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3 Inspiring Queer Bookstores Across the World

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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New Teen Book Is Guide To Taking The First Steps To Be Gay And Proud

Every young person needs some advice sometimes, especially if you’re dealing with your own sexual identity and don’t know where to turn for help. Luckily, that’s where a new book by Riyadh Khalaf is here to help with that. According to Washington Blade the book is entitled Yay! You’re Gay! Now What? 

 

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In it, Riyadh offers advice to teens who admit they’ve been feeling ‘different’ than other kids. The author was quoted as saying he wants to realize young people can see that being gay is actually a “gift” and hopes this book will serve as a handy guide for helping them through a difficult part of their life.

 

 

The book intends to recognize the anxiety that comes with knowing you’re gay before changing that train of thinking early. In addition, the book emphasizes how to pursue a healthy gay relationship: recognize who you are but also recognize that consent is important and if you’re online, don’t let strangers make you do anything you find uncomfortable. As a result, some contents of the book deal openly with sexual situations and can be graphic for some, but never gratuitously so since the point is always to educate.

Lighthearted and easily accessible, the book is a fun, hilarious read filled with stories of gay men all around the world. Anyone who needs some help along the way will, upon reading this book, will not only is being gay a-okay but, more importantly, they are not alone.

 

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