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Our Colors

Gengoroh Tagame
$32.50
Hardcover

A mesmerizing coming-of-age and coming-out graphic novel by the genius writer-artist of the Eisner Award-winning breakout hit My Brother’s Husband

 

Set in contemporary suburban Japan, Our Colors is the story of Sora Itoda, a sixteen-year-old aspiring painter who experiences his world in synesthetic hues of blues and reds and is governed by the emotional turbulence of being a teenager. He wants to live honestly as a young gay man in high school, but that is still not acceptable in Japanese society. His best friend and childhood confidante is Nao, a young woman whom everyone thinks is (or should be) his girlfriend, and it would be the easiest thing to play along–she knows he’s gay but knows, too, how difficult it is to live one’s truth in his situation.

 

Sora’s world changes forever when he meets Mr. Amamiya, a middle-aged gentleman who is the owner and proprietor of a local coffee shop and is completely, unapologetically out as a gay man. A mentorship and platonic friendship ensues as Sora comes out to him and agrees to paint a mural in the shop, and Mr. Amamiya counsels Sora about how to deal with who he is. But it won’t be easy. Mr. Amamiya paid a high price for his freedom of identity, and when a figure from his past suddenly appears, the situation becomes a vivid example of just how complicated life can be.

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Pride Month Sale!

June 28, 2022

25%-off store-wide on Tuesday, June 28th! You wouldn’t be shocked to hear this is quite a big month for us over at PAT @ Giovanni’s Room. Close it out in style with 25%-off all the good stuff – books, clothes, Pride flags, Pride pins, Meg Potoma’s custom-made stickers, and so much more. Bring a friend!

Events

Jack Lowery with Kristen Martin

Saturday, July 9 - 6:00 PM
Saturday, July 9th at 6pm. 345 S. 12 St, Phila, PA Join us at PAT @ Giovanni's Room for a special event with Jack Lowery and Kristen Martin celebrating the book IT WAS VULGAR AND IT WAS BEAUTIFUL. Lowery will talk about his new book which tells the powerful story of art Gran Fury -- who fought back during the AIDS crisis through organizing, direct action, and community-made propaganda -- and offers lessons in love and grief to today's marginalized communities.   About the author: Jack Lowery is the author of It Was Vulgar and It Was Beautiful: How AIDS Activists Used Art to Fight a Pandemic (Bold Type Books), which tells the story of Gran Fury—the collective of artists and activists associated with ACT UP. His writing has appeared in publications such as The Atlantic, The Times Literary Supplement and The Awl. He has taught in the Undergraduate Writing Program at Columbia University, where he also received his MFA in Nonfiction Writing. As an editor, he has published the poetry of David Wojnarowicz. He lives in Brooklyn.  

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Cuíer

Caio Fernando Abreu, Angélica Freitas, Carol Bensimon, João Gilberto Noll, Wilson Bueno, Ana Cristina Cesar, Cidinha Da Silva, Carla Diacov, Ricardo Domeneck, Cristina Judar, Raimundo Neto, Tatiana Nascimento, Marcio Junqueira
$16.95
Paperback

This far-reaching, bilingual assortment of fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and photography–erotic and personal, revolutionary, hopeful, joyous, and bitter–continues the legacy of defiant queer expression in Brazil and demands its prolific, unapologetic future.

Book of the Week

Bad Gays: A Homosexual History

Huw Lemmey, Ben Miller
$29.95
Hardcover

An unconventional history of homosexuality for readers of The Deviant’s War by Eric Cervini

 

We all remember Oscar Wilde, but who speaks for Bosie? What about those ‘bad gays’ whose un-exemplary lives reveal more than we might expect? Too many popular histories seek to establish heroes, pioneers and martyrs but, as Huw Lemmey and Ben Miller argue, the past is filled with queer people whose sexualities and dastardly deeds have been overlooked.

 

Based on the hugely popular podcast series, Bad Gays subverts the notion of gay icons and queer heroes and asks what we can learn about LGBTQ+ history, sexuality and identity through its villains and baddies. From the Emperor Hadrian to anthropologist Margaret Mead and notorious gangster Ronnie Kray, the authors excavate the buried history of queer lives. This includes kings, fascist thugs such as Nazi founder Ernst Rohm, artists, and debauched bon viveurs.

 

 

Hadrian
Aretino
James I and VI
Frederick the Great
Jack Saul
Roger Casement
Lawrence of Arabia
The Bad Gays of Weimar
Margaret Mead
J. Edgar Hoover and Roy Cohn
Yukio Mishima
Philip Johnson
Ronnie Kray
Pim Fortuyn

 

Together these amazing life stories expand and challenge the mainstream assumptions of sexual identity. They show that homosexuality itself was an idea that emerged in the nineteenth century and that its interpretation has been central to major historical moments of conflict from the ruptures of Weimar Republic to red-baiting in Cold War America.

 

Bad Gays is a passionate argument for rethinking gay politics beyond questions of identity and the search for solidarity across boundaries.

New Local Releases

How You Get Famous: Ten Years of Drag Madness in Brooklyn

Nicole Pasulka
$27.99
Hardcover

A madcap adventure through a tight-knit world of drag performers making art and mayhem in the greatest city on earth.

 

Ten years ago, an aimless coat check girl better known today as Merrie Cherry sweet-talked her boss into giving her $100 to host a drag show at a Brooklyn dive bar. Soon, kids like Aja were kicking their way into the scene, sneaking into clubs, pocketing their tips to help mom pay the mortgage, and sharing the stage with electric performers like Thorgy Thor and Sasha Velour. Because suddenly, in the biggest, brightest city in America, drag was offering young, broke, creative queer people a chance at real money–and for thousands or even millions of people to learn their names.

 

In How You Get Famous, journalist Nicole Pasulka joyfully documents the rebirth of the New York drag scene, following a group of iconoclastic performers with undeniable charisma, talent, and a hell of a lot to prove. The result is a sweeping portrait of the 21st-century search for celebrity and community, as well as a chronicle of all the struggles, fights, and disappointments along the way. A rollicking account of the quest to make a living through an art form on the cusp of becoming a cultural phenomenon, How You Get Famous offers an unmissable romp through the gritty and glamorous world of Brooklyn drag.

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 Fourth Episode