Updated to add a link to this amazing post by former Lambda Award winner Lee Thomas: http://leethomas.livejournal.com/157333.h
I'm especially enamored of this bit:
"I think this is a terrible move on the part of the LLF. Narrowing the field does nothing to improve the award's credibility and it's something of a slap in the face to gay writers as it suggests we can't compete with the straight folks.
Particularly disturbing to me is this passage:
'We also took into consideration the despair of our own writers when a heterosexual writer, who has written a fine book about us, wins a Lambda Award, when one or more of our own LGBT writers may have as a Finalist a book that may be the only chance in a career at a Lambda Literary Award.'
Okay, I despair over not having my work taken seriously, so give me one of them Pulitzers or maybe a National Book Award. Whatever. I'm not picky. Being a gay writer should not entitle you to an award, any award, particularly when that award was once considered a literary honor, not a giftie for sexual orientation."
Teddy Pig says this: http://www.teddypig.com/2009/09/shame-on-m
Victor J. Banis says this: http://www.mlrpressauthors.com/2009/09/t
Erastes says this: http://erastes.livejournal.com/449814.ht
Emmyjag says this: http://emmyjag.livejournal.com/146174.ht
On the good news front, I received an email from noted reviewer Elisa Rolle about her plan to create the "Rainbow Awards" for excellence in LGBT fiction and non-fiction. (Link to informational post: http://elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/79926
(x-posted to SelahMarch.com)