What you need to know about gay and lesbian bookstores
What you really need to understand about the gay bookstores you’ll find in Australia:The Australian bookshop scene is a vibrant one, but it’s also a place where gay and trans people can still feel unwelcome.
Here’s a look at some of the places you should consider if you’re planning on spending a night at one.
Australian Gay Bookshop DirectoryFor anyone who is not yet comfortable with coming out, the first step in the process of transitioning is to find an Australian book shop.
You can do this by contacting an online bookshop or by calling the LGBT-friendly National Gay & Lesbian Centre on 1300 854 997.
The national organisation for LGBTIQ people also provides guidance on getting the right support, and offers workshops and trainings for people transitioning from their traditional identities to their gay/lesbian identities.
The National Gay& Lesbian Centre’s bookshop directory has been updated since November 2019.2.
Gay and Lesbian Bookstore Directory Australia’s first gay and bi-cultural bookstore was opened in Sydney in 1973 by a gay man named Peter Lister.
Its owner, the late Paul Lister, has been described as a “great man”.
Its mission is to “provide safe, supportive, supportive spaces for all our diverse community” to “encourage discussion of and understanding of our sexuality”.3.
The Queer & Lesbian Bookshop The Queers & Lles is Australia’s oldest gay and bisexual bookshop.
The first floor of the shop is a room dedicated to the queer and lesbian community, which is also where you can find a bookshop map.
It’s run by the Gay & Llambours Society of Australia (GLSA) and was established in 1978.4.
Gay & Les Bookshop A former gay bar in Sydney, the Gay&Les Bookshop was one of the first gay bars in the city to open in 1979.
It is now a landmark for gay bookselling in Australia, with over 200 books and a collection of over 30,000 books.5.
Gay Books & Comics Books by artists such as Joe Abercrombie, Michael Chabon and Mark Waid are on display in the Gay Books&Comics gallery.
The gallery features books by gay artists, including David Foster Wallace, Joanna Russ, John Gardner and Stephen Baxter.
It was established to celebrate the works of these great artists.6.
Gay Art & Art There are several galleries dedicated to queer and queer-themed art, which are held at the Gay Art Gallery.
Here are some of our favourites:The Gay Art Collection at the Sydney Museum of Art is an amazing collection of queer and trans art.
You may be surprised to know it is only one of Australia’s museums dedicated to LGBTQ history and culture.7.
Books by Gay & Latina Authors The Gay & LATINAN Bookshop has a collection featuring the work of more than 100 lesbian, gay, bi and trans writers.
This includes such writers as Gail Sheehy, Elizabeth Gilbert, Elizabeth Mitchell, Marjorie Johnson, and other luminaries.8.
Gay Lesbian Bookshelf The Gay Lesbian & LGB Booksheld is a small gallery dedicated to lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer literature.
This bookshop is located in Melbourne’s CBD, which has a strong lesbian, trans and queer community.9.
Gay Bookstore The Gay Book Store in Melbourne is a bookseller which has been open for over 20 years.
It features over 100 books and is one of Melbourne’s largest bookshops.10.
Bookshops and Bookstores Australia’s second largest gay bookshop, the Books and Books Bookstore in Sydney is located just steps from the intersection of Swanston Street and Glebe Street.
It has a long list of titles from local authors, including James Brown, John Updike, and David Mitchell.11.
Bookstore MapBookstore map showing bookstores in Sydney and Melbourne (Source: ABC News)This map will help you find the best bookstores for you and your queer and transgender friends in Australia.
It lists locations of bookshows, bookstores, booksellers and other businesses, and includes a map of the entire state of Victoria.