The 25th Annual Lambda Literary Awards recently announced their winners, and among the recipients was novelist John Irving for his fiction book In One Person. I interviewed Irving about this time last year, just as the book was being released (we actually had dinner together on its release date), and he’s one of the best allies the LGBT community can claim. Starting with his character Roberta Muldoon in The World According to Garp, he’s addressed sexual orientation cogently and respectfully. He even has a gay son. The choice of In One Person for an award is well-deserved.
I was disappointed, though, that John Boyne’s The Absolutist — surely one of the finest novels of 2012, and one with a staggeringly smart introduction of gay issues — didn’t win its category. Ah well. But Dale Carpenter, who has contributed to Dallas Voice, did win, for his history of Lawrence v. Texas.
A complete list of winners after the jump.