When I first read Heidi Cullinan's blogpost this morning, about the RWA banning same-sex romances from their contests, I was pissed. Really, highly pissed. But the more I've debated and thought about it, I've just gotten extremely sad. It's 2012 and I'm hearing about such discrimination, like it's once again the sixties and equal rights are at stake. Equal rights, an issue now, here in America.
I'm just gonna throw my inner Pollyanna out there and say, "Really?!"
I know there are folks who are not of like minds, lots of cultures clash, I completely get that. You can't watch CNN without hearing about someone killing someone because of something, but in the writing world... aren't we above all of that?
According to the Romance Writers of America, it made people uncomfortable. Uncomfortable? Rape makes me uncomfortable, but I read it in literature a lot. Child abuse makes me extremely uncomfortable, again, I read it in a lot of stories. There are a lot of things in the writing world that people aren't going to like... that happens. We're all different and we should be celebrating that!
If I don't like something in a story, I don't read it OR I learn from it. Either way, it's my choice. *I* make the choice. No one else is allowed to make my choices for me, because that's censorship. Censorship is wrong.
And as Heidi said in her post, "Discrimination makes me pretty uncomfortable, too." And it's true. It is absolutely uncomfortable! RWA, a group that I was interested in joining as a romance author, has told me I'm not welcome. That my friends and fellow authors are not welcome.
That is not okay.
Discrimination of any kind, censorship of any kind, is wrong. And it's just sad.
If you feel the same way, please join me in signing the petition to tell the Romance Writers of American that we are not okay with their discrimination.
Thank you for your time.