Imogen Binnie, Red Durkin, Ryka Aoki, Casey Plett, Susan Jane Bigelow, Terence Diamond, Carter Sickels and Adam Halwitz take the stage to accept the award for Transgender Fiction at the 25th Annual Lambda Literary Awards.
Text of their speech is as follows:
This is an exciting time to be trans artists and activists. There are more trans writers here tonight than there have ever been, and it’s an honor to share this night with all of you. We are proud that The Collection is part of a transgender political movement that has never been more vibrant. In the last year, we have seen an outpouring of support for trans prisoners like CeCe McDonald. We have also witnessed the first artists to withdraw from the Michigan Women’s Music Festival in response to the 22-year boycott. And tonight, for the first time, transgender authors are accepting the award for transgender fiction.
We’d like to thank Black and Pink and the hundreds of people who bought The Collection for trans and queer prisoners around the country. Tonight we’re in a room full of people who believe that writing can change the world, and you’re right. So when you get home, we encourage you all to visit blackandpink.org to get an LGBT prison pen pal.
Thank you and have a wonderful evening.
Editors Tom Léger & Riley MacLeod, along with the 28 contributing authors (including Imogen Binnie, Red Durkin, Madison Lynn McEvilly, Alice Doyle and many more) became the first trans authors to win the Lambda Literary Award for Transgender Fiction last night for Topside Press’s The Collection: Short Fiction from the Transgender Vanguard! So proud of all of them! For those of you who have not read The Collection or purchased it for your libraries, it is beautiful and I cannot recommend it highly enough!