Peter Dorey, who opened the United Kingdom’s first gay book store, Gay’s The Word, has died at 73, the bookstore announced on social media.
The BBC reports: “Peter Dorey, who was among a small group of gay activists, opened Gay’s The Word in Bloomsbury in central London in 1979. The shop acted as a ‘safe place’ for LGBTQ+ communities during a period of oppression and discrimination. Mr Dorey, who was raised in Harrow, passed away on Friday following years of poor health, his family confirmed.”
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