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Houston Voice, No. 814, May 31, 1996 - File 016. 1996-05-31. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. October 1, 2020. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/montrose/item/515/show/501.

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Title Houston Voice, No. 814, May 31, 1996
Contributor
  • Bell, Deborah Moncrief
Publisher Window Media
Date May 31, 1996
Language English
Subject
  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
  • Gay liberation movement
Place
  • Houston, Texas
Genre
  • newspapers
Type
  • Text
Identifier OCLC: 31485329
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  • University of Houston Libraries Special Collections
  • LGBT Research Collection
  • Montrose Voice
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Transcript HOUSTON VOICE/ MAY 31, 1996 15 8th Annual Lambda Literary Award Finalists named 'From the unprintable to the spiritual,' The 8th Annual Lambda Literary Award Finalists announced March 1 in Washington, DC once again bear witness to the depth and range of Gay and Lesbian books. A collection of Lesbian fiction with a four-letter word in its title was honored in two categories, while the Gay and Lesbian Spirituality category debuted with an impressive list of books, all from mainstream houses. That book with the incendiary title- The New Fuck You (Semiotext(e))-was among a set of Gay and Lesbian Fiction Anthology finalists thai itself demonstrated the field's range. Also selected in the category were Forbidden Passages (Cleis), a collection of gay and lesbian fiction banned in Canada until a recent lawsuit placed limits on the ability of Canadian Customs to censor gay and lesbian books, Afre- kete (Anchor), a collection of writings by African-American lesbians, Tasting Life Twice (Avon), another collection of lesbian fiction, and His , a collection of gay male writing issued by the venerable publishing house of Faber and Faber. (There's an irony in Ihis category: Tasting Life Twice editor EJ. Levy m, made her criteria for inclusion in the anthology writing "by lesbians," drawing an explicit distinction with [lie Lambda Literary Awards, which recognizes books based on gay and lesbian content.) The finalists in the Spirituality cat egory also demonstrate the range of gay and lesbian writing. Queer Spirits (Beacon) is a rebuke to those who regard gay men as purely physical, demonstrating a long tradition i d e n t i f y - ing "queer" men as lovers, healers. artists and teachers in cultures as disparate as ancient Babylon, native Hawaiian, and contemporary San Francisco. Peter Cashorali's Gay Fairy Tales (Harper Collins) likewise looks at gay men in terms of past tradition, reinterpreting many "magical" stories with a gay twist. Wrestling with the Angels (Riverhead) details the struggles of gay men with the mainstream religions in which they grew up. Catholic priest John McNeill's Freedom, Glorious Freedom (Beacon) and MCC minister Nancy Wilson's Our Tribe (Harper San Francisco) look at the ferment, excitement and promise of thc thriving contemporary gay and lesbian religious movement. As if there were a cosmic fate determined to highlight just how much the phrase "gay and lesbian" can include, two books with very similar names and very different agendas were selected in the Lesbian and Gay Men's Studies categories. Virtual Equality (Anchor) comes from former National Gay and Lesbian Task Force executive director Urvashi Vaid, and argues that the gay and lesbian movement will never succeed until it gives up its dream of assimilation and sees its struggle as tine to radically change society to make it tolerant of diversity and dif ference. Virtually Normal (Random House), by New Republic editor Andrew Sullivan, argues that the gay and lesbian movement will never succeed until it gives up its dream of radically restructuring society, and instead places its hope in winning for its members the same rights and opportunities. Such as marriage, enjoyed by thc rest of society. The other finalists in the Lesbian Studies category are Dyke Life (Basic Books), by Karla Jay; S/he (Firebrand), by Minnie Bruce Pratt; Tomboys (Alyson), edited by Lynn Yamaguchi and Karen Barber; and Parker and Hulme (Firebrand), by Julie Glamuzina and Alison J. Lurie. The other Gay Men's Studies nominees are Invention of Heterosexuality (Dutton), by Jonathan Ned Katz; De Los Otros (Columbia University), by Joseph Carrier; /, Pierre Seel, Deported Homosexual (BasicBooks), by Pierre Seel; and Saini-Foucault , by Daniel Halperin (Oxford University Press). In addition to The New Fuck You , Dyke Life , Tomboys and S/he were finalists in two categories. Large publishing houses continued to be well represented on Ihis year's fist, with Harper Collins having eleven titles. Viking/ Penguin ten finalists and Random House eight finalists. Among the gay, lesbian and feminist small presses. Firebrand led the way with five nominees, followed by four from Cleis, three from Alyson and 2 each from Seal, Naiad and BadBoy presses. The nomination process was further evidence of the ongoing boom in gay and lesbian books: nearly 450 books were nominated for the award, wilh especially large numbers of titles in categories such as Lesbian Fiction (45), Gay Men's Studies (43), Nonfiction Anthologies (35), and Small Press (60). The Lambda Literary Awards have a three tier selection process. A list of nominees is assembled bled from ballots sent in by readers: this year, nearly 300,000 ballots were distributed nationwide. The books nominated were narrowed down to five finalists in each caiegory by a finalist committee that included gay and lesbian book professionals, members of the lesbian and gay press and others. 104 judges, representing a broad cross- section of ihe entire lesbian and gay literary community, will select a single book in each category from among the finalists. 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