This FAQ is a work in progress.
-What is International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia?
- From the IDAHO FAQ: "In practice, our first objective is to provoke action. Actions can take place in a number of different forms: a debate in the classroom, an exhibition in a cafe, a demonstration in the street, a radio program, a screening in a neighbourhood home, a round table organized by a political party, a short story competition sponsored by a newspaper, an awareness campaign led by an association, etc. These initiatives can be backed by LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bi, Trans) associations, by human rights organizations, but also by women and men of any background and interest."... "The second goal of this Day is to reinforce the visibility of the varied and often isolated efforts from activists all over the world. Actions happening the same day will benefit of the collective visibility and will gain in effectiveness and impact."
- Are you using IDAHO to promote yourselves?
- No. The intention of this hop is not to self-promote, but to use our reach to send out a message. As mentioned in the IDAHO FAQ, the goal of the day is to provoke action, which can be done in many different ways. Our way is to get our readers to stop by and read our messages and hopefully leave comments with messages of their own.
- What's a blog hop?
- Please take a look at this post.
- Where can we get the latest news on the hop?
- Here on our blog, Facebook page, and Twitter.
- I want to become a volunteer
- Think you'd make a good addition to our team? Please contact Erica (eripike at gmail dot com).
- Who can participate? Participation requirements:
- For now, you must be an author, publisher, reviewer, or a cover designer of LGBTQ fiction and provide a link to your blog and active email address.
- I don't write/review/publish LGBTQ literature, can I still take part?
- Not this year. However, we're planning on expanding the hop beyond the LGBTQ writing community by introducing genre hops. If you're interested in volunteering for your respective genre, please contact us.
- I write LGBTQ fiction, but also other stuff. May I still take part?
- Yes. You do not have to write, publish, review, or cover design LGBTQ works exclusively to take part.
- What does participating entail?
- Participating requires that you create a post on your blog for the hop on May 17. The post must include:
» The HAHABT image, with a link to the official hop site: http://hopagainsthomophobia.blogspot.com/
» Note that it's the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia in the post, and include a topic that relates to LGBTQ.
» An LGBTQ-related prize, such as donations in the winner's name, paperbacks or ebooks (your own or someone else's), swag, t-shirts, or anything you like that is connected to the LGBTQ community.
» (Optional) Links to the other blog participants (we'll offer a code that you can put at the bottom of your post to link to multiple other participants).
- Why Prizes?
- We want to attract people to get involved with the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia and this is how we choose to do it.
- I didn't get my prize.
- Every blog participant is responsible for his/her own contest and for delivering their prizes. HAHABT is not responsible for undelivered prizes.
- Is this only for writers of LGBTQ romance?
- Nope. It's open to all of LGBTQ literature, including non-fic, poetry, general fiction, or even manga/comics.
The sign-up process
- What do I need to do to sign up?
- Click on the small blue "Add your link" button below all the purple names. Type in your blog link, your name, the group indicator behind your name, and your active email address. Your email address will not be shared with anyone and will not be used for any other purposes than to send out a few HAHABT reminders before the hop starts.
May I link directly to my sales page?
- No. This is a blog hop and you need to link to your blog. You can't write a message about LGBTQ matters on an Amazon sales page.
- What's that shiny red X behind my name?
- That's your option to remove yourself from the hop. Don't be tempted to click it unless you mean it!
- What do those letters behind the participants names mean?
- Gay: (M/M); Lesbian: (F/F); Trans: (TR); Bi: (BI); Reviewers: (REV); Publishers: (PUB); Cover designers: (DES). If you write, publish, review or design more than just one LGBTQ group, add (MULTI) behind your name. Please note that M/F stories aren't a part of this hop yet, so if you write F/F and M/F, please only add the F/F behind your name.
- Why do we need to add those indicators to our names?
- Because Erica is obsessed with numbers and research and she wants to keep an eye on sign-ups in order to know how to improve promo for next year.
- Shit! I forgot to add an indicator behind my name!
- Don't panic! You can either delete your name from the list by clicking the small red X or let us know and we'll re-register for you with an indicator behind your name. In fact, if we see a name without an indicator, we reserve the right to delete that name and re-register with an indicator.
More to come!