The Best LGBTQ+ Books of 2022, According to Lambda Literary

The Lambda Literary Foundation has announced the winners of its annual Lambda Literary Awards, also known as the “Lammys”.

The 24 winners of the LGBTQ+ award were chosen from 120 finalists in categories including lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender fiction, poetry and non-fiction. Although the event was posted online, acting co-executive directors Cleopatra Acquaye and Maxwell Scales told us they were more excited about it than ever. They found that moving things online “allows for greater accessibility, creating space for people with a variety of needs to attend, but also opening up the ceremony for more people to join from around the world. country and in the world”. It also gave them the opportunity to think about hybrid models for future Lammy awards, regardless of the quarantine conditions. That way, as many people as possible can join, Acquaye told us, highlighting those who may be “isolated or in rural areas.”

The Lammys are particularly significant this year – a recent study by the American Library Association found that half of the 10 most contested and banned books in the United States were chosen for their LGBTQ content.

“At the end of the day, it’s a party,” Acquaye said. “It’s a time to celebrate and talk about what we’ve achieved, to mourn the artists we’ve lost, and to look cute while doing it.”

2022 Lambda Literary Prize Winners

Below are the 24 winners of the 2022 Lambda Literary Awards.

bisexual fiction

“We Want What We Want” by Alix Ohlin

Bisexual non-fiction

Borealis by Aisha Sabatini Sloan

bisexual poetry

“Gumbo Ya Ya” by Auriel Marie

gay fiction

“100 Boyfriends” by Brontez Purnell

Gay memoir/biography

“Punch Me Up to the Gods: A Memoir” by Brian Broome

gay poetry

‘Punks: New and Selected Poems’ by John Keene

gay novel

“Excellent Sons: A Love Story in Three Acts” by Larry Benjamin

lesbian fiction

Skye Falling by Mia McKenzie

Lesbian memoir/biography

“The One You Want to Marry (and Other Identities I’ve Had): A Memoir” by Sophie Santos

lesbian poetry

“Last Days” by Tamiko Beyer

lesbian romance

“The Headmistress” by Milena McKay

LGBTQ Anthology

‘Mouths of Rain: An Anthology of Black Lesbian Thought’, edited by Briona Simone Jones

LGBTQ/middle level children

‘Calvin’ by JR and Vanessa Ford

LGBTQ comics

‘Stone Fruit’ by Lee Lai

LGBTQ drama

‘Mrs. Harrison’ by R. Eric Thomas

LGBTQ erotica

“Big Joe” by Samuel R. Delany

LGBTQ Mystery

“The Wild Kind” by John Copenhaver

LGBTQ nonfiction

“Let the Record Show” by Sarah Schulman

LGBTQ speculative fiction

“No Gods, No Monsters” by Cadwell Turnbull

LGBTQ Studies

‘Vice Patrol: Cops, Courts, and the Struggle over Urban Gay Life before Stonewall’ by Anna Lvovsky

LGBTQ young adult

‘The Heartbreak Bakery’ by AR Capetta

transgender fiction

“Summer Fun” by Jeanne Thornton

transgender nonfiction

‘Belly of the Beast: The Politics of Anti-Fatness as Anti-Blackness’ by Da’Shaun Harrison

transgender poetry

‘Crossbones on My Life’ by Mason J

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