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LGBT lit stars John Waters, Rita Mae Brown lauded at The Lammys

The literati’s glitterati were out in full force and a more fabulous night there wasn’t.

The Great Hall at Cooper Union in New York was the scene of a dramatic explosion of gay brainpower and talent Monday night for the awarding of the 27th Annual Lambda Literary Awards -- a/k/a The Lammys.

Let’s do some name dropping: Alison Bechdel,Justin Vivian Bond, Andrew Rannells, Susie Bright, Alan Cumming, Janet Mock, and Michelangelo Signorile.

Need more? How about gossip great Liz Smith and Gloria Steinem.

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Boom!

And those were just the presenters.

Among the major awards were two of the LGBT community’s biggest heroes and sheroes -- Rita Mae Brown and John Waters.

Brown is famed author of the lesbian classic, Rubyfruit Jungle, and her Lammy was the Pioneer Award.

She’s a groundbreaker on multiple levels and was among a group of lesbians who in the 1970s forced the feminist movement to halt the de facto policy of sweeping LGBT issues aside.

Brown was introduced by Steinem, the Ms. magazine founder.

Steinem, calling laughter "an orgasm of the mind," she praised the author for always understanding joy and laughter. Brown returned the favor, lauding Steinem as "our North Star.”

“If you can find her, you'll never be lost."

Smith introduced writer and movie maker John Waters, the winner of Lambda's Trustee Award for Excellence in Literature who is often likened to Andy Warhol.

"Nowadays Andy Warhol is a multi-billion-dollar industry, but John Waters is the real thing. John is truly sweet. Andy only appeared that way," Smith said.

Here is the full list of winners:

BISEXUAL FICTION

BISEXUAL NONFICTION

GAY EROTICA

GAY GENERAL FICTION

GAY MEMOIR/BIOGRAPHY [Two Winners] :

GAY MYSTERY

GAY POETRY

GAY ROMANCE

LESBIAN EROTICA

LESBIAN GENERAL FICTION

LESBIAN MEMOIR/BIOGRAPHY

LESBIAN MYSTERY

LESBIAN POETRY

LESBIAN ROMANCE

LGBT ANTHOLOGY

LGBT CHILDREN’S/YOUNG ADULT

LGBT DEBUT

LGBT DRAMA

LGBT GRAPHIC NOVELS

LGBT NONFICTION

LGBT SF/F/HORROR

LGBT STUDIES

TRANSGENDER FICTION

Transgender Non-Fiction

 
 
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