Support These LGBTQ-Owned Indie Bookstores With Pride All Year Long

By Chris Olsen

These independent bookstores are crucial in providing access to LGBTQ+ literature, creating safe spaces, and supporting the community through various events and resources. Join Publish Her in supporting these bookstores with pride all year long:


ANTIGONE BOOKS: An LGBTQ-owned bookstore and feminist landmark in Tuscan, Arizona for more than 50 years; owned by Morgan Miller, Melissa Negelspach and Kate Stern.


AMATORIA FINE ART BOOKS: An LGBTQ-owned brick and mortar shop in the heart of Sacramento, California’s Midtown; owned by Miranda Culp and Laurelin Gilmore.

DOG EARED BOOKS: An LGBTQ-owned San Francisco, California-based bookshop featuring new and used books and more; owned by Kate Razo.

OMNIVORE BOOKS: An LGBTQ-owned culinary bookstore in California’s Bay Area featuring new and vintage titles; founded and owned by Celia Sack.

REPARATIONS CLUB: A Black and LGBTQ-owned Los Angeles, California-based concept shop featuring books and home goods; owned by Jazzi McGilbert.

THE RIPPED BODICE: An LGBTQ and woman-owned romance-only bookstore located in Culver City, California; founded by sisters Leah Koch and Bea Hodges-Koch.

THE SALT EATERS: A Black and LGBTQ-owned bookstore in Inglewood, California, prioritizing Black women, girls, femmes and gender expansive individuals; founded by Asha Grant.


READER’S BLOCK: A Black and LGBTQ-owned indie bookshop providing an inclusive and welcoming environment in the Stratford community of Connecticut; founded Tondrea Mabins.

District of Columbia

LOYALTY BOOKSTORES: A Black and queer bookseller in Washington, DC and Silver Springs, Maryland, working to diversify the book industry and promote anti-racist reading; founded by Hannah Oliver Depp.


HELLO AGAIN BOOKS: An LGBTQ-owned bookstore located in Cocoa, Florida, prioritizing titles with female and non-white protagonists; owned by MerryBeth Burgess and Amy Elkavich.

SPIRAL CIRCLE: An LGBTQ-owned metaphysical bookstore, lifestyle shop and spiritual center in Orlando, Florida; owned by Summer Rodman and Julie Wilder.

TOMBOLO BOOKS: An LGBTQ-owned independent bookstore located in St. Petersburg, Florida; owned by Candice Anderson and Alsace Walentine.


YES, PLEASE BOOKS: A Black and queer-owned book house and care space in Scottsdale, Georgia honoring Black women and gender expansive writers and readers; founded by Lauren M. Jones.


KONA BAY BOOKS: This LGBTQ-owned booklover’s paradise is the largest of its kind in Kailua-Kona on the Big Island of Hawaii; owned by Sarah Gibbon.

KONA STORIES BOOKSTORE: An LGBTQ-owned bookstore located in Kailua-Kona on the Big Island of Hawaii, specializing in Hawaiiana and more; founded by Brenda McConnell and Joy Vogelgesang.


LIT. ON FIRE BOOKS: An LGBTQ-owned bookstore serving the West Main District of Peoria, Illinois with its thoughtfully curated selection of books and inclusive community events; founded by Jessica Stephenson.

WOMEN AND CHILDREN FIRST: A Chicago, Illinois-based LGBTQ-owned bookstore celebrating and amplifying underrepresented voices since 1979; owned by Sarah Hollenbeck and Lynn Mooney.


DREAMERS AND MAKE-BELIEVERS BOOKS: An LGBTQ-owned comic shop and bookstore in Southeast Baltimore, Maryland, focusing on BIPOC, women and the LGBTQ+ community; founded by Miranda Nordell.

LOYALTY BOOKSTORES: A Black and queer bookseller in Washington, DC and Silver Springs, Maryland, working to diversify the book industry and promote anti-racist reading; founded by Hannah Oliver Depp.


ALL SHE WROTE BOOKS: An intersectional feminist and queer indie bookstore in Somerville, Massachusetts supporting, celebrating and amplifying underrepresented voices; founded and owned by Christina Pascucci Ciampa.

WOMENCRAFTS: One of the oldest shops in Provincetown, Massachusetts, this LGBTQ-owned feminist bookshop is dedicated to promoting the work of female artisans, authors and musicians; owned by Michelle Axelson.


BLACK GARNET BOOKS: A St. Paul, Minnesota-based Black and queer woman-owned bookstore specializing in Adult and YA contemporary literature by Black and racially diverse authors; founded by Dionne Sims.

THE IRREVERENT BOOKWORM: A LGBTQ-owned new and used bookshop in Minneapolis, Minnesota providing a diverse selection of books in an inclusive environment; owned by Meg Nielsen.


BETTIE’S PAGES: The coolest, queerest and best little bookstore in Lowell, Michigan featuring a selection of books, stickers and odds and ends; owned by Meg Nielsen.

BOOKS AND MORTAR BOOKSTORE: Grand Rapids, Michigan’s proudly progressive, consciously curated, and fiercely independent LGBTQ-owned bookstore; owned by Jenny Kinne.


VIOLET VALLEY BOOKSTORE: A queer feminist nonprofit bookstore in Water Valley, Mississippi; founded by Dr. Jaime Harker.


MONTANA BOOK CO.: An LGBTQ- and veteran-owned independent bookstore located on historic Last Chance Gulch in downtown Helena, Montana; founded by Chelsia A. Rice.

New Jersey

HOWLING BASSET BOOKS: An LGBTQ-owned independent bookstore in downtown Oldwick, New Jersey, offering books and gifts; owned by Lisa Lynch and Zohar Kfir.

New York

ASTORIA BOOKSHOP: A queer-owned general interest bookstore in the heart of Western Queens, New York; owned by Lexi Beach.

MIL MUNDOS BOOKS: An LGBTQ-owned bilingual bookstore and community center in Bushwick, Brooklyn, New York, celebrating Black, Latinx and Indigenous heritage; founded by Maria Herron.

North Carolina

ROFHIWA BOOK CAFÉ: A Black LGBTQ-owned independent book and coffee shop located in East Durham, North Carolina; owned by Bev Tumi Makhubele and Naledi Yaziyo.


ELIZABETH’S BOOKSHOP AND WRITING CENTRE: A Black and LGBTQ-owned literacy center located in Akron, Ohio, designed to amplify and celebrate marginalized voices; founded by Rachel E. Cargle.

KICKS MIX BOOKSTORE: An LGBTQ-owned bookstore in Newark, Ohio, featuring new releases, secondhand bargains, author events and more; owned by Diana Spain.

SHELF LIFE BOOKSTORE: A Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio-based LGBTQ-owned thrift bookstore focused on childhood literacy and making reading accessible and affordable; owned by Danielle Sawat.


SPOKE AND WORD: A queer-owned independent bookstore in Portland, Oregon that exists to nurture and grow community through shared stories; owned by Cierra Cook.


BIG BLUE MARBLE BOOKSTORE: An LGBTQ-owned bookstore in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, specializing in diverse titles for a diverse community; founded by former high school English teacher Sheila Avelin.


THE BOOK BURROW: An LGBTQ-owned indie bookstore in Pflugerville, Texas, featuring new and pre-loved titles, silent book clubs and more; owned by Kelsey Black.

BOOKWOMAN: An Austin, Texas-based queer-owned feminist indie bookstore prioritizing books by and about women, plus merchandise and special events; owned by Susan Post.

REVERIE BOOKS: An Austin, Texas-based LGBTQ-owned new and used bookstore dedicated to uplifting marginalized voices and empowering youth; owned by Thais Perkins.


THE LEGENDARIUM: A queer-owned science fiction, fantasy and horror bookstore and role-playing game cafe in Salt Lake City, Utah; owned by self-proclaimed nerdy siblings Raelle and Steph Blatter.

UNDER THE UMBRELLA BOOKSTORE: A queer-owned Salt Lake City, Utah bookstore celebrating queer books and authors in a safe, sober and accessible space; founded by Kaitlin Mahoney.


ELEANOR’S NORFOLK: An LGBTQ-owned intersectional feminist bookstore and bottle shop in Norfolk, Virginia on a mission to spark change; owned by Erin Dougherty.


MAIN STREET BOOKS: An LGBTQ-owned shop featuring used books along with popular and recommended new books in Monroe, Snohomish County, Washington; owned by Emily Newman.

PARABLE: A LGBTQ+ and Black woman-owned bookstore and community space in the McKinley Hill area of Tacoma, Washington; owned by sisters and cousins Le’Ecia Farmer, LaKecia Farmer and Deatria Williams.


A ROOM OF ONE’S OWN: An LGBTQ-owned feminist bookstore in Madison, Wisconsin offering current and classic fiction, nonfiction, graphic novels, local interest titles, gifts and more; owned by Gretchen Treu.

RIVER DOG BOOK CO.: An Oconomowoc, Wisconsin-based queer-owned indie bookstore on a mission to create community and foster cross-cultural communication and understanding through literature and literacy-related events; founded by BrocheAroe Fabian.

Photo credit: Rachel Cargle

About the Author

Chris Olsen is a broadcast media veteran turned communications consultant, educator and the author of “Whyography: Building a Brand Fueled by Purpose.” The founder of Publish Her and Publish Her Story, Chris has helped thousands of women tell their stories and publish their books.

About Publish Her

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