I try to be a good and pleasant forum member, but there's one issue that has persistently stuck in my craw (and continues to do so) - and that's the no-slash rule. With the advent of Ep. 7 and several more confirmed queer characters, I think it's high time we took a look at that rule to see if it still holds water. If we can't even keep up with the inclusivity of our series we're fans for, what good are we, really, as fans? The rule sends a pretty clear "straights only" message not just to fanfiction writers but to fans at large. Being told your very existence is taboo is a stark blow to be dealing out on a daily basis to our fellow fans who happen not to be straight. If hands are tied because the owner of the servers has decreed this to be a rule, it may be time to look into a patreon or kickstarter in order to actually create an environment for all fans instead of just the straight ones. At the very least, if the above is true, I think there needs to be substantially more noise made about the subject in order to potentially change minds. I'm heartened to see questions of racism and sexism being addressed on the boards. Now it's time to follow through and make things accessible for our fellow queer fans, too. I mean, come on, it's 2015. It's high time that we started making a place for ALL fans, not just the straight ones, right?