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New Releases

Pronoun Lowdown: Demystifying and Celebrating Gender Diversity

Nevo Zisin

Dismantle the messy myth of gender, with this a colorful, approachable, and irreverent-AF book.

We find ourselves at an exciting moment in history. For the first time, trans and gender diverse people are being seen and heard. Thanks to tireless activism, and an increased visibility worldwide, these lived experiences (the joyful, and the painful) are no longer able to be ignored. And so, The Pronoun Lowdown is here to demystify and celebrate trans and gender diverse excellence.


Writing Contest

Writing Contest 2021

Philly AIDS Thrift @ Giovanni’s Room is proud to announce our second annual writing and cover design contest. You know us as the oldest LGBTQ+ and feminist bookstore in the country, and now you can be part of our fabulous history! We are publishing an anthology of writing, bringing the community together in one book.


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Best Seller

Gay Bar: Why We Went Out

Jeremy Atherton Lin

An indispensable, intimate, and stylish celebration of the institution of the gay bar, from 1990s post-AIDS crisis to today’s fluid queer spaces

“I can’t remember the last time I’ve been so happily surprised and enchanted by a book. Gay Bar is an absolute tour de force.”
Maggie Nelson

Book of the Week

Detransition, Baby

Torrey Peters

“An unforgettable portrait of three women, trans and cis, who wrestle with questions of motherhood and family making.”–Andrea Lawlor, author of Paul Takes the Form of a Mortal Girl

“Emotionally generous, richly textured, and deeply intelligent.”–Claire Lombardo, New York Times bestselling author of The Most Fun We Ever Had

New Local Releases

Vermilion Pursuit: A Marco Fontana Mystery

Joseph R G DeMarco

When Luciano Sforza comes to town, Marco Fontana is thrilled to spend time with his seldom-seen uncle. Their reunion, however, turns deadly. Luciano is in a tough position as chair of a contentious committee which will decide the authenticity of a purported Botticelli. Battle lines are drawn and tempers flare. When one of Luciano’s assistants is the victim of a hit and run driver, Marco suspects it was no accident. A day later, Luciano is discovered standing over the body of Morgan Cooper, his old enemy and committee rival. The investigating detective believes Luciano is the killer and will do whatever it takes to arrest him. Marco must prove his uncle’s innocence but the answers elude him. The reasons for the murder are far more complex than Marco imagines…

Introducing Queer Atlas

Welcome to Queer Atlas, a podcast broadcasting out of Philly AIDS Thrift @ Giovanni’s Room. Queer Atlas has been created to highlight queer & trans art, activism, and spaces here in the city of Philadelphia. Each episode features an interview from a special guest, conversations about new and old LGBTQ media we are enjoying, as well as a peek at life in our store.

Listen To The First Episode