The winners of the 24th Annual Lambda Literary Awards were announced on Monday night, June 4th 2012 in a sold-out gala ceremony hosted by comedienne Kate Clinton at the CUNY Graduate Center in New York City. Author of the groundbreaking Tales of the City books, Armistead Maupin, and seminal influence on second-wave feminism Kate Millett, were the Pioneer Award honorees.
Awards were presented in twenty-four categories, and this year, awards were given in two categories for Bisexual books: In the Bisexual Fiction category, the award went to ‘The Correspondence Artist’, by Barbara Browning and in Bisexual Nonfiction, to Jan Steckel for ‘The Horizontal Poet‘.
Academy Award-winning actress Olympia Dukakis presented the Foundation’s Pioneer Award to Maupin. A second Pioneer Award was given to iconic feminist Kate Millett and was presented by Dr. Eleanor Pam, a pioneer in the women’s movement and a founding member of NOW, the National Organization of Women, as well as an expert on women and violence. Legendary entertainer Lypsinka gave a special performance at the ceremony, and the VIP After-Party at hotspot Slate was a night to remember with Lady Bunny as DJ. Also in attendance were presenters such as Olympia Dukakis, Charles Busch, Frank Bruni, Ally Sheedy, and Ross Bleckner.
Also in attendance representing the American Institute of Bisexuality (AIB) were: bisexual activist Estraven, from the New York Area Bisexual Network (NYABN); BiNet USA Board member Morgan Goode; and Brooklyn bisexual photographer and author Efrain John Gonzalez. Additionally former Lambda Literary Award finalist and Journal of Bisexuality Guest Editor Ron Suresha was on hand to accept the LGBT Science Fiction /Fantasy/Horror Award on behalf of Lee Thomas for The German.
Ceremony Sponsors included: Harper Perennial, CLAGS (The Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies) and Ketel One Vodka; American Institute of Bisexuality; Bywater Books, Arsenal Pulp Press, Seal Press, Beacon Press, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, The Feminist Press, Torquere Press, Northwest Press, Cleis Press; Scholastic, Sarabande, Northwest Press
Lending it’s support to this important event was the American Institute of Bisexuality (AIB). AIB is an American charitable foundation originally endowed by pioneering bisexual rights activist, author and therapist the late Dr. Fritz Klein to encourage, support and assists research and education about bisexuality, through programs likely to make a material difference and enhance public knowledge, awareness and understanding about bisexuality.
Taking place the same week of Book Expo America – the book publishing industry’s largest annual gathering of booksellers, publishers, and others in the industry – the Lambda Literary ceremony brought together over 400 attendees, sponsors, and celebrities to celebrate excellence in LGBT literature