Yesterday, Outwrite Bookstore and Coffeehouse announced that they were closing their doors finally and that all offers of relocating had fallen through. Outwrite was the heartbeat of the LGBT community in Atlanta for 18 years. Many supporters tell stories of coming out at Outwrite. Many can’t imagine the corner of Piedmont and 10th without it.
My one hope amidst this sad news is that Atlanta is not losing its one and only LGBT safe place; rather, that because of Outwrite’s trail-blazing leadership, the city has become more open and accepting, and that the community now has countless safe places.
Still, it’s a sad day any day a bookstore closes.
I wrote a story about Outwrite a couple months ago, if you’d like to see.
(Photo of owner Phillip Rafshoon by Dustin Chambers from Creative Loafing)