Giovanni’s Room, now the oldest-operating LGBT bookstore in the country, fears for its future in Philadelphia after the recent closing of A Different Light in San Francisco. Many LGBT bookstores have shuttered in the past few years, including Oscar Wilde Books in New York and Lambda Rising in Washington D.C.

But for some, turning to the Internet to buy books will not be the same as heading out to an LGBT bookstore.

A physical store is also a community center,” said Giovanni’s Room owner Ed Hermance. “For many people, the LGBT bookstore was their original ‘safe space,’ a place in which one might begin to come out to oneself.


Free Spirit Donates Books to Homeless LGBT Kids: Free Spirit Publishing has created the second edition of GLBTQ, Survival Guide for LGBT Youth, a handbook centered on informing adults and children about the issues and problems faced by the LGBT community. The updates in the second edition focus on efforts to promote safe schools, gay marriage, workplace equality, transgender rights, and the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.

Free Spirit has donated 200 copies of the guide to New Alternatives, a New York City-based organization that serves homeless LGBT youth. [OutinJersey]

India State Bans Book Hinting Gandhi Had Gay Lover: Great Soul: Mahatma Gandhi and His Struggle With India by Pulitzer-Prize winning author Joseph Lelyveld has been banned by a state in western India after reviews in the United States and United Kingdom claimed the book hinted Gandhi had an affair with a German named Hermann Kallenbach.

Lelyveld responded to the claims by stating that his work has been misinterpreted. [Jamaica-Gleaner]

Censored Gay Sex in From Here to Eternity Restored for New Edition: When James Jones’s 1951 novel From Here to Eternity was first published, two gay sex scenes and a host of swear words were censored from the novel. Fearing a public scandal and greatly diminished chances of commercial success, Jones’ editor at Scribner cut the scenes, one in which a private confesses to performing oral sex on a man for money and the other in which the military conducts an investigation into gay activity. The novel is now slated to appear with the formerly censored gay scenes included.

It’s an important historical correction, to allow James Jones his rightful place as one of the earliest mainstream US novelists to try to treat homosexuality sympathetically, without judging or pathologising it,” said Sarah Churchwell, senior lecturer in American literature and culture at the University of East Anglia. “People don’t think of Jones as an avant-garde writer, but in his way he was. We know about Hemingway and Allen Ginsberg, but we don’t put James Jones into that story and he deserves to be there.


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