Fiction markets that refuse to accept LGBTI or queer content need to be exposed and held to account for their reactionary ideas in order to pressure them to reject these ideas as well as to alert queer writers to avoid these markets, and instead support queer-friendly publications.
Recently The Outer Alliance had a debate after a member had some trouble dealing with a homophobic editor. Bart Leib, editor of Crossed Genres submitted an ad to Flash Fiction Online calling for submissions to his queer-themed issue. The ad was rejected on the basis that it was sexual, of course with the homophobic idea that queer people are all about sex. Of course, the same isn’t said about straight people usually.
Bart responded and questioned the decision leading to Bart posting this blog post exposing the market as pretty unlikely to accept queer-themed stories:
I would probably not publish stories where the purpose was to justify or condone homosexual relationships, polyamory, and so on…
I encourage you to read the whole blog post linked above as it ads more context to what the editor said and exposes the person as someone with quite backward and reactionary ideas about a whole swathe of things including divorce and sex.
This editor doesn’t want to make public his dislike for stories that condone homosexuality, because it would ‘confuse’ people. But I think he doesn’t want to do it because he wants to hide his homophobic ideas in order for people to not see him as an outright bigot.
I had been considering submitting work to Flash Fiction Online prior to this, but am now boycotting reading and submitting to the market on the basis of homophobic guidelines. I won’t even submit my non-queer work to markets like this as I don’t want to be associated with such a publication.
I encourage all other writers that support LGBTI rights to do the same.
I will also be posting a version of the advertisement at the top of my blog in solidarity with queer-themed markets, and as a way to encourage people to support these markets.