Comedienne Kate Clinton to Host Ceremony
Stellar Lineup of Presenters includes
Olympia Dukakis & Charles Busch!

Special Performance by Lypsinka
Lady Bunny to DJ VIP After-Party!

The Lambda Literary Foundation is pleased to announce this year’s Pioneer Award recipients: Kate Millett and Armistead Maupin. They will be honored at the 24th Annual Lambda Literary Awards (“Lammys”) ceremony to be hosted by comedienne Kate Clinton on Monday, June 4th in New York City at the CUNY Graduate Center, Proshansky Auditorium (365 Fifth Avenue at 34th Street). Legendary entertainer Lypsinka will give a special performance at the ceremony. The VIP After-Party, immediately following at Slate (54 West 21st Street), will feature celebrity DJ, Lady Bunny. The Lammys brings together over 400 attendees, sponsors, and celebrities to celebrate excellence in LGBT literature, making it the most glamorous LGBT literary event in the country.

Both Millett and Maupin were pioneers in lesbian and gay literature in the 1970s. Millett, a feminist, author, filmmaker, and sculptor, established her voice in second-wave feminism in 1970 with her seminal work Sexual Politics. In 1976 Maupin launched his groundbreaking Tales of the City serial in the San Francisco Chronicle. He is the author of nine novels, including the six-volume Tales of the City series, Maybe the Moon, The Night Listener and, most recently, Michael Tolliver Lives. Three miniseries starring Academy Award-winning Olympia Dukakis and Laura Linney were made from the first three Tales novels. The Night Listener became a feature film starring Robin Williams and Toni Collette. Dr. Eleanor Pam, a pioneer in the Women’s movement and a founding member of NOW, the National Organization of Women, as well as an expert on women and violence, will introduce Millet.  Dukakis, who was nominated for an Emmy for her portrayal of Mrs. Anna Madrigal in the miniseries, will introduce Maupin.

“It’s impossible to imagine LGBT and feminist literature today without the groundbreaking influence of our 2012 Pioneer Award recipients Armistead Maupin and Kate Millett,” says LLF Executive Director, Tony Valenzuela.  “Lambda’s Pioneer Awards are important precisely because they recognize the literary lions that have moved our storytelling and our thinking forward.”

Previous Lammy finalist and 2010 Pioneer Award recipient, Kate Clinton, will infuse the gala celebration with her brand of topical, political comedy that the New York Times has called, “Quick-witted, clear-spoken… and a bizarrely logical, seemingly free-associating style of delivery…” With a career spanning almost thirty years, she has worked through economic booms and busts, Disneyfication and Walmartization, gay movements and gay markets, lesbian chic and queer eyes, and eight presidential inaugurals.

Once again, The Lammys will raise the bar for glamour with its dazzling roster of presenters from the worlds of film, television, theatre, politics, religion, sex, and of course literature. Gracing the stage will be: award-winning actor, playwright, novelist, screenwriter, director, and drag legend Charles Busch; movie star and author Ally Sheedy; Ross Bleckner, globally acclaimed artist and United Nations Goodwill Ambassador; Frank Bruni, the first openly gay Op-Ed columnist of the New York Times, the former chief restaurant critic of the New York Times, and New York Times best-selling author; Ted Allen, Emmy Award winning host of Chopped on Food Network and star of Queer Eye for the Straight Guy; Wally Lamb critically acclaimed, best-selling author; Judith Regan, legendary publisher, journalist, TV and radio talk show host; Susie Bright, legendary sex-positive feminist author and speaker; Anthony Rapp, singer, stage and film actor, and star of the original Broadway production of Rent; Lucy Sexton, performance artist and magazine editor; Michael Nava, award-winning novelist, and judicial attorney for California Supreme Court Justice, Carlos R. Moreno; Jacqueline Woodson, award-winning author of children’s books; Paul Schindler, editor-in-chief at Gay City News; J. Bob Alotta, executive director of Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice; Janet Mock, writer, trans advocate and People.com editor; Rodney Evans, film director and writer; Sinclair Sexsmith, lesbian erotica author and editor; Liz Scheier, veteran book editor; Teresa DeCrescenzo, LLF Board Treasurer and founder of Gay and Lesbian Adolescent Social Services; Amy King, poet and activist; and Emanuel Xavier, poet, novelist and activist.

“Honestly, where else can you see all these people on the same stage in a single evening–the illustrious, the infamous, the gorgeous and the wise,” says David McConnell, Host Committee and Board of Trustees Co-Chair.

Corporate Sponsors:

Benefactor Level: Harper Perennial, CLAGS (The Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies) and Ketel One Vodka

Mentor Level: American Institute of Bisexuality

Friends Level: Bywater Books, Arsenal Pulp Press, Seal Press, Beacon Press, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, The Feminist Press, Torquere Press, Northwest Press, Cleis Press

Gift Bag Level: Scholastic, Sarabande, Northwest Press

Event and Ticket Information:

The 24th Annual Lambda Literary Awards ceremony will be held on Monday, June 4, 2012 at the CUNY Graduate Center, Proshansky Auditorium (365 Fifth Avenue at 34th Street). Immediately following the ceremony will be a VIP After-Party at Slate (54 West 21st Street).

6:00 P.M.: Cocktail reception

7:00 P.M.: Ceremony

9:30 P.M.: VIP After-Party at Slate

Tickets for the Lambda Literary Award ceremony and After-Party can be purchased here: www.lambdaliterary.org/awards.

To see the list of current  Lambda Literary Award finalist click here.

24th Annual Lambda Literary Awards Host Committee

David McConnell – Co-Chair Don Weise – Co-Chair S. Chris Shirley – Co-Chair
Charles Rice-Gonzalez –Director Jamie Brickhouse – Publicity Chair
Brad Boles James Brooks Mario Lopez-Cordero
David Gale James Hannaham Wayne Hoffman
Michele Karlsberg Dean Klinger Jay Moore
Dan Manjovi Bill Miller Heather O’Neill
Pauline Park Lori Perkins Jay Plum
Melanie LaRosa Patrick Ryan Liz Scheier
Bob Smith Jerl Surratt Linda Villarosa
Warren Wilson

 



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