1. says

    donated 😀

    you know what’s funny? the folks who need to read gay and queer literature the most are always the ones who make a fuss about refusing to read it.

    E. Lynn Harris. Audre Lorde. Ethan Mordden. Armistead Maupin. Holleran. Edmund White.

    reading their works was the most galvanizing and empowering thing ever.

  2. Sandra says

    “we wanted it to be a queer bookstore, not a gay bookstore.”

    Absolutely sickening. Screw them and their vile retrograde view of gay people. They see gay people as inherently and permanently marginalized, forever in conflict with their communities and families. That is what they mean when they use the term queer, even if they intend it to be something positive.

    This conception of gay people as marginal players in civic and social life is what is killing gay kids. These selfish morons care more about playing at being “rebels” than they do about how their actions hurt gay youth and gays in vulnerable populations. They are part of the problem. Hope their bookstore fails.

  3. says

    Sandra, you’re an idiot. And here’s why: you have an instinctively emotional, yet intellectually indefensible, negative response to the word Queer.

    I self-identify as Queer. And Gay. But they’re not the same thing.

    What is Queer? From a different point of view. Not the norm. Unique. A deviation from the expected.

    Not all queer-identifying people are gay, and not all gay people are queer-identifying.

    This is a bookstore for more than just GAY – it’s for LGBT, or even the heterosexuals whose lives and outlook exist outside of the expected societal norm.

    I’m openly and proudly Queer and in no conflict whatsoever with family or the communities i’m a part of.

    You anti-Queer folks could learn a thing or twenty from the queer-identifying people you choose to take such issue with; namely, learn to stop living in perpetual cowardly fear of what Others Are Thinking About You.

    with love, and openly gay openly and proudly Queer dude.

  4. DW says

    I don’t use “queer” that much, but it doesn’t bother me — it’s less of a mouthful than LGBTwhatever. Any term for a disadvantaged minority group will inevitably be seen as derogatory by someone (e.g. Negro, colored, Afro-American, black, African-American…) Anyway, what’s in a name?

    I’ve donated to the project, however pie-in-the-sky it might be. The existence of gay and lesbian bookstores (as they were known then) was very important to my coming-out process in the ’90s. Granted, there was no Internet then, but a place other than a bar to be around thoughtful, intelligent, flesh-and-blood gay people was a balm to the soul.

  5. says

    i do understand that some people had “queer” thrown at them as a negative epithet.

    but you know what? When i was growing up the word used “against me” as an epithet was…GAY

    yeah. GAY. doesn’t mean that all these years later i’m freaking out like a ninny saying “don’t say gay! that word was used as an insult against me!”

    i was even once, not too long ago, called a c*cksucker by some idiot. i replied “I am one, on a good night. Are you offering?”

    those of use who choose to be empowered and self-identify as Queer should not be censored by the lingering insecurities of others.

    and believe it or not, some of us have zero aspirations to blending into some perceived Norm.

  6. Mintylaramie says

    While we’re at it, let’s open a store selling CD’s and renting DVD’s.

    The road to heck is paved with good intentions. Let’s keep up with the times people.

  7. Kyle says

    Back in the day, “queer” meant something else–so did “married gay man”.

    Today, “queer” means approximately “non-heteronormative”. It’s inherently broader than “LGBT”, being applicable to many straight cis people; and it’s not as prone to the same clumsiness that “LGBT” often is. For example, it doesn’t evoke lesbianism or gender identity when used in the context of a specifically gay men’s issue. (A gay trans man’s gender identity is not always relevant, just like his sexuality isn’t always relevant.)

    They emphasized that their bookstore would be queerer than gay. Are there any exclusively gay bookstores in NYC?

  8. Bill says

    I don’t get it. Are they looking for people to lend them money that they promise to pay back if the business is profitable? Are they selling stock in the business? Or are they just looking for people to give them money with which to start a business? And, if the latter, do they intend to run it as a not-for-profit, never drawing a salary for themselves?

  9. Sandra says


    You might want to think about the sexist implications of dismissing a woman’s opinion because she is too “emotional.” But I have read a number of your comments and sexism seems to be a major theme.

  10. Bill says

    As a commenter noted above, this seems like a scam. You give them money. They take it. They use it to build a commercial, for-profit business. If it fails, you lose all your money. If it succeeds, they pay you back (maybe) with no interest. And then they keep all future profits. It is like a no-interest loan to a business or an investment with a guaranteed return of 0%. If this were a non-profit org it would be one thing, but it is pretty outrageous for these clowns to ask people to fund their commercial venture for nothing.

  11. says

    Nah. Just their quote alone about gays makes me feel alienated by them. I’m NOT queer. I’m gay. Clearly these men think they are superior to gays because they have a psuedo pretencious label ‘queer’… It all reads anti GAY to me, so why would I as a gay man support that? Go take your queer book store elsewhere.

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