'Her Kind': A Look at VIDA's Online Forum

In May of 2012, VIDA launched Her Kind, an online forum to allow for conversation between women writers on a national scale.

Her Kind editors Rosebud Ben-Oni and Arisa White took some time to have an in-depth discussion with Lambda Literary about the role of Her Kind in the women’s literary community and the ideas it seeks to promote…. read more

People that Make You Pay Attention to Poetry, the Golden Crown Literary Society, the Stoli Vodka Ban, and Other LGBT News

On Thursday, August 1, dozens of same-sex couples in Rhode Island and Minnesota exchanged vows in honor of the first official day that a marriage of this kind could be officiated according to the laws of their respective states. In Minnesota, eager couples were even counting the seconds, as ceremonies began at midnight—nearly 1,000 people… read more

The OutWrite LGBT Book Fair, Mark Edmonson's "Poetry Slam," 'Orange is the New Black,' and Gilbert & George

From Friday, August 2 through Sunday, August 4, the Washington DC Center for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender people will be hosting the 2013 OutWrite LGBT Book Fair, which will include book readings, discussions, and book venders. Authors scheduled to make an appearance include Brittany Fonte, Joseph Ross, Aaron Hamburger, and Kendrick Murry Johnson. Additional… read more

The 2013 Pen Literary Award Shortlists, David Bowie, and other LGBT News

Last week the PEN American Center announced the shortlists and judges for the 2013 PEN Literary Awards. In total, there are 16 awards being offered for outstanding literature in a wide range of genres, from science writing to translation, as well as a wide array of authors, including several LGBT favorites. Every award comes with… read more

Anti-Gay Violence in New York City, A Pro-Gay Graduation Speech, and Other LGBT News

In the last 30 days, there have been a total of seven violent assaults against members of the gay community in New York City, including the murder of 32-year-old Mark Carson last Saturday evening in Greenwich Village, a notoriously gay-friendly neighborhood. Carson was walking with another man through the neighborhood when three men began taunting… read more

Erin Belieu: The VIDA Count and Women in Publishing

“We should think for ourselves and have a diverse and healthy and dynamic literary setting in this country that isn’t about worshiping a small group of white straight guys […]”

VIDA co-founder Erin Belieu took the time to talk with Lambda Literary about the existence of gender bias in the publishing industry and how to improve the way women’s writing is received…. read more