It’s been a dream of mine for a long time to join the RWA. When I first published my novel, I was excited to learn there was even a gay romance chapter! I have butterfies right now as I type that I printed out the application for RWA.
I can’t send it in until I get paid next month, but I had to print it out. I’m too damn excited. Yes, I’m a little sad and pathetic =D. I know I’ll cry when I send in my application to the Rainbow Romance Writers too.
It’s such an amazing moment and so exciting. Thank you so much RWA for stating your position on discrimination:
4. The Board approved adding anti-discrimination language to the Policies and Procedures Manual as follows: Membership shall not be denied to adults because of race, color, gender, age, religion, national origin, marital status, sexual preference, disability, or political affiliation.
5. The Board urges our chapters to make every effort to ensure that their contests and other services are inclusive. While RWA chapters are affiliated as individual corporations, and RWA Staff and Board are not involved in overseeing chapter contests and other programs, both Staff and Board are available to support and advise chapters on best practices.
This is a start. And while the term sexual “preference” isn’t ideal, I think their heart is the the right place and let’s hope they’ll fix the inappropriate use of that word.
But, for now, I’m too excited to join to care. =D! \o/