Queerty’s article, The Last Chapter: A Look At LGBT Bookstores Around the World, got me to thinking about this small and quirky group that have defied the odds by remaining open, and I’d like to wish all these owners success in 2012 and beyond. I love LGBT bookstores and consider Boston lucky to still have at least one in operation.
Not too long ago most large cities had a collection of LGBT bookstores that catered to the community, but over the years, most of these have closed. Truth be told, I’m not much of a shopper, but I’ve always enjoyed nosing around a neighborhood bookstore and have visited a few of the places featured in the article. Check out Queerty’s list and consider stopping by one of these shops.
If you live in Boston or plan to visit, certainly check out Calamus Bookstore in the Leather District near South Station and Chinatown. If you’re unfamiliar with Boston, the Leather District may be a bit misleading. The neighborhood derives its name from the city’s leather tanneries located here in the 19th & 20th centuries. However, by sheer coincidence, you can buy all sorts of leather apparel at the Marquis de Sade which is just above Calamus bookstore.
More LGBT bookstores listed by city
Atlanta – Outwrite
Boston – Calamus Books
London – Gay’s the word
Paris – Les Mots a la Bouche
Philadelphia – Giovanni’s Room
Vancouver – Little Sisters
Washington DC – Kramerbooks
Share in the comments section of this post the names of any LGBT bookstores not mentioned – include the bookstore’s name, web address and city. If I get a fair number of stores, I’ll compile a list and republish in the near future.