Hi there, Reader. You probably already know about Malinda Lo, author of Ash and Huntress. I got to meet her at Sirens 2010 so let me just add that she's funny, open, smart, and incredibly humble.
She just wrote a fantastic blog post on homophobia and writing Fantasy. I consider it a must read for all writers and readers. What she says can be applied to any prejudice that currently exists in our society--we can rewrite the world.
I hope you check it out: Taking the homophobia out of Fantasy