Oscar Wilde Bookshop, America’s first gay bookstore, to close
February 4, 2009
WHAT A PITY: America's first gay bookstore, the Oscar Wilde Bookshop in New York's Greenwich Village, is closing its doors after more than 40 years in operation and five different owners:
Only a few doors down from the Stonewall Inn on Christopher Street in New York City’s Greenwich Village, the bookstore became popular after the Stonewall Riots, which signaled the beginning of the modern gay rights movement in June 1969. In the 1970s, it became a beacon of the new activism as well as a meeting place and a template for other, similar bookstores around the country.
Boston's EDGE newspaper has the story.