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Foundation presents honors

Visionary authors recognized

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Roxane Gay and Edmund White were honored with Lambda Literary Foundation’s Trustee and Visionary Awards, respectively. Rick Whitaker introduced Edmund White with a tribute composed entirely from sentences found in Mr. White’s books. Accepting the Visionary Award, White shared, “Contained in the word "novel" is novelty, and lesbian and gay writers have been lucky to write about this new world.”  

Rebecca Solnit introduced Roxane Gay, who won the Trustee Award. “The word "encourage" literally means to instill courage, and Roxane’s work is marked by both courage and encouragement,” said Solnit. During her acceptance speech, Gay said “As a woman, as a black woman, as a queer woman, writing has offered me salvation and sanctuary.”