The Lambda Literary Foundation kicked off a new decade of Lammys in New York City on June 3, celebrating the winners of the 31st Lambda Literary Awards, who represent some of the most influentials voices in LGBTQ fiction, nonfiction, poetry, biography, memoir, and erotica.

“Once again, the winners of this year’s Lambda Literary Awards demonstrate how LGBTQ writing is far from monolithic,” the organization says in an announcement of the honorees. “Across twenty-four categories, one finds the range of queer brilliance and a whole new set of books for your to-read list.”

Presenters at the event included Drag Race alum Dusty Ray Bottoms, trans advocate Tyler Ford, and Broadway actor Anthony Rapp, and the night was emceed by Mx. Justin Vivian Bond.

With no further ado, here are this year’s winners:

  • The Tiger Flu, Larissa Lai
  • A Study in Honor: A Novel, Claire O’Dell
  • Beowulf For Cretins: A Love Story, Ann McMan
  • Each Tree Could Hold a Noose or a House, Ru Puro
  • Chronology, Zahra Patterson
  • Jonny Appleseed, Joshua Whitehead
  • Late Fees: A Pinx Video Mystery, Marshall Thornton
  • Crashing Upwards, S.C. Wynne
  • Indecency, Justin Phillip Reed
  • No Ashes in the Fire: Coming of Age Black and Free in America, Darnell L. Moore
  • Disoriental, Négar Djavadi, Translated by Tina Kove
  • Out of Step: A Memoir, Anthony Moll
  • We Play a Game, Duy Doan
  • Little Fish, Casey Plett
  • Histories of the Transgender Child, Julian Gill-Peterson
  • lo terciario / the tertiary, Raquel Salas Rivera
  • Miles & Honesty in SCFSX!, Blue Delliquanti & Kazimir Lee
  • Looking for Lorraine: The Radiant and Radical Life of Lorraine Hansberry, Imani Perry
  • As You Like It: The Gerald Kraak Anthology Volume II, The Other Foundation
  • Not That Bad: Dispatches from Rape Culture, Roxane Gay
  • Hurricane Child, Kacen Callender
  • Draw the Circle, Mashuq Mushtaq Deen
  • The Lie and How We Told It, Tommi Parrish
  • The Breath of the Sun, Isaac R. Fellman
  • Toxic Silence: Race, Black Gender Identity, and Addressing the Violence Against Black Transgender Women in Houston, William T. Hoston
  • Alexander Chee
  • Masha Gessen
  • Barbara Smith


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