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celebrate LGBT literature and provide resources for writers,
readers, booksellers, publishers, and librarians – the
whole literary community.
Celebrate Our LGBT Literary Pioneers
All Year Long With A 2008 Calendar!
Celebrate 2008 with a calendar featuring 12 literary pioneers:
Ann Bannon • Samuel R. Delany • Betty Berzon • Martin Duberman
Leslie Feinberg • Andrew Holleran • Barbara Gittings • Paul Monette
Audre Lorde • John Rechy • Joan Nestle • Edmund White
Only $20 each, all proceeds benefit the Lambda Literary Foundation. This will be the perfect holiday gift for LGBT readers everywhere. Order today (calendars will be available in November 2007).
Lambda Literary Awards Announce Winners
Marijane Meaker and Martin Duberman Receive Pioneer Awards
May 31, 2007, 11:00 PM--Winners for the 19th annual Lambda Literary Awards were announced tonight by the Lambda Literary Foundation at a gala celebration attended by 300 people.
See Complete List of Winners.
Barbara Gittings (1932-2007)
Gay rights pioneer Barbara Gittings has died at the age of 74 from a lengthy and brave battle with breast cancer, Philadelphia Gay News publisher and friend Mark Segal announced today.
"She will live forever in our hearts and our memory. In the history of LGBT people, she will stand forever among our giants," observed Katherine V. Forrest, president of the Lambda Literary Foundation.
Gittings first came to the public spotlight in 1965 when she and a handful of gay men and lesbians held demonstrations outside the White House and Independence Hall seeking equal rights for homosexuals. These were the first such demonstrations in American history and began an era of gays coming out of the closet. Gitting's involvement in the gay rights movement started in the late 1950s when she helped organize the New York City chapter of the Daughters of Bilitis (D.O.B.). It was there she met her life partner Kay Lahusen, who has been by her side for 46 years.
Gittings other accomplishments include head of the American Library Association's Gay Task Force. In 2003 The American Library Association presented Gittings with its highest honor, a lifetime
membership. She was an active cornerstone in the campaign that led to the American Psychiatric Association dropping its categorization of homosexuality as a mental illness in 1973. In 2005, she was recognized by the Publishing Triangle with its Leadership Award.
Gittings was an early community journalist. She edited the D.O.B.
publication The Ladder from 1963-66 and worked with Lahusen on her 1973 book The Gay Crusaders.
Gittings continued to make appearances, even accepting an award from the American Psychiatric Association this past fall, but ill health finally led her and Lahausen to an Assisted Living Facility in Kennet Square, PA, where she went into a coma Sunday morning, February 18th and passed away with Kay at her side at 7:25 p.m. later that evening.
Gittings and Lahusen lived their latter years in Philadelphia and
Wilmington, Delaware. Along with Lahusen, Gittings is survived by her sister Eleanor Gittings Taylor of San Diego, California.
Lahusen asks that donations be made in Barbara's memory to Lambda Legal Defense Fund.
To sustain the momentum of our reorganization, Lambda Literary is starting a formal Membership program, with different levels of participation and benefits. See Membership Benefits.
With your renewed support, Lambda Literary will be able to serve more readers of LGBTQ literature through the Lambda Book Report, to mentor emerging voices through a Writer’s Retreat, and to honor our literary heroes through the Lambda Literary Awards, the most celebrated awards program in the country for LGBTQ books and writers.
Renew your support at the Friend level or higher, and you’ll receive the new Lambda Literary tote-bag as a gesture of our appreciation.
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