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A Family Fierce, Passionate, and Talented

A Family Fierce, Passionate, and Talented

BY KATHLEEN WARNOCK | It was a fierce crowd — both in presentation and emotion — that gathered to celebrate the 30th annual Lambda Literary Awards on the day the Supreme Court handed down a decision supporting a bigoted baker. Clad in bright, dark, and fabulous suits and gowns (and shorts and kilts), several hundred literary […]

Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum Fêted for 25 Years of Leadership

Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum Fêted for 25 Years of Leadership

PHOTO ESSAY BY DONNA ACETO | In a benefit evening of speeches, musical performances, and a reception, Congregation Beit Simchat Torah, the city’s LGBTQ synagogue that is also the world’s largest, celebrated 25 years of spiritual leadership under Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum. The highlight of the evening, which raised funds to complete the capital campaign that allowed […]

Lambda Lit Honors Excellence

Lambda Lit Honors Excellence

PHOTO ESSAY BY DONNA ACETO | At the 28th annual Lambda Literary Award ceremony, held June 6 at NYU’s Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, winners were recognized in 26 categories of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. In addition, special recognition was given to Hilton Als, a staff writer at the New […]

Congregation Beit Simchat Torah’s Big Day

Congregation Beit Simchat Torah’s Big Day

PHOTO ESSAY BY DONNA ACETO | In a show of extraordinary exuberance, celebration, and reverence, Congregation Beit Simchat Torah marched from its longtime, crowded home at Westbeth in the West Village to its stunning new sanctuary and community space in the Cass Gilbert Building on West 30th Street (above). The April 3 event drew CBST members, […]

Lambda Literary Fêtes Rita Mae Brown, John Waters

Lambda Literary Fêtes Rita Mae Brown, John Waters

BY MICHAEL LUONGO | America’s LGBT literati descended on New York for the 27th annual Lambda Literary Awards held June 1 in the historic Great Hall of Cooper Union in Lower Manhattan. Writer Perry Brass said he has attended the awards from nearly the very beginning, commenting that the event “has preserved the glamour of the gay […]

Literary Gala Remembers Work Left to Be Done

Literary Gala Remembers Work Left to Be Done

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Kate Clinton, the wry and brainy comedian who is a tireless emcee for all sorts of LGBT community gatherings, set the tone right at the top of the June 2 Lambda Literary Awards. “Have you noticed some premature LGBT triumphalism out there?,” she asked, perhaps thinking of several recent books from […]

A Silver Evening for the Lammies

A Silver Evening for the Lammies

BY MICHAEL LUONGO | The themes of longevity and change certainly seemed to be on the minds of those who attended the 25th anniversary Lambda Literary Awards held on June 3 at Cooper Union’s Great Hall in the East Village. Edmund White, the famed godfather of gay literature and a presenter at the ceremony, looked around […]