#GAReads | F*** Your Panel on Diversity, What We Need are Diverse Panels
…we collectively took a step in the right direction and started adding panels about diversity to some conferences. These panels allowed folks who inhabit otherness to talk about their experiences. The panels also allowed writers who had historically been underserved and underrepresented to stand up and tell the world they'd been around for a while, kicking ass and telling stories just like everyone else. These panels grew and started being part of more conferences. All of it was good. It still is: it's what needed to happen. But now it's time to move forward. It's time, in the immortal words of noir/pulp queen Christa Faust, to stop putting together panels on diversity and make all panels diverse.