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10 Years of LGBT Prize-Winning Reads

The Lambda Literary Awards, or Lammys, have been recognizing incredible LGBT books since 1989. They "celebrate the best lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender books of the year and affirm that LGBTQ stories are part of the literature of the world." This year, as we celebrate LGBT Pride Month, we're looking back at the incredible Lammy winners of the last ten years. From short erotic fiction to a trans picture book and from LGBT graphic novels to a deeply reported book on Lawrence v. Texas, we can't wait for you to dig into the riches honored by Lambda over the last decade.


dlmLesbian Fiction: Under the Udala Trees, by Chinelo Okparanta
Gay Fiction: God in Pink, by Hasan Namir
Bisexual Fiction: The Life and Death of Sophie Stark, by Anna North
Bisexual Nonfiction: Irrepressible: The Jazz Age Life of Henrietta Bingham, by Emily Bingham
Transgender Fiction: Tiny Pieces of Skull, or a Lesson in Manners
, by Roz Kaveney
LGBT Debut Fiction: A Love Like Blood, by Victor Yates
LGBT Nonfiction: “No One Helped”: Kitty Genovese, New York City, and the Myth of Urban Apathy, by Marcia M. Gallo
Transgender Nonfiction: Born on the Edge of Race and Gender: A Voice for Cultural Competency, by Willy Wilkinson
Lesbian Poetry: Life in a Box Is a Pretty Life, by Dawn Lundy Martin
Gay Poetry (tie): Crevasse, by Nicholas Wong, and Reconnaissance, by Carl Phillips
Transgender Poetry: succubus in my pocket, by kari edwards
Lesbian Mystery (tie): Ordinary Mayhem, by Victoria Brownworth, and Tarnished Gold, by Ann Aptaker
Gay Mystery: Boystown 7: Bloodlines, by Marshall Thornton
Lesbian Memoir/Biography: Objects in Mirror Are Closer Than They Appear, by Kate Carroll de Gutes
Gay Memoir/Biography: James Merrill: Life and Art, by Langdon Hammer
Lesbian Romance: Making A Comeback, by Julie Blair
Gay Romance: When Skies Have Fallen, by Debbie McGowan
Lesbian Erotica: The Muse, by Meghan O’Brien
Gay Erotica: Érotiques Suprèmes, by Miodrag Kojadinovic
LGBT Anthology, Fiction: Beyond: The Queer Sci-Fi & Fantasy Comic Anthology, edited by Sfé R. Monster and Taneka Stotts
LGBT Anthology, Nonfiction: Glitter and Grit: Queer Performance from the Heels on Wheels Femme Galaxy, edited by Damien Luxe, Heather M. Ács, and Sabina Ibarrola
LGBT Children’s/Young Adult: George, by Alex Gino
LGBT Drama: Bright Half Life, by Tanya Barfield
LGBT Graphic Novels: The Less Than Epic Adventures of TJ & Amal, by E.K. Weaver
LGBT SF/F/Horror: The Gracekeepers, by Kirsty Logan
LGBT Studies: A Taste for Brown Bodies: Gay Modernity and Cosmopolitan Desire, by Hiram Pérez
The Pioneer Award: Eileen Myles
Trustee Award for Excellence in Literature: Hilton Als


Bisexual Fiction: Give It to Me, by Ana Castillo
Bisexual Nonfiction: Fire Shut Up In My Bones, by Charles M. Blow
Gay Erotica: The King, by Tiffany Reisz
Gay General Fiction: I Loved You More, by Tom Spanbauer
Gay Memoir/Biography (tie): The Prince of Los Cocuyos, by Richard Blanco, and Tennessee Williams: Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh, by John Lahr,
Gay Mystery: Blackmail, My Love: A Murder Mystery, by Katie Gilmartin
Gay Poetry: [insert] boy, by Danez Smith
Gay Romance: Salvation: A Novel of the Civil War, by Jeff Mann
Lesbian Erotica: Lesbian Sex Bible, by Diana Cage
Lesbian General Fiction: Yabo, by Alexis De Veaux
Lesbian Memoir/biography: Ain't Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around: Forty Years of Movement Building with Barbara Smith, by Alethia Jones and Virginia Eubanks, with Barbara Smith
Lesbian Mystery: The Old Deep and Dark: A Jane Lawless Mystery, by Ellen Hart
Lesbian Poetry: Mysterious Acts by My People, Valerie Wetlaufer
Lesbian Romance: The Farmer's Daughter, Robbi McCoy
LGBT Anthology: Understanding and Teaching U.S. Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender History, by Leila J. Rupp & Susan K. Freeman
LGBT Children's/Young Adult: Five, Six, Seven, Nate!, by Tim Federle
LGBT Debut: The Walk-In Closet, by Abdi Nazemian
LGBT Drama: Bootycandy, by Robert O'Hara
LGBT Graphic Novels: Second Avenue Caper, by Joyce Brabner; Art by Mark Zingarelli
LGBT Nonfiction: Hold Tight Gently: Michael Callen, Essex Hemphill, and the Battlefield of AIDS, by Martin Duberman,
LGBT SF/F/Horror: Bitter Waters, by Chaz Brenchley
LGBT Studies: Delectable Negro: Human Consumption and Homoeroticism within US Slave Culture, by Vincent Woodard, Ed. Justin A. Joyce and Dwight McBride
Transgender Fiction: A Safe Girl To Love, by Casey Plett
Transgender Non-Fiction: Man Alive: A True Story of Violence, Forgiveness and Becoming a Man, by Thomas Page McBee


my educationGay General Fiction: Mundo Cruel: Stories, Luis Negron; translated by Suzanne Jill Levine
Lesbian General Fiction: Happiness, Like Water, Chinelo Okparanta
LGBT Debut: Descendants of Hagar, Nik Nicholson
Bisexual Fiction: My Education, Susan Choi
Transgender Fiction: Wanting in Arabic, Trish Salah
LGBT Nonfiction: White Girls, Hilton Als
Transgender Nonfiction: The End of San Francisco, Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore
Bisexual Nonfiction: The B Word: Bisexuality in Contemporary Film and Television, Maria San Filippo
Gay Poetry: Unpeopled Eden, Rigoberto Gonzalez
Lesbian Poetry: Rise in the Fall, Ana Bozicevic
Graphic Novel: Calling Dr. Laura: A Graphic Memoir, Nicole J. Georges
Children's/YA: (tie) If You Could Be Mine, Sara Farizan and Two Boys Kissing, David Levithan
Gay Memoir/Biography: A Heaven of Words: Last Journals, by Glenway Wescott, Ed. Jerry Rosco
Lesbian Memoir/Biography: Body Geographic, Barrie Jean Borich
Gay Mystery: The Prisoner of the Riviera: A Francis Bacon Mystery, Janice Law
Lesbian Mystery: High Desert, Katherine V. Forrest
Gay Romance: Into This River I Drown, TJ Klune
Lesbian Romance: Clean Slate, Andrea Bramhall
Gay Erotica: The Padisah’s Son and the Fox: an erotic novella, Alex Jeffers
Lesbian Erotica: Wild Girls, Wild Nights: True Lesbian Sex Stories, Ed. Sacchi Green
Anthology (FICTION): Queer Africa: New and Collected Fiction, Karen Martin and Makhosazana Xaba
Anthology (NON-FICTION): Who’s Yer Daddy?: Gay Writers Celebrate Their Mentors and Forerunners, Eds. Jim Elledge and David Groff
Drama: Tom at the Farm, Michel Marc Bouchard
Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Horror: Death by Silver, Melissa Scott & Amy Griswold
LGBT Studies: Safe Space: Gay Neighborhood History and the Politics of Violence, Christina B. Hanhardt


sea and fogTransgender Fiction: The Collection: Short Fiction From The Transgender Vanguard, edited by Tom Léger and Riley MacLeod
Transgender Nonfiction: Transfeminist Perspectives in and beyond Transgender and Gender Studies, edited by Anne Enke
Bisexual Literature: (tie) In One Person, John Irving and My Awesome Place: The Autobiography of Cheryl B, Cheryl Burke
Gay General Fiction: Everything Begins and Ends at the Kentucky Club, Benjamin Alire Saenz
Gay Memoir/Biography: Fire in the Belly, Cynthia Carr
Gay Mystery: Lake on the Mountain: A Dan Sharp Mystery, Jeffrey Round
Gay Poetry: He Do the Gay Man in Different Voices, Stephen S. Mills
Gay Romance: Kamikaze Boys, Jay Bell
Gay Erotica: The Facialist, Mykola Dementiuk
Lesbian General Fiction: The World We Found: A Novel, Thrity Umrigar
Lesbian Memoir/Biography: Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?, Jeanette Winterson
Lesbian Mystery: Ill Will, J.M. Redmann
Lesbian Poetry: Sea and Fog, Etel Adnan
Lesbian Romance: Month of Sundays, Yolanda Wallace
Lesbian Erotica: The Harder She Comes: Butch/Femme Erotica, D.L. King
Anthology: No Straight Lines: Four Decades of Queer Comics, Justin Hall – Editor
Children’s/Young Adult: Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, Benjamin Alire Saenz
LGBT Debut Fiction: The Summer We Got Free, Mia McKenzie
Drama: The Myopia and Other Plays by David Greenspan, Marc Robinson
Nonfiction: Flagrant Conduct: The Story of Lawrence v. Texas, Dale Carpenter
Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror: Green Thumb, Tom Cardamone
LGBT Studies: Performing Queer Latinidad: Dance, Sexuality, Politics, Ramón H. Rivera-Servera
Dr. James Duggins Mid-Career Novelist Prize: Nicola Griffith and Trebor Healey
Dr. Betty Berzon Emerging Writer Awards: Sassafras Lowrey and Carter Sickels


putting makeup on the fat boyLesbian Debut Fiction: Zipper Mouth, by Laurie Weeks
Lesbian General Fiction: Six Metres of Pavement, by Farzana Doctor
Lesbian Memoir/Biography: When We Were Outlaws: A Memoir of Love & Revolution, by Jeanne Córdova
Lesbian Mystery: Dying to Live, by Kim Baldwin & Xenia Alexiou
Lesbian Poetry: Love Cake, by Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha
Lesbian Romance: Taken by Surprise, by Kenna White
Lesbian Erotica: Story of L, by Debra Hyde
Gay Debut Fiction: Quarantine: Stories, by Rahul Mehta
Gay General Fiction: The Empty Family, by Colm Tóibín
Gay Memoir/Biography: The Jack Bank: A Memoir of a South African Childhood, by Glen Retief
Gay Mystery: Red White Black and Blue, by Richard Stevenson, MLR Press
Gay Poetry: A Fast Life: The Collected Poems of Tim Dlugos, edited by David Trinidad
Gay Romance: Every Time I Think of You, by Jim Provenzano
Gay Erotica: All Together, by Dirk Vanden
Transgender Fiction: Take Me There: Trans and Genderqueer Erotica, edited by Tristan Taormino
Transgender Nonfiction: Tango: My Childhood, Backwards and in High Heels, by Justin Vivian Bond
Bisexual Fiction: The Correspondence Artist, by Barbara Browning
Bisexual Nonfiction: The Horizontal Poet, by Jan Steckel
Anthology: Gay Latino Studies: A Critical Reader, edited by Michael Hames-García and Ernesto Javier Martínez
Children's/Young Adult: Putting Makeup on the Fat Boy, by Bil Wright, Simon & Schuster
Drama: A Menopausal Gentleman: The Solo Performances of Peggy Shaw, by Peggy Shaw
Nonfiction: A Queer History of the United States, by Michael Bronski
Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Horror: The German, by Lee Thomas
LGBT Studies: Sister Arts: The Erotics of Lesbian Landscapes, by Lisa L. Moore


king kong theoryBisexual Fiction: The Lunatic, the Lover, and the Poet by Myrlin A. Hermes
Bisexual Nonfiction: Border Sexualities, Border Families in Schools by Maria Pallotta-Chiarolli
Transgender Fiction: Holding Still for As Long As Possible, by Zoe Whittall
Transgender Nonfiction: Balancing on the Mechitza: Transgender in Jewish Community by Noach Dzmura
Anthology: Gender Outlaws: The Next Generation, edited by Kate Bornstein & S. Bear Bergman
Children's/Young Adult: Wildthorn, by Jane Eagland
Drama: Oedipus at Palm Springs: A Five Lesbian Brothers Play, by Maureen Angelos, Dominique Dibbell, Peg Healey, & Lisa Kron
LGBT Nonfiction: King Kong Theory, by Virginie Despentes
Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Horror: Diana Comet and Other Improbable Stories, by Sandra McDonald
LGBT Studies: (tie) Another Country: Queer Anti-Urbanism, by Scott Herring and Assuming a Body: Transgender and Rhetorics of Materiality, by Gayle Salamon
Lesbian Debut Fiction: Sub Rosa, by Amber Dawn
Lesbian Erotica: Sometimes She Lets Me: Best Butch/Femme Erotica, edited by Tristan Taormina
Lesbian Fiction: Inferno (a poet’s novel), by Eileen Myles
Lesbian Memoir/Biography: (tie) Hammer!: Making Movies Out of Sex and Life, by Barbara Hammer and Wishbone: A Memoir in Fractures, by Julie Marie Wade
Lesbian Mystery: Fever of the Bone, by Val McDermid
Lesbian Poetry: The Nights Also, by Anna Swanson
Lesbian Romance: River Walker, by Cate Culpepper
Gay Debut Fiction: Bob the Book, by David Pratt
Gay Erotica: Teleny and Camille, by Jon Macy
Gay Fiction: Union Atlantic, by Adam Haslett
Gay Memoir/Biography: Secret Historian: The Life and Times of Samuel Steward, Professor, Tattoo Artist and Sexual Renegade, by Justin Spring
Gay Mystery: Echoes, by David Lennon
Gay Poetry: Pleasure, by Brian Teare
Gay Romance: Normal Miguel, by Erik Orrantia


leaving indiaAnthology: Portland Queer: Tales of the Rose City, edited by Ariel Gore
Children's/Young Adult: Sprout, by Dale Peck
Drama: The Collected Plays Of Mart Crowley, by Mart Crowley
Nonfiction: The Greeks and Greek Love, by James Davidson
Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Horror: Palimpsest, by Catherynne M. Valente
LGBT Studies: The Straight State: Sexuality and Citizenship in Twentieth Century America, by Margot Canaday
Bisexual Fiction: (tie) Holy Communion, by Mykola Dementiuk and Love You Two, by Maria Pallotta-Chiarolli
Bisexual Nonfiction: Leaving India: My Family’s Journey From Five Villages to Five Continents, by Minal Hajratwala
Transgender: Lynnee Breedlove’s One Freak Show, by Lynn Breedlove
Lesbian Debut Fiction: The Creamsickle, by Rhiannon Argo
Gay Debut Fiction: Blue Boy, by Rakesh Satyal
Lesbian Erotica: Lesbian Cowboys, edited by Sacchi Green & Rakelle Valencia
Gay Erotica: Impossible Princess, by Kevin Killian
Lesbian Fiction: A Field Guide to Deception, by Jill Malone
Gay Fiction: Lake Overturn, by Vestal McIntyre
Lesbian Memoir/Biography: The Talented Miss Highsmith: The Secret Life and Serious Art of Patricia Highsmith, by Joan Schenkar
Gay Memoir/Biography: Ardent Spirits: Leaving Home, Coming Back, by Reynolds Price
Lesbian Mystery: Death of a Dying Man, by J.M. Redmann
Gay Mystery: What We Remember, by Michael Thomas Ford
Lesbian Poetry: Zero at the Bone, by Stacie Cassarino
Gay Poetry: Sweet Core Orchard, by Benjamin S. Grossberg
Lesbian Romance: The Sublime and Spirited Voyage of Original Sin, by Colette Moody
Gay Romance: Drama Queers!, by Frank Anthony Polito


finlaterAnthology: Our Caribbean edited by Thomas Glave
Bisexual: Open by Jenny Block
Transgender: Intersex (For Lack of a Better Word) by Thea Hillman
Children's/Young Adult: Out of the Pocket by Bill Konigsberg
LGBT Drama: The Second Coming of Joan of Arc by Carolyn Gage
Nonfiction: Loving The Difficult by Jane Rule
Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Horror: Turnskin by Nicole Kimberling
LGBT Studies: Criminal Intimacy: Prison and the Uneven History of Modern American Sexuality by Regina Kunzel
Lesbian Debut Fiction: The Bruise by Magdalena Zurawski
Lesbian Erotica: In Deep Waters 2: Cruising the Strip by Radclyffe and Karin Kallmaker
Lesbian General Fiction: (tie) The Sealed Letter by Emma Donoghue and All the Pretty Girls by Chandra Mayor
Lesbian Memoir/Biography: Sex Talks to Girls: A Memoir by Maureen Seaton
Lesbian Mystery: Whacked by Josie Gordon
Lesbian Poetry: love belongs to those who do the feeling by Judy Grahn
Lesbian Romance: The Kiss That Counted by Karin Kallmaker
Gay Debut Fiction: Finlater by Shawn Stewart Ruff
Gay Erotica: Best Gay Erotica 2009 by Richard Labonte & James Lear
Gay General Fiction: We Disappear by Scott Heim
Gay Memoir/Biography: Edward Carpenter: A Life of Liberty and Love by Sheila Rowbotham
Gay Mystery: First You Fall by Scott Sherman
Gay Poetry: (tie) Fire to Fire by Mark Doty and Now You’re the Enemy by James Allen Hall
Gay Romance: Got ’til it’s Gone by Larry Duplechan


among other thingsAnthology: First Person Queer, edited by Richard Labonte and Lawrence Schimel
Bisexual: Split Screen, Brent Hartinger
Transgender: Transparent, Cris Beam
Children/Young Adult: Hero, Perry Moore
Drama: Return to the Caffe Cino, edited by Steve Susoyev and George Birimisa
Nonfiction: Gay Artists in Modern American Culture, Michael S. Sherry
Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Horror: The Dust of Wonderland, Lee Thomas
LGBT Studies: Between Women, Sharon Marcus
Lesbian Debut Fiction: Among Other Things, I’ve Taken Up Smoking, Aoibheann Sweeney
Lesbian General Fiction: The IHOP Papers, Ali Liebegott
Lesbian Memoir/Biography: And Now We Are Going to Have a Party, Nicola Griffith
Lesbian Mystery: Wall of Silence, Gabrielle Goldsby
Lesbian Romance: Out of Love, K. G. MacGregor
Gay Debut Fiction: A Push and a Shove, Christopher Kelly
Gay General Fiction: Call Me By Your Name, Andre Aciman
Gay Memoir/Biography: Mississippi Sissy, Kevin Sessums
Gay Mystery: Murder in the Rue Chartres, Greg Herren
Gay Romance: Changing Tides, Michael Thomas Ford
Arts & Culture: The View From Here, Matthew Hays
LGBT Erotica: Homosex: 60 Years of Gay Erotica, Simon Sheppard
Spirituality: The After-Death Room by Michael McColly
LGBT Poetry: Blackbird and Wolf, Henri Cole


lemon houndAnthology: Love, Bourbon Street, edited by Greg Herren & Paul J. Willis
Bisexual: The Bisexual’s Guide to the Universe, Michael Szymanski & Nicole Kristal
Transgender: The Transgender Studies Reader edited by Susan Stryker & Stephen Whittle
Children's/Young Adult: The Full Spectrum, edited by David Levithan & Billy Merrell
Drama: 1001 Beds by Tim Miller
Nonfiction: GAY L.A. by Lillian Faderman & Stuart Timmons
Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Horror: Izzy and Eve by Neal Drinnan
LGBT Studies: Their Own Receive Them Not by Horace Griffin
Lesbian Debut Fiction: The Teahouse Fire by Ellis Avery
Lesbian Erotica: Walk Like a Man by Laurinda D. Brown
Lesbian General Fiction: The Night Watch by Sarah Waters
Lesbian Memoir/Biography: Fun Home by Alison Bechdel
Lesbian Mystery: The Art of Detection by Laurie R. King
Lesbian Poetry: Lemon Hound by Sina Queyras
Lesbian Romance: Fresh Tracks by Georgia Beers
Gay Debut Fiction: Suspension by Robert Westfield
Gay Erotica: A History of Barbed Wire by Jeff Mann
Gay General Fiction: Suspension by Robert Westfield
Gay Memoir/Biography: The Bill From My Father by Bernard Cooper
Gay Mystery: The Lucky Elephant Restaurant by Garry Ryan
Gay Poetry: A History of My Tattoo by Jim Elledge
Gay Romance: When the Stars Come Out by Rob Byrnes
Arts & Culture: GAY L.A. by Lillian Faderman & Stuart Timmons
Humor: My Lucky Star by Joe Keenan
Spirituality: The After-Death Room by Michael McColly


1Anthology: Freedom in this Village: 25 Years of Black, Gay Men’s Writing edited by E. Lynn Harris
Belles Lettres: The Tricky Part by Martin Moran
Biography: February House by Sherrill Tippins
Children's/YA: Swimming in the Monsoon Sea by Shyam Selvadurai
Erotica: Stolen Moments: Erotic Interludes 2 edited by Stacia Seaman and Radclyffe
Gay Men's Debut Fiction: You Are Not the One by Vestal McIntyre
Gay Men's Fiction: The Sluts by Dennis Cooper
Gay Men's Mystery: One of These Things is Not Like the Other by D. Travers Scott
Gay Men's Poetry: Crush by Richard Siken
Humor: Don’t Get too Comfortable by David Rakoff
Lesbian Debut Fiction: The Beautifully Worthless by Ali Leibegott
Lesbian Fiction: Babyji by Abha Dawesar
Lesbian Mystery: Desert Blood: The Juarez Murders by Alicia Gaspar De Alba
Lesbian Poetry: Directed by Desire: Collected Poems by June Jordan
LGBT Studies: When Heroes Love: The Ambiguity of Eros in the Stories of Gilgamesh and David by Susan Ackerman
Nonfiction: Words to Our Now by Thomas Glave
Romance: Distant Shores, Silent Thunder by Radclyffe
Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Horror: Daughters of an Emerald Dusk by Katherine V. Forrest
Spirituality: Qu(e)erying Evangelism by Cheri DiNovo
Transgender/Genderqueer: Choir Boy by Charlie Anders


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You guys need to try to

You guys need to try to purchase all these winning works, or at least those which are still in print, like all of 2015 and probably all or at leats most of 2014 and 2013 winners. But go as far back as you can. You need at least a single copy, you are a major reference library in possibly THE most important city of the world (and def. one of 10 most important ones). You need to keep the LGBTQ history alive.

Incorrect winner for Lesbian Poetry in 2014

The winner of the Lambda for 2014 was Valerie Wetlaufer for Mysterious Acts by My People.

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