Moderated by: Cheryl Klein
What is the measure of progress? LGBTQ visibility is at an all-time high in 2016—there are more of us in mainstream media than ever before, and we have won some hard-fought battles for our civil and human rights, such as marriage equality and the recognition of queer diversity in education. Yet we are also experiencing a period of dwindling resources for LGBTQ publishing opportunities, and a narrowing of the field for who gets to be visible in the marketplace—on the page and in the public eye. And, even during the more expansive and visible LGBTQ publishing era, many voices (people of color, lesbian, and trans writers, etc.) were still under-represented.
Our LAMBDA LitFest Morning Plenary brings together esteemed members of the LGBTQ literary community from different generations to help us frame the challenges of inclusivity for LGBTQ writers and readers today, examine how our Intersectional identities inform the writing, discuss institutional barriers and new opportunities in publishing and the literary space, and to hear how each of them addresses artistic practice and the practical matters of being a queer writer in the 21st century