Located in the heart of Philadelphia, Giovanni’s Room is the longest-running LGBTQ+ bookstore in the United States, and has been a cornerstone of the community for over 50 years. It provides a safe and welcoming space for members of the LGBTQ+ community to connect with literature that speaks to their experiences. The store has played a vital role in promoting diverse voices and helping LGBTQ+ readers of all ages find the perfect book. It has also been a pillar in the world of LGBTQ+ literature, hosting popular events such as the Queer Book Club, readings, and gallery installations for local artists, poets, and writers.

Giovanni’s Room has always provided a safe haven for those who may not be able to live openly in other areas of their lives, and it has made a special effort to welcome trans youth, who have been a prime target of anti-LGBTQ+ legislation recently. The store’s historical significance lies in its role as a trailblazer for LGBTQ+ representation and community-building, paving the way for other LGBTQ+-owned businesses and fostering a sense of belonging for generations of LGBTQ+ people.

To mark this significant milestone, Giovanni’s Room will host QUEERAPALOOZA, a new music festival, and celebration, on June 10, 2023. The event will feature local queer bands, musicians, DJs, drag performers, vendors, and of course, books and other merchandise from Giovanni’s Room. It’s an opportunity for the community to come together and celebrate diverse voices and experiences.


About the Author

Bryen Dunn is a freelance journalist based in Toronto with a focus on tourism, lifestyle, entertainment and community issues. He has written several travel articles and has an extensive portfolio of celebrity interviews with musicians, actors and other public personalities. He’s willing to take on any assignments of interest, attend parties with free booze, listen to rants, and travel the world in search of the great unknown. He’s eager to discover the new, remember the past, and look into the future.