John Waters, LGBT Authors honoured at Lambda Literary Awards

"My early films look terrible!" says filmmaker John Waters. "I didn't know what I was doing. I learned when I was doing it. I never went to film school." Waters, who is known for films such as the outlandish Pink Flamingos and Hairspray, has written a new book, Carsick.

New York City welcomed the best and brightest minds of contemporary LGBTIQ literature as it hosted the 27th Annual Lambda Literary Awards.

The awards celebrate outstanding literary works that focus on queer themes and issues. This includes fiction and non-fiction works of varying genres, with categories for trans, bisexual, lesbian and gay focused content.

Special honours this year went to Rita Mae Brown, who received the Pioneer Award for her 1973 novel, ‘Rubyfruit Jungle’.

Auteur John Waters also took to the stage to accept the Trustee Award for Excellence in Literature. Waters dedicated his award to the owners of a bookstore he had worked for in his youth, to whom he attributes his “true education”.

See the full list of winners and their works at