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LGBTQ Literary Lammy Award Winners

By Charlotte Robinson, June 13, 2022

Lambda Literary announced the winners of the 34th Annual Lambda Literary Awards Saturday evening at a live virtual award ceremony hosted by award-winning writer, activist & media strategist Raquel Willis. Championing works published by emerging authors & small presses this year’s winners list is once again an impressive mix of books from publishers both large & small. For just the second time in Lammy history a self-published work has been recognized with Milena McKay’s "The Headmistress" winning the Lammy for Lesbian Romance. As the Lammys have always done this year’s awards honor exciting new LGBTQ voices like Brian Broome winner in the Gay Memoir/Biography category for his masterful debut memoir “Punch Me Up To the Gods: A Memoir” & Lee Lai whose debut graphic novel “Stone Fruit” won in the LGBTQ Comics category as well as writers who have been excelling in their respective genres for years like Jeanne Thornton whose critically-acclaimed novel “Summer Fun” won the Lammy for Transgender Fiction & Sarah Schulman whose “Let the Record Show: A Political History of ACT UP New York, 1987-1993” one of the best reviewed books of 2021 & won the Lammy for LGBTQ Nonfiction. The evening’s celebration held virtually for the 2nd year due to the COVID-19 pandemic also doubled as a fundraiser to help support Lambda Literary’s programs. Lambda Literary nurtures & advocates for LGBTQ writers, elevating the impact of their words to create community, preserve our legacies & affirm the value of our stories & our lives. Their programs include the Lambda Literary Awards, the Writers Retreat for Emerging LGBTQ Voices & LGBTQ Writers in Schools. 

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