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Love Is Love Anthology – For the Victims and Survivors of the Orlando Pulse Attack


A collection of poems composed by over fifty authors in aid of the victims and survivors of the Orlando Pulse Attack.

On June 12, 2016, the most horrendous mass shooting in US history and an unfathomable act of hate was directed at the LGBT community in Orlando. The horror of this tragedy reverberated around the world, leaving millions shocked and appalled at the senseless violence that destroyed so many innocent lives.

In a display of solidarity with the victims and survivors of the Pulse nightclub shooting, a group of LGBTQ+ and straight allies, from all across the globe, came together to produce a collection of poems in celebration of love and acceptance.

The resulting Love is Love Poetry Anthology is dedicated to the families and victims of the shooting and all proceeds of this work will be donated to Equality Florida’s Pulse Victims Fund.

In this small way, the authors, along with the readers who purchase this work, seek to contribute to the lives of those who still suffer from the consequences of the malice directed toward them, and offer some positivity and compassion in the face of such bigotry.

love_is_love_poetry_anthology_lily_g_bluntContributing Authors:

AC Benus, Aditus, Andrew Jericho, Ann Anderson, Ash Marie, Asta Idonea, Betti Gefecht, Cam Kennedy, Cynus Eldranai, Darren White, dughlas, Eddy LeFey, Eden Winters, EmiGS Em, F.E. Feeley Jr., Gelybi , Headstall, Jack L. Pyke, Jana Denardo, Jason Frazier, Jay Rookwood, J.L. Merrow, Karina Rye, Kathy Griffith, Kay Ellis, Kaye P. Hallows, Kit Loffstadt, Laura B. Damone, Layla Dorine, Lily G. Blunt, L.J. Harris, L.M. Somerton, Louis Stevens, L.S.K Harris, L.V. Lloyd, Lynn Michaels, Maggie Chatterton, Maria Siopis, Monika De Giorgi, Parker Owens, Patricia Nelson, Pelaam, Petra Howard, Ravyn Bryce, Rick R. Reed, Ruski, Valik and Addy, S.J. Davis, Skylar M. Cates, Star Brady, Steve Baldry, Susan Crane, Tamara Miles, Tash Hatzipetrou, Tim Landon, Tracy Gee, Vicki Tubridy, Victoria Kinnaird, and Wendy Rathbone.



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Sincere thanks go to everyone who contributed their time, energy, and skills in the making of this beautiful anthology.

Special thanks also go to Jay Aheer (Simply Defined Art) for the fabulous cover art, Kelly O’Brien for the ‘Love Wins’ artwork, and Petra Howard and Tash Hatzipetrou for proofreading the final document.

Authors Care

When I heard about this blog hop, I knew I had to sign up. It’s so different to any other hop I’ve participated in, and for such a good cause. I’ve known a couple of people that have committed suicide, one through drugs and one through bipolar disorder, and they were both so young, too. Heartbreaking stuff. If this hop can make a change, make people more aware of suicide, more able to support others that are having trouble, feeling down, struggling with illness, both mental or physical, or are being bullied, then I’m all for it.

loveisloveThe GLBTQ community has been hit particularly hard with suicide. People of all genders, orientations and walks of life have been bullied due to their lifestyles and preferences. And it’s not fair. In my opinion, for what it’s worth, love is love. Who cares who loves who? As long as nobody is getting hurt, why on Earth should it matter? I don’t judge people for being gay or lesbian, bisexual, etc. I know people who are GLBTQ, and they deserve to be happy, just like everyone else. They definitely don’t deserve to be judged, or bullied. Equally, everyone is entitled to an opinion, but I’d say this: if you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all. You don’t know how an offhand or offensive comment could hurt someone. Just live and let live, and remember: love makes the world go round. Share a little love, not hate.

Now, onto the prizes.

Personally, I’ll give away one of my gay or lesbian backlist titles (I haven’t covered the other letters yet, but I’ll get there) to a randomly chosen commenter. Make sure to leave your email address in the body of the comment.

And here’s the hop-wide Rafflecopter. Don’t forget to scroll down afterwards and visit all the other sites on the hop.

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