The 2012 Lambda Awards
11th Jun 2012
Last week saw the 2012 Lambda literary award ceremony in New York (I imagine they wanted to put the Q in there too but it’s already a barely pronounceable acronym). The Lammy’s, as they are known, is the leading awards ceremony for LGBT(Q) literature in America.
In attendance were Ally Sheedy (check out her phenomenally hot performance in Lisa Cholodenko’s film, High Art) and Olympia Dukakis.
Dukakis gave the Foundation’s Pioneer Award to Armistead Maupin, announcing that Anna Madrigal, the character she portrayed in Maupin’s TV adaptation of Tales of the City was the most meaningful role of her career .
The other Pioneer award went to Kate Millet, whose lit-crit classic, Sexual Politics (1970) triggered a slew of second-wave feminist academic activity.
Since that first book, she has written several more and carved a career as a sculptor, painter and photographer, all with diverse themes but exploring what she describes as “people in cages.”
On accepting the award, she admitted that she was “more of a farmer really,” referring to the rural women’s artist colony, Milett Centre for the Arts, in upstate New York.
It’s high time Kate Millet received recognition for her work, but who would have been your choice for the lifetime achievement award?
And what cutting-edge queer fiction have you read recently that we should be taking notice of?