After Giovanni’s Room: What’s Next?

Another update on what is happening with Giovanni’s Room, the only remaining LGBT bookstore in the United States.

This is a transcription of an Email I received today, Tuesday, May 6, 2014, at approximately 9:17PM tonight:


Dear fellow lovers of Giovanni’s Room,

As many of you have already heard, Giovanni’s Room is set to go out of business later this month.  We join the Philadelphia queer community in mourning the loss of this truly invaluable resource.  For forty years Giovanni’s Room has been a fixture of Philadelphia’s Gayborhood, providing support, camaraderie, and education to LGBTQ-identified people and our allies.  Ed Hermance, the store’s owner for the past 37 years, has truly left our community a better place than it was when he found it, and for this we are forever indebted to him.

We are a team of volunteers, entrepreneurs, and former Giovanni’s Room staff, who are mobilizing to create a new, viable resource to fill the void.  For those of you in the Greater Philadelphia area, please join us for a community meeting tomorrow, May 7, at 7pm at the William Way Community Center (1315 Spruce Street) to talk about this loss and how we can move forward.  Metered parking is free in Center City on Wednesdays.  Please RSVP here

In the meantime, our team can be reached here at, and please like our Facebook page, Queer Books to keep updated on our plans and meetings.


The folks at Queer Books, LLC


Well, there you have it.  And before I close, I wish to acknowledge my newest blog follower, “GIFT FROM THE HEART Share and Care (who is also following “This Is Who I AM).”  May you receive great Insight, great Knowledge and great PRIDE from following “This Gay Man’s Life…”  And for those of you already following and reading this blog, thank you for honoring who you are and what you do.



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