Gay's The Word, which has been selling books in Bloomsbury, central London, since 1979, is hoping to secure its future by raising £20,000 to pay the rent, building a strong internet presence and beefing up community activities.
American novelist Edmund White, author of A Boy's Own Story, said: "It's a shop that keeps gay titles on the shelves for years in a way no regular bookshop, even one with a gay section, would ever do. The staff know the books and can give advice. It would be very sad to see it go."
Tusked away in a quiet corner fo Bloomsbury, it's easy to forget that it was once an essential location for the gay men and women of London. It would be a terrible shame for it to go out of business, though if noone uses it then what is the point of it?
If everyone went to the shop and bought a book, they'd surely be able to continue in business, so that's what I'm going to do - visit the shop and buy a book