The winners of the 24th Annual Lambda Literary Awards were announced Monday night at the CUNY Graduate Center in New York City. Among the winners were Colm Tóibín’s The Empty Family for best Gay Fiction, Farzana Doctor’s Six Metres of Pavment for best Lesbian Fiction, Justin Vivian Bond’s Tango: My Childhood Backwards and in High Heels for best Transgender Nonfiction, and Rahul Mehta’s Quarantine  for best Gay Debut Fiction. Attendees included comedian Kate Clinton (who hosted) food personality Ted Allen, playwright Charles Busch, drag star Lypsinka (who performed), actress Ally Sheedy and Lady Bunny (who DJed the after-party).

In addition to the regular honors, special Pioneer Awards were given to writers Kate Millet (Sexual Politics) and Armistead Maupin (Tales of the City). In presenting Armistead his award, Olympia Dukakis said playing Tales’ trans den mother in the Showtime miniseries was the the most meaningful role of her career. “I understood the most important thing was to survive myself—and that’s what Anna Madrigal did.”

Photos: David J. Martin /Lambda Literary Foundation

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