For a lot of reasons, Pride means something different this year than perhaps we’ve been used to; we’re showing love for our community by distancing to keep each other safe, and rededicating ourselves to our community’s history of fighting injustice and state violence by materially supporting — and in the case of Black LGBTQ people, often leading — movements to protect Black lives and Black futures. Our community is resourceful, though, and always has been – there are so many ways people are celebrating together, and finding ways to uplift the work and lives of queer and trans people from a distance. One thing I know I don’t want to miss is Lambda Literary’s Pride 2020, and the chance to see some of my favorite queer authors right now instead of waiting for them to MAYBE go on a book tour through my city in 2022, and simultaneously contribute to an LGBT cultural institution during a harrowing and difficult time. Lambda’s mission has been to champion, nurture and advocate for LGBTQ writers for over 30 years, providing incubators for LGBTQ creative work like the Lambda Writers Retreat for Emerging LGBTQ Voices and opportunities for our community to recognize the important work being done for and about us with the Lambda Literary Awards; their 2020 Pride is just the latest example of space they’ve created to honor and uplift LGBTQ authors.
Watch theconversation between Sam Irby and Glennon Doyle about the collective life we’re leading right now! Sit in on the conversation between T Kira Madden and Kristen Arnett next Thursday, the 18th! Can you even imagine how incredible Nicole Byer is going to be reading from her book #VERYFAT #VERYBRAVE: The Fat Girl’s Guide to Being #Brave and Not a Dejected, Melancholy, Down-in-the-Dumps Weeping Fat Girl in a Bikini? If you’ve been soaking up Chani Nicholas‘s astrology content through quarantine, you’ll want to see her in conversation with Jacob Tobia! As if that weren’t enough, there’s still time to get tickets to Jane Wagner, Lily Tomlin, and Hilton Als in conversation — there’s even a special performance from The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe, my favorite Lily Tomlin performance that no one else has ever seen!
All events are pay what you wish. Suggested donation is $10 to $100. Proceeds benefit Lambda Literary. Want to check out these authors’ books before, during or after their events? We’ve got you!