Tuesday, June 3, 2014

26th Lambda Award Winners

The winners of the LGBT 26th Annual Lambda Literary Awards known as the "Lammys" were announced Monday night in a gala ceremony hosted by comedienne Kate Clinton at The Great Hall at Cooper Union in NYC. The Lambda ceremony brought together over 500 attendees, sponsors & celebrities to celebrate excellence in LGBT literature & 26 years of the groundbreaking literary awards. Kate Bornstein was presented the Pioneer Award by her life partner Barbara Carrellas who said that when people are asked what Kate Bornstein means to them, "the overwhelming answer is 'Kate Bornstein saved my life.'" Bornstein's call to action to stop the history of shaming with regard to sex & gender brought the audience to a standing ovation. Cartoonist Justin Hall, award-winning creator of the series True Travel Tales presented the Board of Trustees Award for Excellence in Literature to Alison Bechdel stating that her body of work from her comic strip Dykes to Watch Out For to graphic memoirs Fun Home & Are You My Mother? solidify her unique place in the comic book cannon. Obie Award-winning performance artist & past Lambda Award winner Justin Vivian Bond graced the ceremony with a special "half-time" performance. Tony Valenzuela, Lambda Literary Foundation Executive Director stated, "Throughout the beautiful ceremony, we were reminded of the meaningfulness of LGBT literature & writers in our lives. Congratulations to all the winners & honorees." The celebration continued at the VIP After-Party hosted by Scholastic at the Scholastic Greenhouse & Terrace with DJ Sean McMahill.
For Full List of Winners: lambdaliterary.org 
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