GLAD DAY, THE WORLD’S OLDEST LGBTQ BOOKSHOP, WAS NAMED AFTER A WILLIAM BLAKE PAINTING

<‘Glad Day’ or ‘The Dance of Albion’, WILLIAM BLAKE, ca1794, British Museum. Albion was a son of Poseidon, the Greek god of the sea.>

TORONTO’s Glad Day Bookshop at 499 Church Street was founded in the 1970’s, making it the oldest LGBTQ book store in the world. Named after a painting by William Blake, the business began in Jearld Moldenhauer’s apartment and then moved on to a shed in Kensington Market. From there, it positioned itself on Yonge Street in 1981, and now has enough room for books, a bar and event space in the heart of the Village.

Like the man in Blake’s painting, who basks in an ethereal and possibly angelic light, the LGBTQ community is always in search of its glad day. – Canadian Lesbian & Gay Archives, TORONTO

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THE WORLD’S OLDEST LGBTQ BOOKSHOP MOVES INTO FAB NEW PREMISES & YES, THERE IS A BAR

gladday3The world’s oldest LGBTQ bookshop – GLAD DAY – has settled in to 2,000 square feet of prime floor space at 499 Church Street. There’s plenty of room here for readings, performances, a cafe, bar and an outdoor patio – all at street level.

gladday6Founded in 1970, GLAD DAY has continuously fought against censorship of gay and lesbian books, magazines and videos. It almost went under at least once before, but now has a bright, new future in the heart of TORONTO’s Church/Wellesley Village.

gladday5gladday4WEBSITE – http://www.gladdaybookshop.com

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