Friday, 3 February 2012

Sue's Muse: Discrimination From Within the Industry

Before we start, I have to say that I am not a member of the RWA (Romance Writers of America). I would give you a link but for some reason it didn't want me to reach the website.

I am therefore going to link you to two very eloquent blogs on the subject of the recent discrimination by Romance Writers Ink Chapter of RWA.

In their More Than Magic Competition Rules it specifies that – Note: MTM will no longer accept same-sex entries in any category. 

It seems that despite their "judges are chosen for the diversity of their romance reading interests and enjoyment, sense of fair comparison across all categories, and knowledge of the romance genre." they are unable to provide judges for GLBT romance because it makes them "uncomfortable". 

Oh dear. I would suggest that as there is a specific chapter, Rainbow Romance Writers, for this genre, that maybe they could find a judge or two that would be able to handle such uncomfortable material.

Please read Heidi Cullinan or Kari Gregg as their blogs are far more more eloquent than mine and provide more information.

RWI have been unable to provide a better explanation for their discrimination other than it makes them uncomfortable. Let's be more honest, ladies; you are expressing your homophobia in a very direct way. You'll take GLBT money quick enough, but the rainbow kids can't be part of your gang.


  1. What an utter disgrace. I'm shocked. When you get organisations like the RWA displaying and getting away with such blatant homophobia then there is something very wrong with society. It sends out a very disturbing and dangerous message. Their stand is even more shocking and disgusting when you consider it comes in the wake of a spate of tragedies involving LGBT teens, bullied to death because of thei sexuality. Those responsible for this despicable decision ought to be ashamed of themselves, especially the parents among them.

    1. I believe that the RWA says it's up to individual chapters how they organise their contests, but yes, the decisions against discrimination should come from the top.