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Glad Day Bookshop in Canada, which may be the oldest “currently open” LGBT bookstore in the world, might have to close its doors after a stark decline in sales. According to the Star, the shop opened in 1970 and served as a refuge for gays and lesbians in Toronto. It also played a prominent role in the fight for LGBT rights. The bookshop’s owner, John Scythes, has been appealing to friends and customers for aid in keeping the iconic store alive. [TheStar]
LGBT Organizations Need Your Help: If you’re a native of Georgia or just want to spread some belated holiday cheer, a number of organizations like Charis Circle and Outwrite Bookstore & Coffeehouse could put your generous donations to use. Charis Circle is Charis Books & More’s nonprofit arm, and it’s seeking donations for a feminist center. Outwrite is continuing its “Save Outwrite Books” campaign to support a relocation attempt. [TheGAVoice]
John Medeiros Defends Gay Apology Letter: Poet and gay rights activist John Medeiros has become known for his satirical apology letter to Amy Koch, a conservative who recently came under fire for having an affair with a staffer. After a wave of positive responses –and also some criticism –Medeiros explains his motives behind the letter. He wrote:
“First and foremost, my letter is a piece of satire. I used the exact same arguments and the exact same language that have been used against the GLBT community since the marriage debate started.”
Best Lesbian-Centered Books of 2011: Though 2012 is already here, it’s still early enough in the New Year to catch up on all that reading you were supposed to finish up months ago! Need a few good recommendations for books with lesbian leads? Then check out this After Ellen roundup!