Dundurn Press is thrilled to announce that Funny Gyal by Angeline Jackson is shortlisted for the 2023 Lambda Literary Award for LGBTQ+ Young Adult. Congratulations Angeline!
Funny Gyal tells Angeline’s inspiring story of standing up to the culture of homophobia in Jamaica by sharing the story of her sexual and spiritual awakening as well as her traumatic experience of “corrective rape.” In 2015 during a state visit to Jamaica, President Barack Obama recognized Angeline Jackson for her bravery and her global activism he said, “Instead of remaining silent, she chose to speak out … That’s the power of one person.”
In 1989, the Lambda Literary Awards were created to garner national visibility for LGBTQ books, which had established a foothold through a nascent network of lesbian and gay publishers and bookstores. Today, the Lammys celebrate more than 150 LGBTQ writers across 25 categories, and include several cash prizes for writers at all stages in their careers. To learn more about the awards, visit here.