transphobia.

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  44. Please count me in. & your right some people do that, use it as an excuse for hatred.

    Deborah H
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  45. RJ!! I LOVE your definition of homophobia!!!!
    cvale1@virgilio.it

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  46. Thanks for taking part in the hop!

    kimberlyFDR@yahoo.com

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  47. Thank you for the post the blog hop has been really interesting and I've learnt a lot.

    ShirleyAnn(at)speakman40(dot)freeserve(dot)co(dot)uk

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  48. It was interesting. I heard a lecture about 'homosexual panic' which was used in an attempt to deny men to do jobs like being stewards. It was explained that if men took care of make passengers, give them blankets, and take care of their needs - especially when the stewards looked femme, male passengers would realise their own same sex attraction and freak out in the middle of the flight. Thus employing gay males for the job was considered a risk. ...

    Thanks for participating in the hop and the chance to win. marc.darkshade@gmail.com

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  49. Wonderfully succinct post.

    Spiders creep me out too. It's the eyes, not the legs for me.

    Thanks for taking part in the hop! I love finding new authors to read. Fingers crossed to win.

    Have a great weekend!

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  50. Thanks for the wonderful post. I'm so glad I followed the hop.
    sstrode at scrtc dot com

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  51. Thanks so much for participating and for the chance to enter! wendynjason04@gmail.com

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  52. Yes, I have a cockroach phobia, which makes sense... Thank you for participating.
    OceanAkers @ aol.com

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