Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Lambda Literary Award Winners

The winners of the 29th LGBT Annual Lambda Literary Awards (the "Lammys") were announced at a gala ceremony hosted by multi-genre artist Justin Vivian Bond at NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts. The Lambda ceremony brought together over 500 attendees, sponsors & celebrities to celebrate excellence in LGBT literature & 29 years of the groundbreaking literary awards. Bond stated, "Authors putting words in order artfully & with thought is a revolutionary thing in the climate we are living in. I want to congratulate everyone who's nominated tonight. We're here to celebrate you for the gift you have given us with your artistry." One of the highlights was Jacqueline Woodson who was honored with the Visionary Award. Cynthia Nixon Tony Award-winning actress introduced Woodson stating, “Jacqueline is writer who is part of the institution but stands outside it & critiques. She is the writer, the friend, the citizen these times demand.” Accepting the Visionary Award, Woodson noted, "The work we do as a queer community for the generations beyond us make me proud to be standing here & accept this award." Other winners included David France for “How to Survive a Plague: The Inside Story of How Citizens & Science Tamed AIDS” which is a companion book to his award-winning documentary film, in LGBT Nonfiction & LGBT activist Cleve Jones for “When We Rise: My Life in the Movement” that was turned into a ground-breaking ABC miniseries won in Gay Memoir/Biography. Cleve stated, "I wrote this book because the LGBT movement saved my life & I'm ready to keep fighting." Tony Valenzuela, Lambda Literary Executive Director concluded "In a year of great political turmoil, the Lammys are a reminder that our LGBTQ writing community remains at the forefront of resistance to attacks on our communities. Congratulations to all the winners and honorees. You inspire us."
For Info & Winners: lambdaliterary.org 
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