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The 31st Annual Lambda Literary Awards, the world’s largest LGBTQ ceremony of its kind, was held June 3 at the NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts in New York City. Lammys were awarded to 24 winners in categories that ranged from fiction and nonfiction to poetry and graphic novels.

A transwoman from El Salvador who was being held by U.S. immigration authorities died June 1 — the first day of Pride month, and four days after she was released from custody and taken to a hospital.

The “Philly Lights Up Rainbow” display will happen after sundown on two nights throughout the month: Sunday, June 9, on the evening of the Philadelphia PrideDay Parade and Festival, and on June 30, when New York City hosts its WorldPride march.

In the decade before the Stonewall, queer underground newsletters and small ’zine-style publications began to proliferate across the country, especially in cities with large gay and lesbian populations like New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Philadelphia.

In the years before Stonewall and Pride, LGBT activism was criminalized and subversive. In the 1950s, Sen. Joe McCarthy (R-WI), leader of the House Un-American Activities Committee hearings, was looking for Communists.

Shades: A Celebration of Black, Queer Identities & Expression

Thursday, June 6, 6 p.m.-midnight; $15-$50

New Voices for Reproductive Justice hosts this two-part event in support of its mission to promote health and well-being among female-identifying members of the black queer community. The evening begins with a discussion panel on the intersectionality of gender and reproductive justice followed by an awards ceremony recognizing movers and shakers in the Black LGBTQ-plus community, such as Erin-Aja Grant (Abortion Care Network), Christian Lovehall (Philly Trans March) and Shani Akilah (Black & Brown Workers Cooperative). The lights go down at 8 p.m. for the main event, which features tunes by DJ Marceline and live performances from Black Rapp Madusa and Magui Fe.

SOMO SoPhi, 3101 S. 13th St.; 267-365-7120;

Pride shhhOUT! Pride Kick-Off Block Party

Friday, June 7, 4 p.m.

Toasted Walnut is hosting a two-day Pride kick-off party, including a block party on Friday, which includes an all-night after party and a dance party on Saturday, complete with go-go girls.

Toasted Walnut, 1316 Walnut St.; 215-546-8888;

Joseph “Joe” Beam was the editor of the 1986 collection “In the Life: a Black Gay Anthology” — the first compendia of black gay writing. Beam was a board member of the National Coalition of Black Lesbians and Gays and a founding editor of Black/Out magazine. His work appeared in numerous local and national publications, including PGN, The Advocate, Au Courant and Windy City Times. Beam served on the Gay and Lesbian Task Force of the American Friends Service Committee.

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