Lambda LitFest is going all virtual, making 2020 the first year that it can be experienced live by those outside of Los Angeles. The LGBTQ+ book festival (October 5-9, 2020) is sponsored by Lambda Literary, the organization that supports queer authors and books.
The fourth annual event's theme is celebrating and defending Black LGBTQ+ lives, and it will feature over 20 queer writers of color in conversations on their craft, finding joy in times of crisis, and how to dismantle a white supremacist, ableist, cisgender, heteronormative world.
Here's a run down on the week's events. Lambda LitFest events are free, but registration is required. Events will take place over Zoom and include ASL interpretation.
October 5th, 2020 6:00 p.m. PT / 9:00 p.m. ET
Join Nicole Shawan Junior, Roger Q. Mason, Jordyn Jay, Nasir Kenneth Ferebee, and George M. Johnson for a discussion on Black joy, how happiness can be celebrated in Black art, and the importance of it for the health of queer Black communities. Register here.
October 6th, 2020 6:00 p.m. PT / 9:00 p.m. ET
Four of today’s leading Black artists (Jaden, Juliana Huxtable, t’ai freedom ford, and Marrion Johnson) share their perspectives on Black queer aesthetics and how they define, create, and imagine art-making. Register here.
WRITING IN HOLLYWOOD AS BLACK AND POC LGBTQIA+ FOLKS
October 7th, 2020 6:00 p.m. PT / 9:00 p.m. ET
Steve Harper, Kase Peña, Taneka Stotts, and Darnell L. Moore explore what happens behind the screen in a time where “diversity” is a slogan, but not necessarily how the industry functions. Black and POC industry professionals will discuss re-imagining the future of Hollywood and how they are manifesting their dreams. Register here.
POLITICS, ACTIVISM WRITING THROUGH A BLACK & POC LGBTQIA+ LENS
October 8th, 2020 6:00 p.m. PT / 9:00 p.m. ET
Kai M. Green, féi hernandez, edxi, Ianne Fields Stewart, and Zach Stafford discuss being BIPOC LGBTQIA+ writers and activists within a white supremacist cisgender heteronormative world. And what activism & writing means to them as a BIPOC LGBTQIA+ creators. Register here.
SEX & BODY POLITICS
October 9th, 2020 6:00 p.m. PT / 9:00 p.m. ET
A panel where there are no rules or norms to follow. Brontez Purnell, Kenyon Farrow, KOKUMO, Nahshon D. Anderson, and Randa Jarrar discuss sex and the body without censorship and share how sex & body politics manifest in their writing. Register here.