S. Bear Bergman: Allowing All Children to See Themselves

This week author S. Bear Bergman rocked the Internet with the launch of a kickstarter campaign for Flamingo Rampant!, a new press focused on the creation of gender independent children’s books.

Lambda sat down with Bear to talk about the books, the decision to create an independence press, and what the money which continues to flow in above the initial ask will allow them to create.
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Jack Halberstam: Queers Create Better Models of Success

In September 2011, Duke University published Jack Halberstam’s most recent book, The Queer Art of Failure, a fascinating examination of how “we conceive of the idea of failure in our society, not so that we may correct ourselves, but so that we may see how our various ‘failures’ may actually produce a preferable alternative to conformist lifestyles and the status quo.”

Sinclair Sexsmith sat down with Halberstam to talk pronouns, Occupy Wall Street, queer parenting, gay marriage, academics, butch identity, and the queer art of failure…. read more

Tristan Taormino: The Power of Erotica

“I absolutely believe that writing and publishing erotica, especially for minorities, is a political act. We must write our own stories, our own truths, otherwise our detractors and enemies will do it for us” I picked up Best Lesbian Erotica 1998 when I worked at an indie bookstore, and it changed my trajectory. Suddenly I… read more

Cliterotica: Fall 2011

Well, debauched and smutty readers, it’s been a slow summer for lesbian erotica. You probably noticed, because I’m sure you’ve been checking LamdaLiterary.org every day just in case, that there was not a summer Cliterotica roundup. Though there were some fantastic releases this spring, I couldn’t hunt down any titles that were released over the… read more

'Tango: My Childhood Backwards and in High Heels' by Justin Vivian Bond

Described in the New Yorker as “the greatest cabaret artist of v’s generation” NYC’s own Mx. Justin Vivian Bond is nothing short of a legend within queer theater circles the world round.  V is a Tony nominated, Obie, Bessie and Ethyl Eicrhelberger Award winner who has delighted audiences with over a decade worth of dynamic… read more

Hello, Cruel World: Kate Bornstein, Internet Hate and the Safety of Books

On Youtube there is an interview with Lambda Literary award winning writer Kate Bornstein, promoting Borstein’s then-new book Hello, Cruel World: 101 Alternatives to Suicide for Teens, Freaks, and other Outlaws (Seven Stories Press), essentially a suicide survival guide. The interview takes a turn towards the disturbing when Kate opens up the discussion for callers…. read more

'Assuming a Body: Transgender and the Rhetorics of Materiality' by Gayle Salamon

2011 Lambda Literary Award Winner In her exciting and provocative book Assuming a Body: Transgender and the Rhetorics of Materiality, Gayle Salamon argues the normativity of the transgender body, or perhaps more accurately, that the very sense that marks one as transgender—the gap between the felt sense of being one gender while inhabiting the body… read more

'Transition: The Story of How I Became a Man' by Chaz Bono

In Transition: The Story of How I Became a Man (Dutton) Chaz Bono, the only child of Sonny Bono and Cher publicly explores the intimate details of his adult life as he struggled to come to terms with his gender identity, and his ultimate decision to transition from female to male. Through the book, we… read more

‘The Creamsickle’ by Rhiannon Argo

Lambda Award Winner It’s unusual to encounter literary lesbian fiction that’s also a guilty pleasure, but both terms apply fairly to this book. The Creamsickle itself is full of trash—it’s an unheated, lopsided flophouse in the Mission district of San Francisco that has an “ever-revolving door.” Over the years, it’s been occupied by revolutionaries, “hippie… read more