The Outer Alliance + The Turing Petition
So, first off, we have The Outer Alliance, a new organisation set up with the aim of "education, support, and celebration of LGBT contributions in SF/F writing."
To quote from the main page of the blog:
Who is invited into the Outer Alliance? Anyone who supports the community’s tenets and is committed to engaging in intelligent discussion about LGBT issues in SF/F. This is a group founded in the belief that the best course against bigotry and discrimination is by rising above it, not stooping down to it.
This group is open to all writers (professionals and fledgelings alike) of SF/F (speculative, horror, paranormal, etc)–and their friends–of any inclination.
Obviously, I've signed up myself and encourage yez all to do the same, and to spread the word. I endorse this wholeheartedly.
Secondly, by way of Cheryl Morgan, I found out today about a petition asking the UK government to issue an apology for the persecution of Alan Turing that lead to his eventual suicide. If you're a UK citizen, again I encourage yez to go add your voice in the memory of a man who kind of classifies as a fricking war hero, as far as I'm concerned. Yes, apologies are symbolic, but sometimes symbols are important.