Once again we find ourselves in the midst of hateful violence directed at a community of people who've long struggled for their freedom from such acts and to be as they are. As I've always said, when two adults love each other really nobody else should have a say in that matter. Whether they choose to make that commitment in writing or not. It's a basic right that every other adult enjoys, with some racism still existent in certain mixed culture relationships. Some such relationships are tolerated more than others but rarely does it escalate to murder. So how is it that someone can kill over their disapproval of the LGBT community?
Having been a writer for Amnesty International and other causes, I'm used to being scorned and shunned by abusive members of the community (that's does not excuse them for their behavior towards me). Often the worst of it is the members of these groups swapping my identity for that of someone with a much different lifestyle (usually related to drugs and abuse). So the person with whom they swap my identity gets the credit for what I do and I get the burden for their activities. That seems to be the new way of dealing with people with a fairly good moral compass. It's a wonder that members of the LGBT community have not fallen victim to this sort of thing.
As the author of A Lady's Prerogative, I can vouch for the characters of the book when I say that they all support the rights of the LGBT community. I as the author also support the rights of the LGBT (that's short for Lebian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender just in you're unsure).
I have always supported the rights of members of the LGBT community for as long as I can remember and always will despite the fact that I am heterosexual. I don't understand why or how it becomes someone else's business that two adults love each other and how supporting that stance could be a problem for anyone.
So from here on in, let it be known that A Lady's Prerogative does support LGBT rights and the stories and books have breached that topic. In A Lady's Prerogative II: Wounded Aerth (which has been available in first draft format here for some time), there is a Gay couple (Melinda and Bethel who work in the apothecary) flee Sharlesbury to the south and the Haven with Mila, Barris, Sato, Father Elias Wilsen and Darden (the town guard). In the Haven they quickly find that their relationship is accepted by the population of the Haven, those who've been hunted as Wytches themselves and nearly executed upon such false charges.
I`d like to give my condolences to the families and friends of the victims. May one day you all find the Haven which accepts you as you are and so that you may live free from hatred and persecution.
Brian Joseph Johns
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