May 2017: the Transgender Law Center

Welcome back!

HEAling the World is one way for the romance community to work towards the happily-ever-after we want for our world. Every month for eighteen months, romance authors will share favorite charities or organizations.

Today B R Sanders is here to talk about the Transgender Law Center. Welcome, B!


The Transgender Law Center is a nonprofit focused on improving and protecting the lives of transgender people by leveraging the legal system. They provide legal resources to transgender individuals, information about legal rights to transgender people, and advocate for transgender rights in policy discussions across the country.

As both a transgender person and the parent of a transgender child, the work of this organization is near and dear to my heart. Federal protections for transgender people are not well-known, and not very robust. State-level protections for transgender people vary widely from state to state. When Trump was elected, the Transgender Law Center was there to help people all over the country connect with lawyers pro-bono to get name change and sex change documentation in place before Trump was sworn in. The Center’s areas of work range from employment protections to prison reform to transgender youth rights to immigration policy.

People can donate here. (You can make it a standing monthly donation by choosing “monthly” from the drop-down menu that appears after you enter your amount.)

The giveaway! I’m giving away a copy of my fantasy romance Ariah to the first five donors. Ariah was a 2015 Bisexual Book Of the Year (Speculative Fiction) and was on the 2015 Tiptree Award Long List!

Ariah_FINAL_frontcover2Ariah’s magical training has been interrupted. Forced to rely on a mentor, Dirva, who is not who he claims to be, and a teacher who is foreign and powerful, Ariah is drawn into a culture wholly different from the elven one that raised him. As his friendship with Dirva’s brother blossoms into a surprising romance, and he slowly learns how to control the dangerous magic in his blood, life finally appears to be coming together for Ariah—but love and security are cut short by a tyrannical military empire bent on expanding its borders. War, betrayal, passion, and confusion follow Ariah as his perilous journey leads him beyond the walls of the Empire, and into unfamiliar territory within himself. Along the way, he’ll discover just how much he’s willing to give up to find his place in the world, and he’ll learn what it means to sacrifice himself for freedom—and for love.

You can learn more at my website!


AuthorPhoto2Pronouns: they/them/their. B R Sanders is a genderqueer writer who lives and works in Denver, CO, with their family and two cats. B writes about queer elves, mostly, as featured in their two novels, Ariah and their debut novel Resistance, both of which are set in the same universe. They love drinking coffee and sleeping, but alas, drinking coffee makes it hard to sleep. B blogs at brsanderswrites.com and tweets at @B_R_Sanders.


Thanks, B!

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April 2017: the International Rescue Committee

Welcome back!

HEAling the World is one way for the romance community to work towards the happily-ever-after we want for our world. Every month for eighteen months, romance authors will share favorite charities or organizations.

And today Vanessa North is here to talk about the IRC.


1. The organization: the International Rescue Committee.

2. What do they do? The IRC responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises to help people survive and rebuild their lives.

3. How is this organization building a better future, and why is its work important to you? The IRC provides both emergency aid and continued long-term assistance to those displaced by natural disasters, war, and political persecution. They help refugees resettle and rebuild their lives in over 40 countries and 22 US cities, including my home city of Atlanta. The work is important to me because I believe every human life has value and deserves dignity, respect, and the right to thrive, regardless of where they were born or what religion they do or do not practice. The IRC saves lives—and gives refugees a new start. With the current war in Syria displacing countless families and escalation likely, the work that the IRC does is more important than ever.

4. Where can people donate? Right here: https://www.rescue.org/ (Mouseover the “How to Help” tab)

5. The giveaway!  I’m giving away a copy of my contemporary romance Blueberry Boys to the first five donors to comment on this post.blueberryboys_500x750

Blueberry Boys is a story about a man rediscovering his roots, while falling in love with a man reconciling his faith with his life in the closet. It’s a story about love, loss, family, and queerness in a small town, and it’s the most personal thing I’ve ever written. Read more about it here: http://vanessanorth.com/blueberry-boys/


 

file_000-200x300 Vanessa North is an author of queer books and knitter of strange and wonderful things based out of Northwest Georgia, where her half-hearted attempts to keep a quiet home are thwarted by her twin boy-children and she wouldn’t have it any other way. http://vanessanorth.com


Remember, comment on this post to let us know you’ve donated! Comments are moderated so don’t worry if it doesn’t show up right away. I’ll contact the first five for proof of donation. Once everything’s confirmed, Cat will send you your book!

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March 2017: Southern Poverty Law Center

Welcome back!

HEAling the World is one way for the romance community to work towards the happily-ever-after we want for our world. Every month for eighteen months, romance authors will share favorite charities or organizations.

And today Cat Sebastian is here to talk about the SPLC!


1. The organization: The Southern Poverty Law Center.

2. What do they do? The SPLC’s mission is to fight hate and bigotry and protect the rights of the most vulnerable people.

3. How is this organization building a better future, and why is its work important to you? The work done by the SPLC is so important to fighting against recent attacks on immigrant rights, attempts to exclude poor and disabled children from quality education, and discrimination based on LGBTQ status. The SPLC’s work has a national scope, but much of their efforts are targeted on the part of the country where I live, the southeast, which has a terrible track record of educating vulnerable children and protecting LGBTQ people from discrimination.

4. Where can people donate? Right here: https://donate.splcenter.org/sslpage.aspx?pid=463

5. The giveaway!  I’m giving away a copy of my Regency The Soldier’s Scoundrel to the first five donors to comment on this post.
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The Soldier’s Scoundrel is an opposites-attract love story between a rulebending fixer and a disabled soldier with a penchant for law and order, and it’s also my totally unsubtle effort to talk about what happens when the legal system refuses to treat people equally and reasonably.


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Remember, comment on this post to let us know you’ve donated! Comments are moderated so don’t worry if it doesn’t show up right away. I’ll contact the first five for a screenshot of your donation receipt (a forwarded email is also fine if that’s easier, and it’s okay to blur or black out sensitive information). Once everything’s confirmed, Cat will send you your book!

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February 2017: GLSEN

Welcome to our second month!

HEAling the World is one way for the romance community to work towards the happily-ever-after we want for our world. Every month for eighteen months, romance authors will share favorite charities or organizations.

And today Santino Hassell is here to talk about GLSEN!


1. The organization: GLSEN (formerly known as the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network).

2. What do they do? GLSEN is an organization that seeks to end bullying, discrimination, and other issues facing LGBT+ students in grades K-12 around the nation.

3. How is this organization building a better future, and why is its work important to you? GLSEN has national and local branches that seek to support queer students as well as teaching educators how to further support those students in the public school system. There’s an emphasis on building safe spaces as well as combatting bullying.

Their work is important to me because while school is a safe place for many children, it can sometimes be the most dangerous place for queer youth due to bullying and lack of support from oblivious or unsympathetic staff. Now that queer rights have become front and center on the political stage, it is key for young queer people to be protected.

4. Where can people donate? There are various ways to support GLSEN including a monthly donation: http://www.glsen.org/support/giving

sutphinboulevardfs5. The giveaway! I’m giving away a digital copy of Sutphin Boulevard to the first five donors to comment on this post.

Sutphin Boulevard is about a closeted gay high school teacher named Michael Rodriguez. He’s struggling with trouble both at work and at home while using alcohol to cope with stress. At the end of the day, it’s only the love of his best friend that will save him once he begins to spiral.


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Santino writes queer romance that is heavily influenced by the gritty, urban landscape of New York City, his belief that human relationships are complex and flawed, and his own life experiences. You can find out more about Santino and his books at santinohassell.com.


Remember, comment on this post to let us know you’ve donated! Comments are moderated so don’t worry if it doesn’t show up right away. I’ll contact the first five for a screenshot of your donation receipt (a forwarded email is also fine if that’s easier, and it’s okay to blur or black out sensitive information). Once everything’s confirmed, Santino will send you your book!

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January 2017: WOCInRomance

Welcome to the first month of HEAling the World!

HEAling the World is one way for the romance community to work towards the happily-ever-after we want for our world. Every month for eighteen months, romance authors will share favorite charities or organizations. And today Rebekah Weatherspoon is here to talk about Women of Color in Romance!


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1. The organization: WOCInRomance.

2. What do they do? WOCInRomance (Women of Color In Romance) seeks to promote romance novels written by women of color. Through our website, twitter, tumblr, and facebook, we highlight as many new romance novels as possible every week. We’ve found that when readers want to support authors of color, it’s sometimes hard to know where to start, so why not make things a little easier?

3. How is this organization building a better future, and why is its work important to you? There is a great deal of racial discrimination in romance publishing, as in publishing in general. By highlighting these authors we hope to at least try to level the playing field through increased exposure.

4. Where can people donate? WOCINR is always taking monthly contributions through our Patreon.

5. The giveaway! The first 5 $10 donors will receive the following e-books:

Iris After The Incident by Mina V. Esguerra
Fit (#1 in the Fit Trilogy) by Rebekah Weatherspoon
A Perfect Holiday Fling by Farrah Rochon
Cabin Fever by Audra North
Let It Shine by Alyssa Cole


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Raised in Southern New Hampshire, Rebekah Weatherspoon now lives in Southern California where she finally found her love for writing romance. Her BDSM romance At Her Feet won the Golden Crown Literary Award for erotic lesbian fiction and most recently her novella FIT (#1 in the FIT Trilogy) won the Romantic Times Book Reviews Reviewers’ Choice Award for Best Erotica Novella. You can find out more about Rebekah and her books at www.rebekahweatherspoon.com.


Just comment on this post to let us know you’ve donated! (Donors at the $10 level also get to be in the super awesome monthly book club AND nominate for the monthly book, plus get exclusive content.) Rebekah will check it against the Patreon records and contact you with your e-books.

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Every month for eighteen months, beginning in January 2017, romance authors will share favorite charities or organizations. Authors will also give away books to a few donors each month.

HEAling the World will begin in January 2017. A list of participating authors will be available soon.

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