Retha Powers and J. Michael Bailey

Retha Powers was on the 2003 selection committee for the Lambda Literary Awards. This committee voted to honor The Man Who Would Be Queen by J. Michael Bailey as a finalist for an award in the trans category in February 2004.

Retha Powers works with David Rosen, another committee member honoring Bailey.

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On 24 February 2004, the selection committee including Retha Powers voted to retain the nomination of this book over the objections of the trans community and other concerned parties around the world.

In March 2004, the committee reconsidered and withdrew this nomination.

I will publish any comments or responses from Retha Powers regarding this matter as I receive them.

Other resources

Lambda Literary Foundation index page

LINK: Full Lambda Literary Award coverage (by Professor Lynn Conway)