The Lambda Literary Foundation held its 22nd annual awards ceremony in Manhattan at the School of Visual Arts Theatre on May 27, 2010. The first Lambda Literary Awards were presented at a black-tie gala ceremony in 1989. Every year since then they have been awarded to the finest lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans literature available in the United States. The "Lammy" is the most prestigious, competitive, and comprehensive literary award offered specifically to LGBT authors.
The Lambda Literary Foundation bestows its Pioneer Award on individuals who have broken new ground in the field of LGBT literature and publishing. Established in 1995, the Award honors those who, through their achievements and passionate commitment, have contributed to the LGBT literary community in significant and tangible ways: through works of literature, or by establishing publishing houses, publications, archives, bookstores, or other institutions.
This year, Bilerico's own Kate Clinton was honored with a Pioneer Award. A second Pioneer Award went to the indomitable Larry Kramer. You won't find two more different jewels in the LGBT crown nor any two so valuable and admirable. As Kate put it "Larry and I are like comedy and tragedy. You can decide which is which." She went on to proclaim the fact that she and her girlfriend Urvashi Vaid are the last unmarried twenty-plus year no-pets lesbian couple east of the Mississippi.
The social hour in the theater lobby and the after party of this annual event are wonderful opportunities to meet your literary heroes. And the list of nominees/winners in 23 categories is the best way to structure your summer reading. That list and more photos are after the jump.