In the Horror Writers Association group on Facebook, someone asked for horror poetry book suggestions. Someone else replied that they hated poetry and used a homophobic slur. That escalated into worse when another member pointed out their bigotry. I mean, denigrating poetry is bad enough (😡) but adding homophobic slurs!? Of course, this hateful person commented that they were entitled to their opinion.
Happily, the HWA banned the person (who probably wasn’t even an actual member of the HWA) for life and the organization’s president John Palisano wrote a strongly worded response about the group’s zero tolerance for hate and threatening speech.
I’m thankful and heartened by the HWA’s quick action, because I was really upset by the incident. Now I’m happy to say I feel especially welcome by the HWA, and proud to be a member.