In 2013, the Lambda Literary Foundation (LLF) turns silver.

For 25 years LLF has been a lifeboat carrying the precious cargo of the stories of our lives, our struggles and our aspirations to new generations of LGBT readers. Since 1989 LLF has promoted, honored, and preserved LGBT literature in a publishing climate where our voices have often been ignored, rejected or marginalized.

As we enter our 25th year, we need your support more than ever to keep our vital lifeboat afloat, to continue our outreach to our community of writers and readers, and our advocacy on behalf of our literature. This fall, we urgently need to raise $35,000. We are asking you to reach into your pocket to help us achieve that modest goal with the biggest contribution you can afford. Your tax-deductible contribution of $50, $100, $250, $500 or $1000 donation – whatever you can contribute – will help keep us on solid financial footing and keep the beacon burning bright.

What we have achieved in 25 years of unparalleled programs for the LGBT literary community:

At the first Lambda Literary Awards gala in Washington, DC in 1989, LLF honored writers like National Book Award winner Paul Monette (Borrowed Time), Dorothy Allison (Trash), Alan Hollinghurst (The Swimming Pool Library), and Edmund White (The Beautiful Room is Empty). Since then, over 500 Lammys have been awarded, giving national visibility to our literature and helping to launch the careers of some of our most talented authors. We have already started planning for the 25th Annual Lambda Literary Awards, to be held in June in New York City. Additional 25th anniversary events are also planned in Los Angeles and San Francisco.

Equally important to honoring our established writers is our commitment to encouraging new generations of gifted writers. LLF’s Writers Retreat for Emerging LGBT Voices, established in 2007, offers promising writers a competitive and intensive weeklong workshop of instruction, publishing industry know-how, and community building. Among the Retreat’s achieving alums is Justin Torres, author of the nationally acclaimed novel, We the Animals. Watch Justin’s video message about the vital work of the foundation.

Our web magazine, the Lambda Literary Review (established in 1987 as the print journal, Lambda Book Report), publishes more LGBT book reviews than any other publication and is read by over 25,000 unique readers each month. Filled with thought-provoking reviews, comprehensive lists of new releases, publishing industry news relevant to our community, and in-depth interviews of authors, celebrities and publishing industry leaders, the Lambda Literary Review keeps you up to date on the brilliant constellation that comprises the LGBT literary community.

Our newest program, LGBT Writers in Schools, brings such distinguished writers as Dennis Cooper, Christopher Bram, Nina Revoyr and Charles Rice-Gonzalez, into the classrooms to discuss LGBT literature with young people. This tremendously exciting program has received rave reviews from teachers, students and writers and we hope to expand it in the coming year.

Beyond our programs and publications, we exist as a repository for literature that has changed lives. Think of such groundbreaking books and writers as Leslie Feinberg’s Stone Butch Blues and Randy Shilts’s And the Band Played On, works that brought into national consciousness the reality of transgendered lives and the intimate impact of AIDS. LLF recognized, promoted and honored these books when they were first published and LLF helps keep them alive today. Think of all the groundbreaking books that have yet to be written – LLF needs to be there to shine a spotlight on those books. Your generous tax-deductible contribution today will help keep the light on.

In 2013, we turn silver. With your help we will reach gold in another 25 years. Please support the Lambda Literary Foundation by making a tax-deductible contribution today.



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