Today is International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia. This is my first year participating in the Hop Against Homophobia, Bi- and Transphobia 2015 but I doubt it will be my last. While I think our community has made great strides in combating the ignorance and fear which surround LGBT people we certainly have a long way to go.
I often think the answer to creating a new wave of understanding are the children. Kids are not born hating.
They learn to hate.
As a mother I interact with children all the time. I have tutored many in digital art. My graphic tablet is always out and ready for kids to doodle on. While sitting around waiting on my kids I often work on projects for LGBT authors or I'm creating bunnies.
If you have never seen my work you are probably wondering....bunnies?
I told the story of Skip & Pip (aka The Pride Bunnies) on a post over at Prism Book Alliance, which you can read here. Since that post, more children have adopted my cute little boy bunnies who are madly in love with each other. I have seen the buttons on kid backpacks. Others own the plushes and even carry them to school.
Quite a few adults have adopted them as well.
A ten year old girl looked over my shoulder while I drew them one day and asked, "Which one is the boy and which one is the girl?"
I replied, "They are both boys" and smiled at her.
She grinned hugely. "Wow! That's so cool!"
Skip & Pip did their job of showing "love is love" just as I hoped they might.
Her response gives me hope. I honestly believe our best resource are the new generations - those kids that haven't been taught hate yet. We can't reach them all but the ones we do interact with will push the tide that is rolling - acceptance for everyone no matter if you are gay, lesbian, genderfluid, transgender, bisexual or any of the other beautiful colors of the rainbow.
Please check out all the other blogs hosting the Hop today at the links below. A huge number of amazing people have incredible things to share and giveaway. I am sure their words of wisdom and their ideas of how to reach out and fight against hate will spur you on to do more. There are so many little ways to help.
Follow the link to the rafflecopter below to win your own Skip and Pip t-shirt!