The Collection: Short Fiction from the Transgender Vanguard contributor Imogen Binnie explained that the ceremony marked the first time transgender people accepted the award for transgender literature at the Lambdas. The anthology of short stories brings together the work of almost 30 trans-identified writers and won the award for Transgender Fiction.
“Cartoonists tend to have a spotty understanding of the history of their chosen art form, because it’s been so underground, DIY, and disrespected over the years,” Hall says. “LGBTQ history, of course, is in much the same boat, and many queer people have no sense of the important legacies they are part of.”
Other honorees included author Augusten Burroughs, who was presented with the Board of Trustees Award for Excellence in Literature for Running with Scissors. Chicana writer and feminist Cherrie Moraga accepted the Lambda Literary Pioneer Award, and legendary gay novelist Edmund White presented the Lambda Literary Foundation’s Bridge Builder Award to John Irving for his novel In One Person (See interview below).
The Lambda Literary Foundation is dedicated to nurturing and promoting LGBT literature for both established and emerging writers.