Romance Fiction Competition Bans Stories With Same-Sex Love
via The Guardian:
Romance Writers Ink, the Oklahoma-based chapter of the Romance Writers of America, sparked a bit of outrage recently when the organization banned same-sex fiction from it's writing competition.
Why, exactly? One author who called to complain was told that stories about gays and lesbians were "just too much."
So, vampires and werewolves were fair game in the contest, as long as they weren't gay vampires and werewolves.
The competition ended up getting canceled after an outcry from the writing community. The group issued a (pretty lame) statement that sort of apologizes for the kerfuffle, but really just comes off as a little whiny (the lady who was collecting entries volunteered, you guys!).
They also pointed out that they didn't just ban gays--they weren't accepting YA entries, either. Well, that makes everything better. As long as they hate kids, too...
Seriously though, I guess, maybe, you could make the argument that it's their contest and they can do whatever they want. But I would think that in a competition that would, by its own rules, allow werewolves to have sex with each other (aka bestiality), loving homosexual expression wouldn't be so taboo.
Author Courtney Milan summed up her feelings to The Guardian quite nicely:
"Romance is a genre that is not only about love, but also one that explores people finding an identity and their place within the community. To bar same-sex romances from recognition implies that same-sex couples do not deserve to have the same exploration of identity and community belonging that heterosexual couples enjoy. That is a very dangerous and discriminatory message to send."
So what do you think, LitReactors? Do they have the right to run their contest, or are they a bunch of prudes discriminating against the gay community?
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