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The 23rd Annual Triangle Awards were presented at the Tishman Auditorium of the New School last week. The awards are meant to honor excellence in gay and lesbian fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Alan Hollinghurst, known for his Man Booker Award-winning novel, The Line of Beauty, proudly received the 2011 Publishing Triangle’s Bill Whitehead Award for Lifetime Achievement. For a complete list of award winners, please visit Windy City Media.
Proud on the Page: Author Lesléa Newman says our Lives are Worth Celebrating: There’s nothing groundbreaking about a pint-sized boy serving as a ring bearer at a wedding in a colorful children’s book…that is, until he delivers the rings to his two moms in the end. Author of controversial children’s book, Heather Has Two Mommies, Lesléa Newman’s latest work titled Donovan’s Big Day was released late last month. Newman chats about her new release, the importance of gay marriage, and why all families deserve recognition. [PrideSource]
Jennifer Carr Tells Kids to ‘Be Who You Are’: It is difficult for Jennifer Carr to find a children’s book that incorporates the experiences of all the members in her family. Carr is the mother of a transgender 7-year-old girl, and when she couldn’t find a storybook about a family with a transgender child, she decided to write one herself. Published last year, the illustrated book is titled Be Who You Are and follows the story about a male child named Nick who transitions into girlhood. To read more about the Carr family, visit Windy City Media.
A Crop of New Books Explores Homosexuality and the Church: Gay Christians are seeking to combat common fundamentalist beliefs on homosexuality by releasing affirming books exploring scripture and biblical authority anew. Patrick S. Cheng’s Radical Love: An Introduction to Queer Theology (Church Publishing/Seabury) and Carter Heyward’s Keep Your Courage: A Radical Christian Feminist Speaks (Church Publishing/Seabury) are only two of the recently released books that challenge heterosexist church views. For a full list of recent releases in this area, see Publishers Weekly.