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For years queer bookstores have served as community centers for members of the LGBTQ+ community to meet and discuss literature, films and other art forms in a safe space created just for them. Now, as more queer writers produce more and more queer literature, these bookshops remain a place to gather and find a community for members of the community and allies alike all around the world.
Gay’s the Word, London
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Opening in 1797, Gay’s the Word has hosted the Lesbian Discussion Group and the Gay Black Group for years. Located in Central London’s Bloomsbury, this shop continues its mission of inclusion and discussion. The catchy name comes from a 1951 West End musical produced by Ivor Novello and Alan Melville.
Les Mots à la Bouche, Paris
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Located in the heart of Paris’ queer neighborhood is Les Mots à la Bouche. This book shop (roughly translating to “at the tip of the tongue”) focuses on archival material. In addition to its large selection of current fiction and nonfiction, Les Mots à la Bouche also houses historical relics including comics, DVDs and magazines. Tourists rejoice as many of these relics are offered in English so Americans on a queer lit holiday may rejoice in these relics with their French counterparts.
Prinz Eisenherz Buchladen, Berlin
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Located in the central Schöneberg area, Berlin’s resident queer bookshop was opened in 1978 as a way to make queer literature and content commonplace in Berlin’s book scene. After three moves and a constantly growing collection, the center now prides itself on its extensive collection of fiction, zines, autobiographies, and films that serves as the center of Germany’s queer scene.
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Like anyone, I like a good book cafe a lot. A lot a lot. And I’m lucky to live near some great ones. But unfortunately, I don’t live near any of these wonders.
El Ateneo Grand Splendid – Buenos Aires
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This cafe is built in an old theatre, now filled to the brim with books. The cafe is on the stage, so you’re the star drinking your coffee. The ceiling is packed with original frescoes, and the stage used to host tango, and then the first sound films shown in Buenos Aires. Now, feel like an ingenue from the theatre’s building in 1919, leaning off the balconies and looking at the books.
Yenny El ateneo – Mexico City
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Do you like books? Do you like plants? Check out this gorgeous bookstore in Mexico City. Vaguely deco, and packed with books, this honestly looks the way I want my house to. Who cares about the walls? They’re covered in books anyway. #goals. Anyway, gotta plan a visit ASAP, with an empty suitcase for all my MISTAKES.
Lotz-Terem – Budapest
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Unfortunately this is no longer a bookstore, but the space does still involve digital media, and a cafe. They also redid a lot of it, which is unfortunate, but we can respect bookstores we’ve lost. Just look at that ceiling! *sigh* RIP bookstore cafe. Look at those chandeliers. Ten out of ten, would have bought a book and read here for hours.
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