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.