For Colored Boys has been nominated as a finalist of the 25th Annual Lambda Literary Awards. The Lambda Literary Awards were announced today by the Lambda Literary Foundation in Los Angeles.
Other nominees in the LGBT Anthology category include: Here Come the Brides!: Reflections on Lesbian Love and Marriage, No Straight Lines: Four Decades of Queer Comics and Why Are Faggots So Afraid of Faggots? Flaming Challenges to Masculinity, Objectification, and the Desire to Conform.
This year's nominees faced fierce competition. The Lambda Literary Foundation "set a new record in 2013 for both the number
of LGBT books submitted for Lammy consideration, 687, and the number of
publishers participating, 332," said LLF's Tony Valenzuela.
The reception to the book continues to be "fantastic", editor Keith Boykin told Rod 2.0 this afternoon.
"I continue to be inspired by the words and stories of the 40+
contributors in the book," said Boykin, the MSNBC/CNBC contributor and former aide to President Bill Clinton. "This award nomination reaffirms my faith that
our stories do have meaning and deserve to be told. I hope more people—and especially more young people—will pick up the book, read some of
these amazing stories, and realize they are not alone."
The young authors included in For Colored Boys have said that it was
important for them to speak out. “I've been open about my life for
nearly a decade and each day is an opportunity to come out,” 26-year-old
White House Special Assistant Jamal Brown told EBONY last August in my review and preview of the ground-breaking anthology. The Dartmouth grad was named to the OUT 100 in 2008. "Hopefully I can inspire someone who is being shamed by their peers and doesn't have the space to live their life truly free."
"Hopefully Black gay youth can see themselves in my story or any other
story in this book," 24-year-old David Bridgeforth told EBONY. Bridgeforth is the editor and publisher of DBQ Magazine."It’s important for them to know that they are
celebrated, loved and valued."
For Colored Boys
includes 44 contributions from 42 authors. "The contributors' ages range
from 23 to 63. We have at least 5 writers in their 20s," added Boykin.
Lambda Literary Awards will be presented on June 3 in New York City. The American Library Association
Awards will be presented later that month in Chicago. So proud to be a contributor to this
game-changing anthology. Bravo and congratulations to everyone involved!
The ALA's Stonewall Book Awards were founded in 1971 and are the nation's "[oldest] and most enduring awards" for LGBT literature. The awards are quite prestigious. Recent winners of the Israel Fishman Non-Fiction Award include The Fabulous Sylvester by Joshua Gamson, Lost Prophet: The Life and Times of Bayard Rustin by John D'Emilio and A Queer History of the United States by Michael Bronski.
The reception to the book has been "fantastic", Boykin told Rod 2.0 this afternoon.
"In the past 6 months, I've heard from Black gay men, college students,
parents and suicide prevention counselors," said MSNBC/CNBC contributor Boykin, a former aide to President Bill Clinton. "And they almost all say the
same thing: 'I wish this book had been around when I was younger.' I'm glad this book is out there now."
The award will be presented in June at the American Library Association Annual Conference in Chicago. So proud to be a contributor to this game-changing anthology. Bravo and congratulations to everyone involved!