"If you can't wrap your head around a bar or club as a sanctuary, you've probably never been afraid to hold someone's hand in public," wrote Jeramey Kraatz in one of the more astute of social media quotes that has swept the internet since the mass murder of 49 people at the gay nightclub Pulse in Orlando, Florida.
That first step inside a gay bar, that first kiss between
two girls, that first sighting of a trans or drag performer, are rites of
passage for most of us, whether magical or awkward. It's a part of coming out
and coming of age.
But for two men, one who shot 100 people, killing half of
them in Orlando, and another who was caught before bombing Los Angeles Pride,
their own internalized homophobia turned outward to violence.
What they may not have expected was the resultant outpouring
of compassion and anger from around the world.
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But while that store is closing because of the exorbitant renewed lease costs, Books Inc, itself is thriving, with several other branches throughout the Bay Area. It remains one of the most successful California independent bookstores.
The gay events and stock will move to the Books Inc, Opera Plaza on Van Ness Avenue. It's often the location for high profile celebrity signings. With its larger size, it can accommodate signings by the likes of Christopher Rice and other big publisher authors.