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Nation's oldest gay bookstore will close in Philadelphia

Written by The Associated Press | May 4, 2014 6:55 AM
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(Philadelphia) -- The nation's oldest gay bookstore is writing its final chapter.

The owner of Giovanni's Room in Philadelphia says he will close the doors to the 41-year-old store by the end of next month.

Ed Hermance says he's been losing money for a long time, in part due to online discount booksellers like Amazon.

He says he's been looking for a buyer since August, but has not been able to seal a deal for the business or the small brick building it occupies.

Supporters say Giovanni's Room served as a resource, safe haven and gathering place for the city's gay community.

It's named for the 1956 James Baldwin novel about a young man in postwar Paris struggling with his sexual identity.

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