Why Diversity Matters

Recently, folks inside of a writers’ organization I’m part of have been discussing whether or not we should have a diversity initiative. Now, I need to be clear that the organization in question has never discriminated on the basis of race, gender, national origin, sexual orientation, religion, or anything other than whether or not a potential member is a professional science fiction or fantasy writer, and so the conversation is not whether or not diversity is a good or a bad thing, but rather is focused on whether or not it’s necessary to specifically reach out to members of underrepresented groups, especially when doing so could be seen as marginalizing those who don’t fit neatly into the groups we identify as underrepresented. The feelings I’ve been expressing there I think deserve to be summed up publicly, because diversity matters.  Continue reading