New York, NY, May 4, 2023 Lambda Literary, the nation's premier LGBTQ literary arts organization, announced updates and additions, including host, special guests and more at the upcoming 35th Annual Lambda Literary Awards aka "the Lammys!"
Updates to the program include film pioneer Lilly Wachowski, who will be presented with the Visionary Award, author Maia Kobabe, whose book "Genderqueer" has been targeted as one of the most banned books in the nation, will receive the Trustees' Impact Award, to be presented by icon and "Fun Home" author Alison Bechdel.
In addition, Charis Books is receiving the Publishers Award. River Butcher, an out, trans comedian and host, will serve as emcee.
Following the award ceremony, the afterparty will be DJed by DJ Reborn.
Finally, the dinner features a menu curated by celebrity chef Mina Newman (2009 Chopped winner) and specialty cocktails.
This year, the Lammys celebrates 35 years of championing the crucial role LGBTQ+ writers play in shaping the world. In today's cultural climate, when our work is perhaps at its most critical, Lambda Literary reclaims its place as the premier Pride Month opening celebration by returning IN PERSON for the first time since 2019. The celebration will be held in high-stepping style at our new home on Broadway, NYC's Art Deco Classic The Edison Ballroom!
To announce this year's Lammy Award winners, special prize winners, and community honorees, this year's Lammys offers its first HYBRID format featuring a live virtual experience which meets with our in-person event.
Lambda Literary is Coming (back) Out! THE 35TH ANNUAL LAMMY AWARDS
June 9, 2023 in New York Citty, The Edison Ballroom :: 240 West 47th St, New York City, NY 10036
Red carpet & VIP reception@ 5:30 PM, cocktails, mocktails, and rre-show merriment
Awards @ 7:00 PM, Cabaret-style seating + open bar + catering by celebrity chef Mina Newman
Roof top aftter party @ 9:30 PM. Featuring DJ Reborn
Tickets now available here: lambdaliterary.org/awards/get-tickets/ .
While the Lammys are only one night, proceeds from ticket sales support LGBTQ storytelling year round. This includes the LGBTQ Writers-in-Schools program, which has brought LGBTQ books and authors to over 7,000 students throughout New York City, a
s well as the Writer's Retreat for Emerging LGBTQ Voices, the only multi-genre writing residency exclusively for emerging LGBTQ writers.
The Lammys are the most prestigious award in LGBTQ publishing, with 75 judges who spent six months considering a record-breaking number of submissions. Young Adult and Speculative Fiction continue to drive the growth seen in the last few years of submissions according to Lambda's Director of Programs and Operations, L. D. Lewis. Finalists and winners will be formally and fashionably celebrated at June 9th's awards ceremony held at the Lammy's new home, the Edison Ballroom, New York City's Art Deco classic on Friday, June 9th.
Additional information about this year's finalists and the June 9th award ceremony is available here: lambdaliterary.org/awards/ .