GayRomLit is a reader-focused retreat dedicated to the celebration and advancement of LGBT romance. Organized by authors, sponsored by authors and publishers, GayRomLit’s mission is to connect readers to the authors they love and the ones they have yet to fall for within a safe, supportive, affordable, and fabulous environment.
In 2010, Carol Lynne and Ethan Day started discussing the need for a reader weekend focused on LGBT romance, and with the help of a founding team of organizers, volunteers, authors and readers, launched the wildly successful and much-lauded 2011 GayRomLit Retreat in New Orleans. GRL’s second year brought changes, with new organizers joining the team while others had to bow out for family and career—then, in the thick of 2012 preparations, member William Neale tragically passed away. In a testament to the power and devotion of the LGBT romance community, not only did new organizers step up to the plate but the second retreat in Albuquerque, New Mexico unfolded with as much fanfare and fabulosity as the conference’s inaugural year. Having passed its trial by fire and standing on the shoulders of experience, the GRL organizer team heads confidently into the 2013 retreat in Atlanta. In addition to all that made the first two years special, year three included the addition of a pre-conference Writers Workshop. GRL partnered with the Rainbow Romance Writers to offer a workshop full of events to help and guide both established as aspiring writers.