About 10 or 11 years ago a publisher with whom I was working closely said, "Ryan, you have to join RWA." And I replied the same way I reply to anyone who says something like that to me, "I don't have to do anything." (RWA is Romance Writers of America.)
With that said, I obviously haven't been following the controversy regarding RWA too closely, but ever since that homophobic Hallmark debacle a few weeks ago I do think this entire mess is post-worthy. So I'll just post links that I found helpful in trying to parse the whole situation.
Last night I saw a Tweet with a link leading to an online petition where they are trying to recall a gay romance author with whom I'm not familiar, Damon Suede, as president-elect. Here's a link but the petition isn't "accepting responses" now. At this moment, I have no idea what that means. Apparently, this is an ongoing story.
Update: Here's a link to a recent letter regarding the recall of Damon Suede.
However, this next web site I'm linking to next gives an excellent run down of what's been happening overall. I don't know the author, but she did a damn good job putting it all together to make it coherent. Here's that link.
As far as I know, all this started when someone filed an ethics complaint against long time romance author, Courtney Milan. Since then the controversy has continued to escalate. It's even made mainstream news.
The controversy was sparked this summer when Milan in a tweet called Kathryn Lynn Davis’ 1999 book “Somewhere Lies the Moon” an “(expletive) racist mess.” Davis and fellow writer Suzan Tisdale filed complaints. Milan was suspended Monday, sparking an outcry from fellow Romance Writers of America members and making #IStandWithCourtney trend.
You can read more of this, here.
Of course Courtney Milan naturally defended her position, and with some very strong words. She referred to Damon Suede as an "inveterate, constant liar." And then she goes on to list a few of his statements. Here's a link to her Twitter account.
I think with the links I've provided you'll get the gist of all this, and if you want more information you can do a simple search and it's all there. I'm sure we'll read more in the near future, and there will be more Tweets.
I don't know Courtney Milan personally, however, I have seen Milan on Twitter over the years and I know two things for certain about her: one, she's an exceptionally brilliant woman with an articulate legal mind, and two, she's usually right.
Ten Best Queer TV Shows of the 2010s
On a much brighter more positive note, here's another end of the year run down on the 10 best queer TV shows from the last decade.
It's a great list and I've seen them all. One of my favorites was Transparent. And it wasn't just because Transparent was a queer show. It was well written and I loved all the characters. I cared about them. It's a shame what happened there. If you haven't watched the series finale, which is actually a musical, you should check it out. Judith Light alone blew that one out of the proverbial park. But they were all wonderful.
Here's the link to check them all out.
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