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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