“I was forty-eight years old, Lady Death had just kissed the back of my hand, and I wanted to make peace with my daughter, with whom I hadn’t spoken for nearly sixteen years.”

For the past 25 years the Lambda Literary Foundation has been able to continue celebrating, preserving and promoting the visibility of LGBT writers thanks to the support of community members like you, and today we are asking for your help in this effort by making a tax-deductible donation.

To show our gratitude, all donors of $150 dollars or more will receive a prereleased version of the foundation’s 25th anniversary anthology, 25 for 25, an E-book featuring some of the community’s leading LGBT authors, including: Dorothy Allison, Ellen Bass, Alison Bechdel, Ivan E. Coyote, Jewelle Gomez, Rigoberto Gonzalez, Alex Sanchez, Sarah Schulman, Justin Torres, David Trinidad, Edmund White and many others.

With that in mind, Lambda Literary gives you a sneak peak at Kate Bornstein’s contribution, the prologue from her memoir, A Queer and Pleasant Danger. In this powerful piece, “The Kiss of Death,” Bornstein reflects on her relationship with the daughter she hasn’t spoken to for years and her motivations for writing the book that follows.

Read an excerpt from “The Kiss of Death” here, and to read the full story and delve into the work of featured LGBT authors, please donate $150 or more here.

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