Congratulations, nominees... now stay home! Seeking to improve an annual ceremony that they "are told consistently...is too long," the Lammys announced they will cut five categories from the live gala event and, instead, "winners of these categories will receive by mail a Lambda Literary Award." Downgraded to "a presentation slide" during queer books' biggest night are: Gay Erotica, Lesbian Erotica, LGBT Anthology, LGBT Studies, and LGBT Drama.
Facebook feedback calls the change "disheartening," "an insult," that "makes no sense." Readers "couldn't see the merit" and suggested the LLF "need to revamp the entire program and criteria." Commenters likened the two-tiered system to the Daytime Emmys and the kiddie table. Positive comments have not yet been posted in this thread or on Lambda's FB page.
In support of the new outcasts, read one of the 2012 winners:
LGBT Anthology: Gay Latino Studies: A Critical Reader edited by Michael Hames-García and Ernesto Javier Martínez
LGBT Studies: Sister Arts: The Erotics of Lesbian Landscapes by Lisa L. Moore
LGBT Drama: A Menopausal Gentleman by Peggy Shaw