GAY WEDDING PHOTOS: Larry Benjamin and Stanley Willauer Marry on the 45th Anniversary of Stonewall

Larry Benjamin (left) and Stanley TK on their wedding day.

Larry Benjamin (left) and Stanley Willauer on their wedding day.

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:

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Philly Writer Wins IPPY Award for Gay Romance Novel Unbroken

lgbt black history month spotlight author larry benjaminA 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.”

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Local Writers Nominated for Lambda Literary Awards

Local writers Glenway Wescott (left), Derek Palacio (top right) and Larry Benjamin are up for 2014 Lambda Literary Awards.

Local writers Glenway Wescott (left), Derek Palacio (top right) and Larry Benjamin are up for 2014 Lambda Literary Awards.

After thumbing through a record-breaking 746 submissions, the Lambda Literary Foundation has announced the nominees for the 26th annual Lammys. The list, which rewards excellence in LGBT writing in books in 2013, includes two wordsmiths from our neck of the woods.

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LGBT Black History Month Spotlight:
7 Questions With Gay-Romance Novelst Larry Benjamin

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.

7 questions with Larry Benjamin after the jump