By David T. Valentin
Image taken from Lambda Literary's website
Just yesterday, Lambda Literary, a nonprofit organization whose goal is to uplift and celebrate queer voices, announced the finalists for their 34th annual award ceremony.
“Created over thirty years ago to recognize the crucial role LGBTQ writers play in shaping the world, the Lammys celebrate the very best in LGBTQ literature,” they write on their website.
In a press release, LAMBDA literary said, this year was the most competitive they’ve ever seen, with the highest number of submissions in Lammy Award history. “We are particularly inspired by such amazing numbers in the LGBTQ Young Adult and Children’s/Middle Grade categories. The modern movement to ban access to LGBTQ books for young people is horrendous, but we hope the publishing industry continues backing these remarkable works in volume to meet that resistance.”
And indeed they’re right. With many states in the United States attacking trans youth and their rights, LGBTQ literature is needed now more than ever to help LGBTQ youth feel comfortable in their skins and, hopefully, find a sense of community through the stories told in these books.
You can visit LAMBDA Literary’s website here to see the finalists for the 24 categories hosted this year.