The winners of the 27th Annual Lambda Literary Awards known as the "Lammys" were announced last night in a gala ceremony hosted by comedienne Kate Clinton at The Great Hall at Cooper Union. The Lambda ceremony brought together over 550 attendees, sponsors & celebrities to celebrate excellence in LGBT literature & 27 years of the groundbreaking literary awards. Feminist Icon Gloria Steinem introduced Rita Mae Brown, author of the classic, Rubyfruit Jungle, who received the Pioneer Award. Describing laughter as "an orgasm of the mind," she praised Brown for always understanding joy & laughter. Brown described Steinem as "our North Star. If you can find her, you'll never be lost." Then gossip columnist Liz Smith introduced filmmaker & author John Waters, who received Lambda's Trustee Award for Excellence in Literature. Smith stated, "Nowadays Andy Warhol," speaking of the icon with whom Waters is often compared, "is a multi-billion-dollar industry, but John Waters is the real thing. John is truly sweet. Andy only appeared that way." Waters's entire speech was punctuated with a steady stream of one-liners. He dubbed the Lammy Awards as the Imperial margarine of queer royalty. He dedicated the award to the original owners of the Provincetown Bookstore where he worked for a summer in his youth & where he received his true education. Lauren Patten of the hit Broadway show Fun Home & performer Toshi Reagon graced the stage with special performances. The celebration continued in SOHO at the VIP After-Party hosted by Scholastic at the Scholastic Greenhouse & Terrace with celebrity DJ Sean McMahill spinning tunes.
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