Now Lambda is closing the original store in DC. Farewell, old friend!
By: KYTJA WEIR
Examiner Staff Writer
December 31, 2009
Lambda Rising, among the first bookstores nationwide to sell gay and lesbian literature, has been a Dupont Circle institution for 35 years. (Deacon) Maccubbin, the store's founder, explains why he's closing its doors on Thursday.
Why did you open it?
I opened it originally because you could not find gay and lesbian books in bookstores or even in the library. It was very difficult to do so even in the '70s.
Why are you closing it now?
When we opened the store, it had a very clear mission. ... The first was that we wanted to convince authors and publishers and other bookstores that there was a market for gay and lesbian literature so they would write the books, publish the books and, most importantly, put the books on the shelves all around the country. We have done that. ... The second mission was we wanted to make good gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender literature available to anybody who wanted it or needed it. ... But these days that information and literature is available all over the country just by going online.....ORIGINAL ARTICLE