Sex and Death in Alabama

“Every boy he had ever loved had been either a musician or a drug addict. Usually both. […] But it kept to certain themes in his life, of stubbornness, of going longer, harder, of always being the last to leave the party.”… read more

Lorrie Sprecher: On Being—and Writing—a Lesbian Punk Feminist

“I think punk is perceived as a very aggressive, male thing, and that isn’t the whole story. First of all, the music is so uplifting, political and angry, I don’t know why all feminists don’t listen to it. Women in our culture have so much to be angry about, so why aren’t we embracing our anger more?”
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The Writers that Inspired Pussy Riot

Over the past few months, protesters have taken to the streets all over the globe—Hamburg, New York, Barcelona, Paris, Liverpool—all in support of Russian feminist punk-rock band, Pussy Riot’s right to freedom. Last Friday, Pussy Riot was sentenced to two years in prison by a Russian court. A participant in the Liverpool protest, said: Women… read more

Coming this October: Beth Ditto's Memoir, 'Coal to Diamonds'

We here at Lambda Literary are all very excited for the upcoming release of queer punk rock superstar Beth Ditto’s memoir: Coals to Diamonds coming this October, published through Spiegel & Grau, and co-written by the incomparable Michelle Tea. The memoir tells the story of Ditto, from her childhood growing up in rural Arkansas as a “sexually confused choir… read more

Brontez Purnell: Love, Compassion, and Rock & Roll

‘I basically wanted to do a zine that reflected what I was feeling at the time. With Fag School, I hadn’t really seen a zine or at least a personal gay zine that dealt with the difficult subject of gay sex with both humor and frank talk. It covered some real issues. Race, the condom code…”… read more