Michael Bronski, Professor of the Practice in Media and Activism in Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality, is the 2017 recipient of the Publishing Triangle's Bill Whitehead Award for Lifetime Achievement. The Bill Whitehead Award for Lifetime Achievement, an annual literary award honoring lifetime achievement by writers within the LGBTQ community, is arguably the single most prestigious award in honor of LGBTQ writers. Past recipients include Audre Lorde, Adrienne Rich, Martin Duberman, Samuel R. Delany, Lillian Faderman, Alison Bechdel, and Jonathan Ned Katz.
Since 1970, Bronski has written extensively on culture, politics, film, theater, books, sexuality, LGBTQ culture, and current events. His essays have appeared in over a hundred anthologies. As a member of the Fag Rag and Gay Community News collectives in the 1970s and 1980s, he was fundamental in the formation of a national LGBTQ press. During this time, he was a founding member of the influential Good Gay Poets Press and Fag Rag Books, two of the earliest LGBTQ small presses. From 1993 to 1999 he programed OutWrite, the national LGBTQ writer's conference. He now edits two series, Queer Ideas and Queer Action, for Beacon Press. In addition to his six books, his writing has appeared in diverse publications including The Village Voice, Cineaste, The Los Angeles Times, The Boston Globe, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Utne Reader, Boston Phoenix, The Advocate, Boston Gay Review, Lambda Book Report, Z, The Nation, Radical America, Boston Review, Notches, Journal of Human Sexuality, Harvard Design Magazine, and Contemporary Women's Writing.
His numerous awards and fellowships include the 1995 AIDS Action Committee Community Recognition Award for 20 years of journalism on gay and AIDS-related topics; the 1996 Cambridge Lavender Alliance Lifetime Achievement Award for journalism and political organizing; the 1999 Martin Duberman Fellowship for scholarly research in LGBT studies, awarded by the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies, City University of New York; the 1999 Stonewall Award, in recognition for "helping improve the lives of LGBT people in the United States" granted by the Anderson Prize Foundation; the Lambda Literary Award for Best Anthology for his 2003 Pulp Friction: Uncovering the Golden Age of Gay Male Pulps; the 2004 Leadership Award from the Dartmouth Gay and Lesbian Alumni Association; the 2008 Distinguished Lecturer Award granted by Dean of Faculty of Dartmouth College; and the Lambda Literary Award as well as an American Library Association Stonewall Israel Fishman Award for his 2011 book A Queer History of the United States.
Bronski will be presented with this prize at the Publishing Triangle's annual awards ceremony, being held on April 27, 2017, at the New School in New York City. Admission is free and open to the public. Please join the WGS community in congratulating him on this momentous achievement!