The Lambda Literary Foundation has been busy re-vamping their web site and today they launched the shiny new, community-based version. Lamda is a mainstream literary organization, but it is friendly to genre writers (Nicola Griffith is on the Board). Consequently we get a fair slice of the launch content. Malinda Lo talks to other writers about what LGBTQ teenagers want from their reading. There’s an interview with Elizabeth Bear. And there’s me, talking about “Trans Lit” (and whether there is such a thing).
I must say that I’m very honored to be in such excellent company. I also very much enjoyed writing the article because it meant I got to have phone calls with Kate Bronstein and Jenny Boylan (squee!). If I can sell them on an article that gives me an excuse to interview Jan Morris I shall bounce with glee.
Given the past record of Lambda with trans issues I was a bit apprehensive. The editor, Antonio Gonzalez, like many gay men, knew little about trans people when we first started talking. However, unlike certain other people (hello, Bil Browning – still in the bunker refusing to admit to any mistakes, are we?), he was very willing to learn. If there are any trans people out there who are nervous about getting involved, I can say that thus far my experience of their attitude has been very positive.