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Nation’s oldest gay bookstore to reopen in Philadelphia

| Monday, August 25, 2014
Shown is a historical marker outside of Ed Hermance's Giovanni's Room, the nation's oldest gay bookstore on Tuesday, April 29, 2014, in Philadelphia.
PHILADELPHIA -- The nation's oldest gay bookstore will reopen next month in Philadelphia after closing three months ago due to financial problems. Philly AIDS Thrift says it's taking over the shop called Giovanni's Room. It had closed in May after 41 years, citing competition from online outlets. Philly AIDS Thrift already operates a secondhand store whose proceeds ...

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Mormon school bookstore yanks Hallmark’s same-sex marriage cards

| Wednesday, August 20, 2014
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SALT LAKE CITY -- Greeting cards celebrating same-sex marriages turned up at the Brigham Young University bookstore Tuesday. Placed by Hallmark, the cards reading "Mr. and Mr." and "Mrs. and Mrs." were quickly removed when bookstore staff discovered them after photos surfaced online. The outside vendor stocked the shelves without realizing the school wouldn't want ...

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Giovanni’s Room, nation’s oldest surviving LGBT bookstore, to close

| Monday, April 28, 2014
Shown is a historical marker outside of Ed Hermance's Giovanni's Room, the nation's oldest gay bookstore on Tuesday, April 29, 2014, in Philadelphia.
PHILADELPHIA — The nation's oldest gay bookstore is writing its final chapter. The owner of Giovanni's Room in Philadelphia says he'll close the doors to the 41-year-old store by the end of next month.

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Giovanni’s Room, nation’s oldest surviving LGBT bookstore is for sale

| Friday, September 6, 2013
The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission's marker at Giovanni's Room, unveiled on Sunday, October 15, 2011.
PHILADELPHIA -- The owner of nation's oldest surviving LGBT bookstore said that he is retiring after 37 years and is putting the shop and its building up for sale, potentially ending four decades of operation.

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‘Band of Thebes’ helps community source the best of LGBT literature

| Sunday, December 2, 2012
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With LGBT bookstores shuttering and the consolidation of gay media resulting in reduced promotional opportunities for publishers and authors, few venues remain for discovering literature reflecting the gay experience. Happily, Stephen Bottum continues to provide one of the best sources for LGBT publishing news on his blog, Band of Thebes, which he began five years ago.

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London’s famed ‘Gay’s the Word’ book store vandalized

| Monday, August 8, 2011
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The staff of London's famed "Gay's The Word" bookstore on Monday arrived for work to find the front window smashed and that the storefront vandalized with eggs.

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‘Landmark’ DC gay bookstore announces closing

| Saturday, December 5, 2009
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Lambda Rising, a bookstore serving the LGBT community in the nation’s capital for 35 years, is closing its Washington DC store in Dupont Circle and its remaining out-of-town store in Rehoboth Beach, Del., in January, reports DC Agenda. The closings, announced Friday, mark the end...

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Indy’s only gay bookstore to close after Christmas

| Saturday, November 28, 2009
Out Word Bound, Indianapolis' only gay and lesbian bookstore, will close its doors after Christmas, reports the Indianapolis Star. "It has been a good run," owners Mary Byrne and Tammara Tracy wrote in an e-mail to customers Wednesday. For more than a decade, the downtown...

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