There are a few good posts linked in that linkspam, and a lot of privileged, appropriating straight cis women who think that it's the responsibility of the LGBT community to promote their appropriative efforts and laud them over actual LGBT people writing from our own experiences.
Yet more fandom fail. Yet more straight cis nice white lady fail.
Are we surprised by any of this?
Update: In short:
Straight, cis people care more about their own ability to appropriate queer experience at will and create fictional LGBT people, than they care about promoting actual LGBT people who write their own perspective.
This is all about straight, cis people demanding that they continued to be the favored, centered voices writing LGBT fiction, and acknowledged as such by the LGBT community, over LGBT people themselves.
Privilege: These people are soaking in it.
(Real allies don't step up and demand that their writing ABOUT an oppressed group is more important than that oppressed group writing about THEMSELVES.)
Update 2: I've skimmed a lot of these posts, and they're full of people saying that "heterosexual writers aren't allowed to enter!"
That is patently false and based in cis privilege.
By a reasonable reading of the rules, trans people are welcome to enter.
And trans people are not automatically non-hetero.
A trans woman can be lesbian, straight, bi, or anything else, just like a cis woman.
A trans man can be gay, straight, bi, or anything else, just like a cis man.
A genderqueer / non-gendered / etc person can be homosexual, heterosexual, bisexual, or anything else, just like a binary-identified person.
Some hetero people can indeed compete for these awards. If you think otherwise, please do check your cis privilege, thanks.
Update 3: Great post and comments thread at Ann Somerville's blog, and another good post (no comments enabled) by her, here.
There ARE some good replies to this. There ARE cis, straight people who function as "allies." But there are a heck of a lot of them who clearly do not. (Racism warning: white author compares Lambda Literary Awards to racially segregated drinking fountains.)