Located in the basement of the building on the southwest corner of 2nd Avenue and E. Descending a flight of stairs down to the cinema, there are movie posters in frames although these are not usually the movie being screened inside! Originally named Rainbow Inn. The drag shows moved out and Club 82 became a rock music venue from
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Ten years after Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani declared war on Times Square's X-rated peep shows, strip joints and video stores, shops selling sexually explicit materials have slowly begun to creep back into the area, adroitly exploiting loopholes in the law -- and property-owners' demand for high-paying tenants -- to stage their comeback. Sex-related stores have been popping up again in other neighborhoods in the city, notably in Chelsea. But their reappearance on the side streets and avenues near Times Square is especially significant, given the large amount of time and money city officials have spent to reinvent the area as a family-friendly tourist destination.
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But with the temporary store set to shut down next month, its owners are hoping a fundraising campaign will give the bookstore the initial boost it needs to make the Lower East Side its longtime home. Newton, along with his partner in "business, life and love" Donnie Jochum, dreamed up the idea for the bookstore upon realizing 18 months ago that the borough's only shops serving the gay community had closed, including the Oscar Wilde Bookshop in and A Different Light in Bent Pages on Staten Island , which sells used and out-of-print gay literature, is the only other store in New York City, the owners noted.
Gay bookstores offered a space to meet other LGBT people besides the bars and were often the first stop for someone new to town. Remember, this is before the Internet. But several venerable repositories remain, treasure troves full of knowledge and wonder for queer people and allies. Below, we celebrate some of our favorite LGBT bookstores still in operation.