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Lambda Literary Award

Lambda Literary Awards (also known as the "Lammies") are awarded yearly by the US-based Lambda Literary Foundation to published works which celebrate or explore LGBT themes. Categories include Humor, Romance and Biography. To qualify, a book must have been published in the United States in the year current to the award. The Lambda Literary Foundation states that its mission is "to celebrate LGBT literature and provide resources for writers, readers, booksellers, publishers, and librarians - the whole literary community. The awards were instituted in 1988.

Controversy

Bisexual Community/Bi Any Other Name

In 1992 despite requests from the bisexual community for a more appropriate and inclusive category, the groundbreaking bisexual anthology Bi Any Other Name: Bisexual People Speak Out by Loraine Hutchins and Lani Kaahumanu was forced to compete (and lose) in the category "Lesbian Anthology".

Led by BiNet USA., the American Institute of Bisexuality and assisted by other bisexual organizations including BiPOL, Bialogue and Bi Writers Association a group of bisexual rights activists launched a multi-year struggle that eventually culminated in 2006 with the addition of a Bisexual category.

Transgender Community/The Man Who Would Be Queen

In 2004, the book The Man Who Would Be Queen: The Science of Gender-Bending and Transsexualism by the highly controversial researcher J. Michael Bailey was announced as a finalist in the Transgender category of the 2003 Awards.

Transpeople immediately protested the nomination and gathered thousands of petition signatures in opposition within a few days. After the petition, the Foundation's judges examined the book more closely, decided that they considered it transphobic and removed it from their list of finalists. Within a year the executive director who had initially approved of the book's inclusion resigned. Executive Director Charles Flowers stated, "Further, the Bailey incident revealed flaws in our awards nomination process, which I have completely overhauled since becoming the foundation’s executive director in January 2006."

2001 winners

  • Anthologies/Fiction: Helen Sandler, ed. Diva Book of Short Stories (Millivres)
  • Anthologies/Nonfiction: Constantine-Simms, ed. The Greatest Taboo: Homosexuality In Black Communities (Alyson)
  • Autobiography/Memoir : Andrew Solomon, Noonday Demon (Scribner)
  • Biography: Barry Werth, The Scarlet Professor: Newton Arvin (Doubleday)
  • Children's/Young Adult: Julia Watts, Finding H.F. (Alyson)
  • Erotica: Ian Philips, See Dick Deconstruct: Literotica for the Satirically Bent (AttaGirl)
  • Gay Men's Fiction: Allan Gurganus, The Practical Heart (Knopf)
  • Gay Men's Mystery: Michael Nava, Rag and Bone (G.P. Putnam)
  • Gay Men's Poetry: Mark Doty, Source (HarperCollins)
  • GLBT Studies: Joyce Murdoch and Deb Price, Courting Justice: Gay Men and Lesbians v. the Supreme Court (Basic)
  • Humor: David Rakoff, Fraud (Doubleday)
  • Lesbian Fiction: Achy Obejas, Days of Awe (Ballantine)
  • Lesbian Mystery: Ellen Hart, Merchant of Venus (St. Martin’s)
  • Lesbian Poetry: Adrienne Rich, Fox (Norton)
  • Photography/Visual Arts: David Deitcher, Dear Friends: American Photographs of Men Together, 1840-1918 (Harry N. Abrams)
  • Romance: Silvia Brownrigg, Pages for You (FS&G)
  • Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror: Melissa Scott and Lisa A. Barnett, Point of Dreams (Tor)
  • Small Press: Mariana Romo-Carmona, Conversaciones! (Cleis)
  • Spirituality (tie): Ken Stone ed. Queer Commentary and the Hebrew Bible (Pilgrim)
  • Spirituality (tie): Bernard Duncan Mayes, Escaping God’s Closet: The Revelations of a Queer Priest (Univ. Press of Virginia)
  • Transgender/Bisexual: Virginia Ramey Mollenkott, Omnigender: A Trans-religious Approach (Pilgrim)

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