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Lambda Literary executive director stepping down
2021-11-12

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Lambda Literary Executive Director Sue Landers announced that she is stepping down.

In an open letter, Landers stated, "On December 1, I will step down as executive director. Maxwell Scales and Cleopatra Acquaye-Reynolds will join the organization as co-interim executive directors, while Lambda's board conducts a search for the organization's next visionary leader.

"I am grateful to have led Lambda during a time of historic change. As COVID-19 touched all of our lives, it decimated far too many nonprofits. As you know, even Lambda came close to shutting our doors. Thankfully, that didn't come to pass because you—our community and allies—dug deep to ensure Lambda's solid financial footing. I am proud to say that Lambda Literary is here to stay.

"Beyond disruption, the pandemic gave Lambda the opportunity to reconsider who we are, who we serve, and what we do. With support from our wonderful board, I led a process that resulted in a new strategic roadmap for Lambda with justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion at its core.

Landers also pointed out some of her accomplishments, such as the organization now offering seven Lammy Awards and quadrupling the reach of LGBTQ Writers in Schools. Regarding the latter, Lambda Literary will serve 10,000 young people this year, ensuring that more young people have access to powerful and affirming LGBTQ books.

Landers has been executive director since 2018.


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