Gay's The Word bookshop is one of the final few remaining LGBT orientated book shops in the country. It is home to keeping the LGBT literary scene alive for everyone interested
It's set to star in a new film, Pride, that recounts the story of gay activism involvement in supporting the 1984 Miner's Strikes. This appearance marks the place of Gay's the Word as a significant part of LGBTQ history.
As we well know, independent print book retailers are a dying breed. With the advent of e-publishing and the diminishing of the high street and independent retailers following the economic downturn of 2008 onwards, specialist shops like this are at risk. They need loyal purchasing customers to survive. Although Gay's the Word is more than a book selling entity, it's a home for LGBT literature and its fans, a part of the community and a part of our history, it can't keep going without customers.
Established in 1979 and located in the historic Bloomsbury district of London, Gay's The Word happily stocks an enormous range of books; from the profound to the frivolous, from the liberating to the indulgent. Our fiction ranges from prize-winning literary works through to crime, romance and erotic fiction. They have books on gay subject-matter across all genres. Gay's the Word also hosts exciting book readings and signings of known and yet to be known LGBT authors, as well as a number of regular community events such as a weekly lesbian discussion group, a monthly trans book group and a monthly LGBT book group.