The Sound of My People: The Equal Rights Blog Hop

equal_rights_blog_hop_buttonWelcome to the Equal Rights Blog Hop! Each year, members of the the GLBTQ community and their supporters gather to celebrate the battle for equal rights. This year, thirty different authors have joined in the hop, and there are prizes galore! Be sure to check out the entire prize list at Queertown Abbey and see how you can enter to win the rafflecopter–as well as the Master List of Participating Authors.

Last year at my annual weekend gathering of fandom friends, where we meet up to stuff ourselves silly with each others best recipes and stay up until all hours talking about our fandom loves, there was a moment when all of us were busy on our laptops checking our emails, updating our status, or working on stories. The only sound in the room was the clattering of keys. One of my friends looked up and said with a happy sigh, “Ah, the sound of my people.”

We all laughed, and it has become a catch-phrase for us ever since.

You know what she meant, though. It’s true, as a species, we like to say ‘us, not them’ and form communities while at the same time, shutting some people out. The very thing that makes us recognize ‘alike’ makes us suspicious and leery of ‘other’. That need to separate people into tribes, into ‘us vs. them’ can be both a good and a bad thing.

This post was supposed to be about my first experience with the GLBTQ community, and I’d originally planned a nice sweet little blog post about how I did a lot of theater in high school and how my friends were neither my gay nor straight friends but my theater friends. I didn’t identify them as to their sexual orientation. It wasn’t a big deal. Ricky was the one who could hold a note for 16 bars without taking a breath. Amy was the one who made me laugh. Tom was the one I had a mad crush on, despite my friends telling me I couldn’t have a crush on him–and I knew it would never work, but I had a thing for talent, you see. Yeah, short and sweet, that was going to be my original post.

Then the whole thing with SCOTUS and their ruling on the Hobby Lobby case came down, and I have to tell you, I was both stunned and appalled. I’ve spent most of the week being seriously pissed. I’m sure I’ve annoyed and alienated many of my friends (and potential readers, too) with how angry I’ve been. I posted about it yesterday, as a matter of fact, and why I believe that the only thing that scares the GOP more than the mythical ‘gay agenda’ is the single, independent woman.

But here’s the thing. Almost every one of my GLBTQ friends have been just as upset, vocal, and angry by this ruling as I am–and for many of them, it has no direct bearing on them and their lifestyle. They resent it, however, for what it represents: discrimination on the part of one group of people against another group of people based on religious, economic, and political beliefs. They resent it in the same way that I resent seeing states pass laws banning equal marriage rights, or allowing discriminatory hiring/firing practices. Because it is wrong. Because no one group should be able to impose their will on others to this degree. All those times I stood up and cheered for my friends finally getting married, or I voted for someone who vowed to stand up for civil liberties across the board, or I fought to see some measure passed that would protect my friends? Well, yeah, they’ve got my back, too. And that, my friends, is what community is all about. I love you guys. 🙂

If you enter the Rafflecopter, you’re entered to win an e-copy of my award-winning novel, The Boys of Summer. I have a short story out in the newly released Not Quite Shakespeare anthology from Dreamspinner Press, and will be releasing Walk a Mile, the sequel to Unspeakable Words, in Sept/Oct 2014. Good luck, and happy hopping!

8 thoughts on “The Sound of My People: The Equal Rights Blog Hop

  1. This is so true Sarah. I was bothered by the Hobby Lobby case even though, as a lesbian, contraceptives have never been a part of my life. But that doesn’t mean I have to like what that ruling represents. Great post!

    • In no time flat, other organizations have stepped up to say that hiring anyone from the GLBTQ community is against their religion–and other companies have quickly followed suit to say they don’t want to cover *any* types of birth control. The gun lobby is fond of saying how banning assault rifles is the tip of a slippery slope that will have people coming for your guns (or that marriage equality will lead to bestiality and other such nonsense). Well, this slope is as steep as Mt. Everest and it’s *covered* in ice. It’s real and the ramifications are happening right now. We’ll be dealing with the fallout from this mess for a very long time. However, I sincerely hope that this will backfire on the people who orchestrated it. If enough minority groups stand together on civil rights, then we make up a majority. We may not be able to do anything about the current Supreme Court, but we can have a powerful effect on the next mid-term elections–and it’s about time we released the dragons. 😉

  2. Great post I enjoyed reading it I’m in the UK so things are a different here I just hope the rest of the world will catch up soon.

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

    • There are a lot of things I love and admire about the UK, Shirley–your NHS being one of them! Sadly, I’m hearing more people from the UK make similarly ludicrous, hateful statements (like that guy who blamed the weeks and weeks of heavy rain on the GLBTQ community) but the at least in the UK there are repercussions for such behavior! I hear that UKIP party member got ousted. 🙂
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  3. Hi Sarah,

    I want to send a personal thank you for your participation in The Equal Rights Blog Hop. Thanks to you the Blog Hop was a great success.

    I would like to take this opportunity to wish you a happy and safe summer.

    All the best,

    Anders
    Founder/Administrations Manager
    Queer Town Abbey

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