Lambda Literary Foundation, the nation’s leading nonprofit organization for the LGBT literary community, is pleased to announce that it has received a grant of $11,400 from the Los Angeles County Arts Commission through its Organizational Grant Program.  The two-year operating expenses grant of $5700 each year through 2012, will help fund Lambda Literary’s recently hired administrative assistant.

“A grant from the L.A. County Arts Commission is a considerable stamp of approval for the work we’ve been doing to promote LGBT literature throughout Los Angeles and beyond,” said Tony Valenzuela, LLF’s Executive Director.  “The Arts Commission understands that, in this economy especially, it is critical to support arts organization’s operating expenses.  We are grateful for the County’s generous support.”

“With this grant, the L.A. County Arts Commission has signaled its support of LLF’s work to keep LGBT literature vibrant,” said LLF Board Co-Chair, Dr. Judith Markowitz.  “We look forward to growing our presence in L.A. County through expansion of existing programs and development of new ones.”

The L.A. County Arts Commission grant is a significant contribution to the mission of Lambda Literary Foundation.  The grant will permit LLF’s newly hired administrative assistant to streamline and improve the day-to-day administrative duties essential to serving a broad and diverse LGBT literary community of writers, readers, publishers, editors, agents, publicists, librarians and booksellers.

Arts Commission Executive Director Laura Zucker noted, “Arts organizations continue to play an important role in Los Angeles County’s economic recovery, not only through job creation and retention, but by driving visitors to our region.”

Lambda Literary Foundation is one of a diverse range of arts groups receiving support from the Los Angeles County Arts Commission.  Lists of current grantees are at

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