In honor of MATHEW SHEPARD’s death, 20 years later

Judy Wieder NLGJA Award
Judy getting the NLGJA Award for Excellence in Book Writing.

A Career Less Ordinary: Pioneering Lesbian Editor Judy Wieder Tells Her Tale

The Advocate’s first female editor-in-chief, Judy Wieder, chronicles her fascinating life — which included time as a folk singer, disco songwriter, and hair band journalist — in Random Events Tend to Cluster. BY TRACY E. GILCHRIST With a career that includes gigs and jobs as far-flung as folk singer, gold-record winning songwriter of the disco …

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About Judy Wieder

Judy WiederAn accomplished songwriter, Judy has had more than 40 songs recorded from 1977 to 2003 (including the disco-era classics “Star Love,” “It Must Be Love,”and “You Got Me Running”). She’s topped the dance and pop charts twice and has captured one Grammy Award, two Grammy nominations, and multiple gold and platinum albums.

Judy has toured, edited, and written for several rock and music publications including Creem, Cream Metal, and RIP!

In 1992, Judy became the Editor of Genre magazine for a year before joining The Advocate as Arts & Entertainment Editor. Over a period of four years she rose through the ranks to become the first female Editor in Chief in the then 35-year history of the publication. After steering the magazine through the diverse challenges of the mid-and-late-90s’ equal rights movement, Judy was named Editorial Director of OUT magazine, The Advocate, Advocate.com, Alyson Books, and The OutTraveler from 2002—2006.

Judy’s personal accomplishments include the “Outstanding Leadership” award from the Human Rights Campaign, and the “Leadership Award” from the National LGBTQ Task Force. She is on the board of the Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Critics, and a 37-year member of both the National Academy of Arts & Sciences and Broadcast Music Inc. She is a founding member of the Planetary Society, and supports Ka Lokahi Native Planting in the Hawaiian marshes. An enthusiastic supporter of Kailua-Kona’s Hawai’i Island Humane Society, Judy has written often about the innovative Animal Community Center they are developing.

Random Events Tend To Cluster, (Lisa Hagan Books), is her first major book.



Invitation to Meet the Author

Date: February 25, 2018

Time: 2:00 - 5:00 PM

Location: Home of Carol King & Michael Rose, 12531 Indianpolis St., Los Angeles, CA 90066

Judy WiederHow would you like to have a conversation with a classical musician, a folk singer, a Grammy winning songwriter, a rock and roll journalist, and the first woman Editor-in-Chief of The Advocate, the national LGBT Newsmagazine of Record? Judy Wieder is all of those people, and she’s written “Random Events Tend To Cluster,” a lively memoir about all that and more.

She takes the reader on a tour through her adventures and weaves in random events in our recent history to contextualize her experiences, and our own.

Please come and meet Judy. She’ll share excerpts from her book and, if you’d like to buy one, you can take home a signed copy for $18 (cash or check only).

The third reading and launch party!

Date: October 22, 2017

Time: 4:30 to 6:30

Location: @ Antoinette Bills

The third reading and launch party!

Food and drinks and a chance to hear about and from the book, Random Events Tend To Cluster.

Judy Wieder Launch Party
Reading at 3rd launch party for “Random Events Tend To Cluster”

Judy Wieder Launch Party


2nd L.A. Book Launch Party by invitation only!

Date: October 8, 2017

Time: 2PM to 4PM

Location: Carol's

2nd L.A. Book Launch Party by invitation only!

A great way to be introduced to an unusual memoir.

First Book Launch Party, by invitation only.

Date: October 1, 2017

Time: 3PM to 5:30PM

Location: Landa-O'Neil's

First Book Launch Party, by invitation only.

Random Events Tend To Cluster has its first Los Angeles book reading and launch party

Judy Wieder introduced her memoir at the: Writer’s Cafe, 2017 NLGJA Convention

Date: September 8, 2017

Time: 2:30 PM

Location: Lowes Philadelphia Hotel: 1200 Market Street, Philadelphia, Penn. 19107

Judy Wieder introduced her memoir at the: Writer’s Cafe, 2017 NLGJA Convention

Author’s Cafe 2017: Print, Podcasts & Pastries

The Author’s Cafe was back with a twist! In addition to bringing authors and book lovers together, this year NLGJA welcomed podcasters to the Author’s Cafe. LGBTQ authors and podcasters shared their latest and greatest, offering guests a real opportunity  to engage in intimate conversation with the pros and soon to be pros.

Authors: 2017 National Convention, Friday, September 8 at 2:15 pm.





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