Elie Wiesel said...
"I swore never to be silent whenever and wherever human beings endure suffering and humiliation. We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented."
Okay, he said that in a very different context, but we're seeing a metric ton of anti-"things I believe in" stuff happening this week, and this is the most recent. Kari Gregg posted about this, including responses from the organization.
I just came away from reading Heidi Cullinan's blog regarding the Romance Writers' Ink's decision to exclude GLBT romances from consideration in a major contest. Read Heidi's blog post here. Heidi's take is that this is a wrong thing done more out of thoughtlessness than malice. She may be right. For whatever reason they decided this, it's still a wrong decision.
Many writers who can express their dismay with better words than mine, including Smart Bitches, PD Singer, Anne Tenino, and Kate McMurray, have weighed in, and I'm sure there will be a lot more said.
There is a petition you can sign to express your disapproval which will generate an email to RWI. They need to see the disapproval for their wrong decision. I'm sorry some of their members are uncomfortable with same sex romances. I'm extremely uncomfortable with "he rapes her til she loves him" plots, but that's allowed. Who else sees the problem here?