October has always been a triple-threat for me, the best month of the year: Canadian Thanksgiving, my birthday, and Halloween. It’s a month of gratitude, of celebration, of transformation. Of watching the leaves change color and howling at the moon. And for the second year in a row, October plays host to one of my favorite theme parties, Queer Romance Month!
What is Queer Romance Month, you ask? I’ll let them explain it to you.
Well, what is it – Queer Romance Month is a month long celebration of romance across the LGBTQ+ spectrum. Every day in October, we publish three to four posts from a variety of readers, writers, bloggers and other brilliant people. Our contributors come from all corners of Romancelandia, united by our belief that love is love, romance is romance, and sexuality is not a sub-genre.
On the website, we’ll be showcasing essays, think pieces, flash fiction, and other good things inspired by this year’s theme: We All Need Stories.
You’ll also find us around the blogosphere all month long, bringing you exclusive interviews, audio clips and video readings from our wonderful contributors.
And who are those contributors, you might ask? Pretty much every big name in the game: Josh Lanyon, KJ Charles, Harper Fox, Santino Hassell, Alexis Hall, Anyta Sunday, JK Pendragon, Megan Erickson, Nicole Kimberling, (deep breath) Kaje Harper, RJ Scott, Charlie Cochet, Rhys Ford, Mary Calmes, Astrid Amara, Joanna Chambers, Alex Beecroft, and many, many more. There are essays that will tear your heart out. There are contests that will get your blood running. The site is truly an embarrassment of riches, and all to get a simple message out, that people are people, that love is love. We’re all just queer as folk.
Why do we need a Queer Romance Month? Turn on your local news. Because people of all colors, races, creeds, identities, orientations, and otherwise are being denied their rights. Because 40% of homeless youth are LGBTQ+. Because there are still places in the world where someone will kill you for being LGBTQ+. Because one of those places is the place where you live.
Stories give hope. The experience of being told a story is a primal one, fundamental to our identity as humans. When we stop telling stories to each other, when we stop sharing our diverse experiences, when we put up a wall to anyone who is different than we are, we lose something as a species.
Imagine if the only “crime” you’d committed was to be born the way you are. Imagine if your government tried to deny you the right to love. Now imagine there was a group of people ready to share their stories, to reach a hand out to you, to help you feel less alone. That’s what’s being done here. Please help spread the word–and happy reading!
How to get involved
You can visit daily at www.queerromancemonth.com. Subscribe by email or add our RSS to your feed-reader of choice. Err, assuming people still do that. You can also follow us on Twitter at @QueerRomance, which will alert you when new posts go up.
You can also snag one of our gorgeous badges to display on your own site or use temporarily as a Facebook or Twitter icon to show your support of Queer Romance Month.
Tweet to us, leave us comments, enter our giveaways – we’re here to share our stories and we love hearing from people.