When Glad Day announced its financial hardships months ago, members of Ontario’s LGBT community were heartbroken at the thought of this landmark bookstore having to close its doors. But luckily, community members banded together to purchase the store and continue its legacy. John Scythes, the shop’s former owner, said:

“I really didn’t want to see Glad Day close its doors – it has been, and continues to be, so important to so many people. These new investors are full of energy and ideas, including ways to use new technologies. They know that I am only a phone call away if they ever need anything and I wish them all the best!”

The youngest investor is 23-year-old Spencer Charles Smith, who said he wanted “to give back to the queer community.”

Read the full statement on Glad Day’s Facebook page.

Romance Writers Ink’s ‘More than Magic’ Contest Refused LGBT Submissions: A writing competition in Oklahoma caused a furor in the LGBT community for banning entries revolving around same-sex couples. The “More than Magic” contest was set up to showcase assorted romance writing. Unfortunately, part of the guidelines stated that organizers would “no longer accept same-sex entries in any category.” Author Courtney Milan commented:

“Romance is a genre that is not only about love, but also one that explores people finding an identity and their place within the community. To bar same-sex romances from recognition implies that same-sex couples do not deserve to have the same exploration of identity and community belonging that heterosexual couples enjoy. That is a very dangerous and discriminatory message to send.”

The competition has since been cancelled. [Guardian]

“Is Gay Literature Over?” An Interview With Novelist Christopher Bram: Salon chatted with Christopher Bram about his new novel, Eminent Outlaws, the financial troubles of LGBT bookstores, and Gore Vidal. [Salon]

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3 Responses to “Community Members Unite to Save Glad Day, the World’s Oldest Surviving LGBTQ Bookstore”

  1. Tasha 14 February 2012 at 3:48 PM #

    Just FYI – the More Than Magic contest was not limited to paranormal romance. I’m not sure where that idea came from. The contest had 10 categories, one of which was paranormal.

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  3. Tasha 16 February 2012 at 7:11 PM #

    Seriously, guys, you’ve got a factual error in this story. Any chance you’re going to correct it?

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