I believe in working hard at NOT being prejudice--against race, sexuality, etc. Humans are drawn to what's familiar, to what reminds them of themselves--we ALL have to work diligently at keeping an open mind.
Embrace "different." You've got "the same" in the mirror. :-)
You must keep sending work out; you must never let a manuscript do nothing but eat its head off in a drawer. You send that work out again and again, while you're working on another one. If you have talent, you will receive some measure of success - but only if you persist. Isaac Asimov (1920 - 1992)