Is Giovanni's Room a Historic Site?

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Philadelphia Gay News reports that the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission is considering an appliation for a historical marker outside Giovanni's Room, the legendary LGBT bookstore. "The wording for the marker proposed in the application, which may be edited by the panel, reads: “Giovanni’s Room, founded in 1973, served as a bookstore, clearinghouse and meeting place at the onset of the lesbian and gay civil-rights movement, a time when one could be ostracized, arrested, or fired for loving someone of the same gender.” A narrative included in the application cites the store’s many accomplishments — such as its growth from just under 100 titles in 1973, which accounted for every LGBT book published at the time, to the thousands it offers now — and also references prominent former staffers like the late famed author Joseph Beam and publishing giant James Baker."

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