Hop Against Homophobia, Biphobia, and Transphobia #HAHABT

HAHABT 2015IDAHO_LogoWelcome to the HAHABT!

Created to spread awareness of homophobia, biphobia and transphobia, and to stand together as a writer community against discrimination!


There are a lot of challenges facing our community these days, and one of the more tragic ones, to me, is the homelessness of our youth.

Between 40 to 50 percent of our youth at any given time identify as LGBT, and unfortunately that is the reason a lot of them are facing homelessness. Their families don’t accept it and they don’t feel they have a home in their community.

But there are so many ways we can help, by the donation of our time and talents, being involved in our local communities, and by spreading awareness through Hops like this one.

PRIZE TIME! Towards that end, I’d like to donate $25 in your name to the charity of your choice, and also, since we all love books, a $10 ARe Books Gift Card for you to keep. Simply comment with your name and contact information for the chance to be my winner, chosen by Random.org

Thanks so much for joining us! Please continue the hop HERE!


Nobody deserves to be without a home. In collaboration with several authors, Less Than Three Press offers up an anthology of stories about young people who find that home and family are not always where you expect to find them.

All proceeds from this charity anthology will be donated to Project Fierce Chicago.

Project Fierce Chicago’s mission is to reduce LGBTQ youth homelessness in Chicago by providing affirming, no-cost transitional housing and comprehensive support services to homeless LGBTQ young adults. PFC also aims to encourage community-building and civic engagement through cooperative living and youth leadership development.

Sammy: My story in the Project Fierce Anthology

At fifteen, Sam inadvertently comes out to his parents, but instead of the support he hopes for, they send him to live with his uncle. Unfortunately, the man is even less tolerant of his uniqueness. Rather than change to please his family, feeling unwanted and misunderstood, he runs away to find a better life.

But the crowded city isn’t kind to a young man with no home and no prospects of work. When this story opens, Sam has been on the streets for several years when one of his ‘regulars’ begins to take more than a business interest in him. For the first time Sammy dreams of more than a bleak lonely future, but does he dare hope that someone like him could find their happily ever after?


“Sammy, your Suit’s here again.”

Sam frowned at the chip in a fingernail. He could nibble off the rough edge, but that would smear his lip gloss, Pink Persuasion, his favorite. He glanced up through his thick lashes. Sure enough, John leaned against a lamppost pretending he hadn’t been staring. This could be fun.

Climbing from his perch on the picnic bench, he winked at Tad and the others and shook out the white skirt of his sundress. The sun was lowering behind them and John could probably see right through the filmy material, maybe catch a tantalizing glimpse of his turquoise bikini underwear. He stretched leisurely, arching his back, the sheer tank top exposing his nipples more than it covered them. He darted a look at the man again. Oh yes, definitely staring. John pushed off from the pole and took a step toward him, and his heart gave a funny lurch. He was certainly attractive, wavy brown hair falling to his chin, large brown eyes.

“Got a minute, Sammy?”

A smile lifted the corners of Sam’s full mouth. John was gentler than some of the others he could name. “Yeah, honey, I got time.” He raised his brows, looking towards the nearby public restrooms, but John shook his head, gaze flicking to the Morrison Bridge over head, the steady stream of cars crossing the river adding to the traffic noise on Naito Parkway behind them. Excellent. Sam knew justmthe spot.

Lacing fingers with John, Sam gave a playful tug and saw a slight blush rise in his face as they strolled along the bike path under the bridge. Cute. The Rhododendron grew thicker there and Sam pushed between two of them.

Hidden from view, he planted his back to the cement retaining wall, pulling John up against him. Brown eyes bore into his, the gleam of excitement unmistakable. But business first. Confusion touched the man’s face when Sam didn’t move, then his eyes widened.

“Oh shit! Sorry.” John dug in his pocket and handed over a few folded bills. Sam sighed. Only a head job. He’d been hoping for enough to get a room that night he didn’t have to share. John had been using him for the last couple of months and he’d even been to John’s apartment a few times. After letting Tad know where he was going, of course. But it looked like this time John just wanted to get off. Must be in a hurry. Crap.

Slipping the money into a pocket of his skirt, he made a show of rimming his lips with his tongue and hid his smirk when John’s eyes darkened with hunger. Men were so easy. Bat his mascaraed lashes, flash a flirty smile, and they were putty. Sam leaned forward and nibbled John’s lean jaw. “Ready, baby?”

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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23 Responses to Hop Against Homophobia, Biphobia, and Transphobia #HAHABT

  1. Jewel says:

    I think this is a wonderful way to show awareness.

  2. parisfanca says:

    Thanks for participating and donating 🙂 And also thanks for the giveaway.


  3. AM Fasano says:

    Thanks for participating in this great effort.

    annmarief115 at gmail dot com

  4. KimberlyFDR says:

    Thank you for your post and participating in this blog hop.


  5. avsanders says:

    Great post, and the inclusion of “Fierce Chicago” was brilliant! 😀 Happy hopping…xo, #91
    avsandersarchive @ gmail

  6. Lee Todd says:

    Project Fierce sounds like a great charity to support


  7. H.B. says:

    Thank you for the informative post and for taking part in the hop!

    humhumbum AT yahoo DOT com

  8. suze294 says:

    Thanks fr your donation Dianne

  9. Shirley Ann Speakman says:

    I really like the idea of giving a donation the blog hop gets more inspiring each year.

  10. Trix says:

    Thanks so much for participating!

  11. Danny says:

    Thanks for the great post.


  12. Angela says:

    Thank you for this post to help to raise awareness and spread the word, this is still so important. Let’s hope that in the near future these blog tours aren’t necessary anymore.
    Thank you for the giveaway.

  13. Heather Rawlins says:

    Thank you for the great post!

  14. Rissa says:

    Thanks so much for being a part of the hop!!
    raynman1979 (at) yahoo (dot) com

  15. rojoroaors says:

    what a wonderful giveaway prize> I like both the donation and the GC. rojoroaors@yahoo.com

  16. JenCW says:

    Thank you for the great post and for donating. It makes me incredibly sad and sick to my stomach to think so many children are turned out of their homes for being themselves. How can a parent do such a thing?

  17. Trix says:

    Thanks so much for participating in Project Fierce and the hop!


  18. A great cause and a great giveaway idea for the Hop! Thanks!

  19. Milica says:

    Thank you for donating And participating…great way to raise awareness and help people in the process.


  20. falicesidoma says:

    I thank you for being a part of this hop. I hope that maybe a few people will open their hearts and minds. That they learn that love is love no matter what!!.

  21. sula22 says:

    Thank you for being part of this blog tour and your kind donation and gift to one of us lucky commentators 🙂 slholland22 {at} hotmail {dot} com

  22. sherry1969 says:

    Thanks for being part of the hop and a great post.
    sstrode at scrtc dot com

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