Romance Writers Ink, a chapter of the national organization Romance Writers of America, has banned same-sex pairing entries for theirMore than Magic contest in all categories. (the rules and information page can be viewed here: http://rwimagiccontests.wordpress.com/rwi-contests/2012-more-than-magic-rules-information/) (from Anne Tenino’s blog).
I find that in this day and age that the discrimination showed by this organization is despicable. The rules of the contest state:
RWA defines romance as A Central Love Story: The main plot centers around two individuals falling in love and struggling to make the relationship work.
It does not specify that it has to be m/f. Love and romance are not defined by gender nor should it be. It is especially galling when you take into consideration the growing number of m/m ebooks and the excellence in writing so clearly demonstrated.
And then there is the sad sack answer given to Kari Gregg when asked for a rational reason, heck, any reason…
Here is the answer from RWI:
Kari Gregg: I emailed the contest organizer to ask why this change was enacted. The contest organizer replied that RWI chapter members were “uncomfortable” with accepting same-sex contest entries. “Same-sex was just too much.”
The attitudes, hypocrisy, and sheer stupidity of such a decision is appalling. This organization should accept LGTBQ entries and bring their organization into this century. Or lag behind and be left behind.
Write and voice your opinion to:
RWA at email@example.com and/or
email the contest coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org
To sign a petition, go to http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/rwa-shouldnt-be-in-the-business-of-discrimination
The rules and information page can be viewed here: http://rwimagiccontests.wordpress.com/rwi-contests/2012-more-than-magic-rules-information/
I also urge you to go read the blogs listed below. The more voices raised against discrimination and hypocrisy, the louder we become, the greater chance we have of being heard.
Other Blog Posts on this Contest:
http://annetenino.com, “Personal Taste, Public Responsibilities & Discrimination #Rom4All #LGBT #RWA”
http://karigregg.com “What Year Is This? LGBT Romance in the Trenches”
http://heidicullinan.wordpress.com “RWA Shouldn’t Be In The Business of Discrimination”
http://stephanihechtauthor.blogspot.com “Uncomfortable” = Discrimination