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Love is Love Poetry Anthology in Aid of the Pulse Victims

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Many of us have been devastated by the recent events in Orlando.

To offer support and love to the community I’m planning to create a

Love is Love POETRY anthology

in support of the victims and their families in Orlando.

All royalties from the book will be donated to the cause.

Currently I intend to contribute the funds HERE.

You do not have to be a published author or poet to submit.

Any poem based on the theme Love is Love will be accepted.

If you would like to assist or contribute in any way, please contact me or leave a comment on this blog post.

I have formed a Facebook group for contributors and supporters of the Love is Love POETRY anthology.

The fabulous Jay Aheer has volunteered to design the book cover.



Submissions can vary in length from one short verse to a maximum of 2000 words.

You do not have to be a published author or poet to submit.

I’m looking for poems that come from the heart and demonstrate your belief that LOVE IS LOVE.

Submission Deadline is June 27th 2016 with the aim to publish before the end of July.

Please email your submission to:

Please include your poem, the name you’d like published, and your country.

It would be helpful if you could send the poem in Times New Roman Size 12.

Only one submission per person at the moment, please.



LGBT Valentine’s Day Blog Hop


Love is love, right?

Wrong! Well, according to certain narrow-minded people on Facebook and elsewhere.

For some time now, people who post photos of two men kissing or holding hands, even if they are clothed, have been reported on Facebook. One of the team investigates and often the picture is not removed because it does not violate their community guidelines. Other times, the person’s profile is banned from posting further pictures for a number of days and warned that the account may be deleted if this occurs again.

Michael Stokes Photography, Jesse Jackman and Dirk Caber, myself, along with many others have been victims of Facebook’s reporting system. It seems anyone can object to any photograph and Facebook investigates.


Michael Stokes Photography was recently banned from Facebook for 30 days after posting this portrait of two uniformed gay police officers kissing.

Michael Stokes is gay and has a huge following within the LGBT community. Yet other photographers and profiles who post similar pictures do not receive such harassment.  There’s no excuse for this. Michael’s photos fully comply with Facebook’s community standards. While Facebook is free to determine those standards, and we may not agree with them, everyone who follows those rules should receive equal treatment. Otherwise, it’s blatant discrimination.


This picture was reported for nudity on my timeline after I posted it in support of Michael Stokes Photography. Facebook decided it did not breach their Community Guidelines on nudity and it was not removed.


 This picture was reported for nudity on my timeline last year.

I had the option to delete it myself. I didn’t. Facebook decided not to remove it.

But the fact remains, anyone can report a picture and it seems LGBT supporters are targeted for attack in this way.

 Everyone has the option of moving on, or unfollowing/blocking the profiles whose posts they don’t like or wish to see.

Any sensible person would make that choice.

It seems that certain people go out of their way to hunt down “gay” pictures and take delight in stirring up trouble by reporting such photographs.


Jesse Jackman and Dirk Caber have been targets of abuse and many of their posts and pictures have been reported.

But they are facing the hate, along with many others who want to end this unfair treatment.

Let’s put an end to anti-LGBT discrimination on Facebook.

Please sign this petition to change the reporting policy to prevent harassment and bullying on Facebook.

THE PETITION: Facebook Jail is the suspension or banning of a Facebook user based upon a breach of their terms and conditions. But it seems that they are extremely one sided on what exactly constitutes a breach. Numerous people are being targeted and bullied by Facebook “trolls” and Facebook is punishing the victims of the attack. These people are having innocent posts, pictures and/or links reported as porn or noncompliance with the rules and regulations Facebook has in place for their Community Standards. The same people are being targeted repeatedly, until they are suspended and ultimately banned from the social media network. Many of these victims use the platform as means of advertising and connecting with their clients and/or fans. This is part of their job and their living, which is being severely hindered by users out to malign and cause damage for their own cause, whatever that may be. Perhaps because of a misinformed morality which pushes them to force their belief systems on others, or just for cruelty sake, no one knows.

More than likely, one of the victim’s so-called “friends” is doing the reporting and there is no way for the victim to discover who this person is in order to unfriend them and stop the harassment, nor is there any recourse for them. If they attempt to contact Facebook about the issue, they are ignored and sometimes even banned. They are simply helpless and at the mercy of a severely flawed system.

Make no mistake, this is harassment, bullying, bigotry, homophobia and prejudice. Facebook’s same rules and regulations do nothing about the fact that there are countless pictures of female nudity on Facebook, which are more porn than artistry. Yet many photographs of males, even if artistic in nature and something that would be permitted on cable television, are being reported by unknown suspects. The victims include Artists, Authors, Gay couples, breast feeding mothers and I am sure countless of others. The situation is ridiculous and needs to be stopped.

Facebook has a block option, which can be utilized at any time if the content of someone’s page is unsatisfactory or offensive. It’s just as simple a process as reporting them, except then the heinous material will never darken the offended party’s page again. That doesn’t seem to be enough for these people.

Please also support other Facebook groups:

I Support Jesse Jackman and Dirk Caber


Michael Stokes Photography


 Giveaway Prize:

The prize is a basic Kindle ereader and 42 ebooks!


Hop sponsors:

A.J. Marcus, Aidee Ladnier, Alexa Milne, Amanda Young, Annabeth Albert, Anne Barwell, April Kelley, Brandon Shire, Bronwyn Heeley, C. J. Anthony, Catherine Lievens, Cecil Wilde, Charlie Cochrane, Christopher Koehler, David Connor, DP Denman, Draven St. James, Elin Gregory, Elizabeth Noble, Ethan Stone, Eva Lefoy, H.B. Pattskyn, Hayley B James, J.M. Dabney, Jennifer Wright, Jessie G, Julie Lynn Hayes, Karen Stivali, Kazy Reed, Kendall McKenna, L M Somerton, Lily G Blunt, Lisabet Sarai, Lynley Wayne, M.A. Church, Megan Linden, Morticia Knight, N.J. Nielsen, Neil Plakcy, Sibley Jackson, Stephen del Mar, Sue Brown, Tali Spencer, Tara Lain, Thianna Durston, TM Smith, Tracey Michael, Shiloh Saddler.

Fabulous Ebook Prizes:

Aidee Ladnier The Break-in
Amanda Young Winner chooses from author’s available titles
Bronwyn Heeley Winner chooses from author’s available titles
C. J. Anthony Heaven
Charlie Cochrane Something from my back list – winner’s choice.
David Connor Tidings of Comfort and Joey Down Under
DP Denman Winner chooses from author’s available titles
Elin Gregory Alike As Two Bees
Ethan Stone Winner chooses from author’s available titles
Eva Lefoy Love is a Mess anthology
H.B. Pattskyn Hanging by the Moment
J.M. Dabney When All Else Fails
Jessie G The Protector
Julie Lynn Hayes When Will I See You Again
Lisabet Sarai Necessary Madness
Lynley Wayne Winner chooses from author’s available titles
M.A. Church The Harvest series (book #1 and book #2)
Morticia knight All Fired Up (Sin City Uniforms 1)
N.J. Nielsen Winner chooses from author’s available titles
Sibley Jackson Private Performance
Sue Brown The Next Call
Tali Spencer Dangerous Beauty
Tara Lain Canning the Center
Thianna Durston The Blake/Dusty Chronicles: Two Sides of the Same Coin
Alexa Milne Rainbow Connection (due out 13th Feb) or Sporting Chance.
Anne Barwell Winner chooses from author’s available titles
April Kelley Whispers of Home
Brandon Shire The Love of Wicked Men – Episode One
Catherine Lievens Jamie
Cecil Wilde Defying Convention
Christopher Koehler Poz
Draven St. James Scent of a Wolf
Elizabeth Noble Winner chooses from author’s available titles
Hayley B James Undercover Addiction
Jennifer Wright All 3 Finding Home Series books – Pavarus, Morvea, & Airos
Karen Stivali Moment of Impact
Kendall McKenna 1) Strength of the Pack 2)Waves Break My Fall
L M Somerton Rasputin’s Kiss
Lily G Blunt Paint the Sky
Megan Linden Running Off the Edge
Stephen del Mar Dark Love
TM Smith Opposites
Tracey Michael Pretty Please

Check out the other Blog Hop sites:

A.J. Marcus
Aidee Ladnier
Alexa Milne
Amanda Young
Annabeth Albert
Anne Barwell
April Kelley
Brandon Shire
Bronwyn Heeley
C. J. Anthony
Catherine Lievens
Cecil Wilde
Charlie Cochrane
Christopher Koehler
David Connor
DP Denman
Draven St. James
Elin Gregory
Elizabeth Noble
Ethan Stone
Eva Lefoy
H.B. Pattskyn
Hayley B James
J.M. Dabney
Jennifer Wright
Jessie G
Julie Lynn Hayes
Karen Stivali
Kazy Reed
Kendall McKenna
L M Somerton
Lily G Blunt
Lisabet Sarai
Lynley Wayne
M.A. Church
Megan Linden
Morticia knight
N.J. Nielsen
Neil Plakcy
Sibley Jackson
Stephen del Mar
Sue Brown
Tali Spencer
Tara Lain
Thianna Durston
TM Smith
Tracey Michael

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