event001LGBT Pride BlogFest: Basically, we are having a month long party and giveaway to celebrate that love…


Be yourself, because you don’t know who might love the person you hide.

Not only is it important to be proud of who we are, but to me, it’s even more important to instill this pride and the sense of tolerance in our children. Here are a couple of blogs that I love to follow simply because these parents have it right!


I’m in an ongoing conversation with a teacher/friend about gender and identity. She shared how her 5 year old son is very into the notion that “colors are for everyone” lately. No “boy colors” or “girl colors.” Any color for any person.

In talking about Q and how confining sex and assumptions around gender can be, she suggested the notion (which was really suggested by this wise 5 year old, but not in so many words) that gender is for everyone. As in, any gender for any person. Or every gender for every person. Or whatever gender anyone wants. No restrictions based on stereotypes. It came from the suggestion, by said wise 5 year old, that on a particular day when he was hanging out with Q and folks kept thinking Q was a girl, that maybe, in fact, he WAS a girl that day. None of us really know, he suggested. So wise. And so doable inside of the notion that gender is for everyone. So, I’m going with this conceptualization. I like it and am using it.


It was the most sincere display of appreciation that my five-year-old son has ever shown. He looked me straight in the eyes and said a very mature and worldly “thank you.” The words were full of honesty, relief, happiness and a little bit of anguish.

“You’re welcome, baby,” I said looking at him with a smile and masking the pain I was feeling.

My gender creative son was thanking me for buying him a dress to wear to Christmas Eve dinner.

My favorite place to visit is Gender Spectrum that offers support, advice, and education.


Gender Spectrum provides education, training and support to help create a gender sensitive and inclusive environment for all children and teens.

So don’t be afraid to be yourself! As my 8 year old son once said to his 10 year old sister when she made a comment about his pink shirt: he turned to her, looked her up and down, and said, “Don’t label me.” There are plenty of people who’ll love you for who you are, and support and friendship are as close as a mouse-click away.

Thanks for stopping in! Please comment for a chance to win an e-copy of my contemporary story, WITHOUT AIDEN. Don’t forget your contact information!!

Also, if you’d like, grab a copy of my Free story with the Love Has No Bounderies event!


Dear Author,

Austin and Riley have been together since high school. They’ve always loved each other and knew they’d spend the rest of their lives together. But when they started playing soccer in college they met a sexy blond named Luke who, as far as they know, is the stereotypical conservative rich kid with the perfect GPA (aka the stuck-up straight guy).

Please tell us their story and how this perfect couple became three.



About diannehartsock

Author of paranormal/suspense, fantasy/adventure, m/m romance and anything else that comes to mind. Oh, and a floral designer.
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7 Responses to LBGT PRIDE Blog Fest

  1. laurie g says:

    thank you for the great post. i do so agree with a lot of what you said today. i do think that there is no one way to look at a lot of things in life

  2. Cinders says:

    I so loved the blog…Just wanted to tell ya that “Without Aiden” was brilliant and so inspirational that forgiveness and love can make a difference and that sometimes everything isn’t what it seems.

  3. Cornelia says:

    Thanks for the post,I agree.

  4. Trix says:

    I’m always amazed at how gender is still so binary for so many people nowadays, so posts like this give me hope!


  5. Cynthia says:

    Great post and thanks for the giveaway.


  6. Cathy Brockman says:

    great post and thanks for the free read!! ( dont enter me in the contest since I already have the book!!)

  7. chickie434 says:

    Thanks for letting me know about this fest Dianne, I would never have known otherwise. And thanks for the great post!


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