Visionary Award

Lambda Literary bestows its Visionary Award on individuals who have broken new ground in the field of LGBTQ literature and publishing. Established in 1995, the Award honors those who, through their achievements and passionate commitment, have contributed to the LGBTQ literary community in significant and tangible ways: through works of literature, or by establishing publishing houses, publications, archives, bookstores, or other institutions.

Visionary Award (previously the Pioneer Award) recipients are determined by the Board of Trustees of the Lambda Literary Foundation.  If you would like to make a recommendation, send an e-mail to Sue Landers, Executive Director at suelanders@lambdaliterary.org.

Visionary Award Recipients

  • Edmund White (2018)
  • Jacqueline Woodson (2017)
  • Eileen Myles (2016)
  • Rita Mae Brown (2015)
  • Kate Bornstein (2014)
  • Malcolm Boyd, Lillian Faderman, Katherine V. Forrest, John Rechy, Patricia Nell Warren (2013)
  • Cherrie Moraga (2013 – New York)
  • Armistead Maupin (2012)
  • Kate Millett (2012)
  • Edward Albee (2011)
  • Val McDermid (2011)
  • Larry Kramer (2010)
  • Kate Clinton (2010)
  • Leslie Feinberg (2009)
  • The Violet Quill, featuring Andrew Holleran, Felice Picano & Edmund White (2009)
  • Ann Bannon (2008)
  • Malcolm Boyd (2008)
  • Mark Thompson (2008)
  • Martin Duberman (2007)
  • Marijane Meaker (2007)
  • Samuel R. Delany (2004)
  • Blanche Wiesen Cook (2004)
  • Amazon Bookstore Cooperative (2003)
  • Barbara Grier, Naiad Press (2002)
  • Astraea Foundation (2001)
  • Katherine V. Forrest (1998)
  • Ron Hanby, Bookazine (1997)
  • Helaine Harris, Daedalus Books (1996)
  • L. Page “Deacon” Maccubbin, Lambda Rising (1995)