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Gay's the Word, London

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Gay's the Word is an independent bookshop in central London, one of only two specifically lesbian and gay bookstores in the United Kingdom and the only one in England. Inspired by the emergence and growth of lesbian and gay bookstores in the States, a small group of people from Gay Icebreakers, a gay socialist group founded the store in 1979. Various locations were looked at, including Covent Garden, which was then being regenerated, before they decided to open the store in Marchmont Street in Bloomsbury, an area of the capital with rich academic and literary associations. Initial reluctance from Camden Council to grant a lease was overcome with help from Ken Livingstone, then a local councillor, later Mayor of London.
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  • Small enough that you can browse all the shelves in a visit without being overwhelmed, large enough that you'll always find something you didn't know you needed to read. The second-hand section is...  more »
  • Busy Sunday Opening. I live this book shop ever since I heard about it a couple of years ago. A bookshop that is home to LGBTQ+ books? I am there and settling in! The shop is accessible to get into.....  more »
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  • I made sure to visit this place while in London. It was such a cute book shop with tons of books to choose from. I enjoyed how they had so many books that included something for everyone in the LGBTQ community. I loved the pins for sale, too.
  • Fantastic little LGBT bookshop with very sweet and helpful staff, and a brilliant range of books. I could have easily spent the day in there. Ended up leaving with 5 books!

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