Posted on 03/21/2022 at 03:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Last week's finalists for the 2022 Lambda Literary Awards were announced with great fanfare.

One author who wasn't celebrating, though? Lauren Hough.

Hough revealed yesterday that her debut essay collection, Leaving Isn’t the Hardest Thing, had been removed from consideration for a Lammy before the public announcements.

She was told, via email, that the organization was concerned about her involvement in "Twitter disputes."

This, according to Hough, refers to her online defense of the book The Men, which comes out in June.

The book imagines a world in which men suddenly disappear; Hough says she and author Sandra Newman discussed how that phenomenon would affect transgender people, and that Newman sent her an early version of the book.

So Hough told Twitter users condemning the book that they should wait to read it before criticizing how it addresses transgender people ... and most of them did not respond graciously.

You can read Hough's full accounting of the Lambda Literary Award saga on her Substack.

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