Philadelphia novelist Larry Benjamin and his longtime partner, Stanley Willauer, were married at the Philadelphia Wedding Chapel in East Falls on June 28th. The date, Benjamin tells me, has particular significance—not only is it the day of their original commitment ceremony 17 years ago, but the 45th anniversary of the Stonewall riots. Here, he shares a little more about their day:
A while back I told you about Philly writer Larry Benjamin, whose 2013 novel Unbroken is nominated for one of this year’s Lambda Literary Awards in the Gay Romance category. Well, he’ll be going into the early-June awards ceremony a winner, because last week it was announced that the book scored gold in the LGBT fiction category at the 2014 Independent Publisher Book awards. The awards — known as IPPYs — “are designed to bring increased recognition to the deserving but often unsung titles published by independent authors and publishers.”
In partnership with Philadelphia Black Gay Pride, every day throughout the month of February we will spotlight one of the most important black movers and shakers in the city.
Today, local author Larry Benjamin. Mr. Benjamin has published three gay-romance works: the 2013 Rainbow Award runner-up for Best Gay Contemporary General Fiction, Damaged Angels; the steamy, Philadelphia-inspired What Binds Us; and his most recent, coming-of-age novel Unbroken. He was also one of our most-fab LGBT Six Word Memoirists.