Author: Alison Cooper

queerbook is out now!

We are so excited to announce our debut anthology! queerbook is the culmination of Philly AIDS Thrift @ Giovanni’s Room’s first-ever writing contest. We are proud to present queerbook as a collection of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry from members of our store’s community from all over the world.

Featuring over 30 writers, as well as an introduction from one of the founders of Giovanni’s Room, this book reflects our pasts, presents, and futures. It is a snapshot of our current moment — our hopes, dreams and fears in a quickly changing world. Copies are available in store and online at $14.99 + tax

Black Lives Matter – 40 Must Read Books

And we’re BACK!

THIS FRIDAY, JUNE 19th, we will be reopening to the public. We have spent a week cleaning, re-organizing and re-stocking so we can open FRESH and FULL. We want to keep our community as safe a possible and that is why customers must be wearing a mask to enter the store. If you don’t have one, we can give you one. Also, THANK YOU for maintaining that good ol’ social distance, especially since we are only letting 10 people in at a time.

For the time being our store hours will be a little different. Monday through Saturday we will be open from 11am until 6pm, and on Sundays we will be closing at 5pm. At this time we are unable to accept donations, so please keep an eye on our sister store (Philly AIDS Thrift) for when they are accepting donations.

We are still shipping books directly to customers if you place an order via — also feel free to place curbside pick up orders through the website if you’d like. Every bit of support helps, especially right now.

We miss and love you, can’t wait to see you soon!



New Arrivals for You to Check Out

Best Children’s Books from 2019

We’ve selected our favorite children’s books from 2019. Check out these books that cover a wide variety of LGBTQ+ and feminist topics perfectly suited for young readers. Whether you are raising feminist children or want your little ones to see your family reflected in their books, we have something in store for you!

When Aidan Became a Brother – Lukoff, Kyle

Actual Family

Except When They Don’t – Gehl, Laura

Jacob’s Room to Choose


Feminist Baby! He’s a Feminist Too!

Nightlife of Jacuzzi Gaskett

Honey & Leon Take the High Road

5 Books to Read For Native American Heritage Month

Every November, we celebrate the rich culture of LGBTQ+ Indigenous people during Native American Heritage Month. We have an assortment of new titles and bestsellers from a diverse variety of Native American authors. Here’s what we’re reading this month!



Mamaskatch: A Cree Coming of Age

Cherokee Rose: A Novel of Gardens and Ghosts

Full-Metal Indigiqueer: The Pro(1,0)Zoa

Two-Spirit Journey: The Autobiography of a Lesbian Ojibwa-Cree Elder

7 LGBT Books for Back to School

Summer loving had me a blast… But it’s time to hit the books once again! Check out these 7 LGBT books that we’re reading for the back to school season. We have something for every student and educator. Whether you want to learn how to create safe spaces in the classroom or gain insight on how to teach LGBT history or if you want to be titillated by frat boys… we have you covered!


Trans* in College: Transgender Students’ Strategies for Navigating Campus Life and the Institutional Politics of Inclusion

School’s Out: Gay and Lesbian Teachers in the Classroom

Every Frat Boy Wants It

How to Transform Your School Into an Lgbt+ Friendly Place: A Practical Guide for Nursery, Primary and Secondary Teachers

People Like Us

Understanding and Teaching U.S. Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender History

Safe Spaces: Making Schools and Communities Welcoming to LGBT Youth

Sophie Lewis Reads from Full Surrogacy Now!

Did you miss Sophie Lewis reading from her latest book Full Surrogacy Now: Feminism Against Family last Friday? Never fear, because we got your back! We have the exclusive audio from the event. You can check out the link below and hear Sophie read from her provocative new book.

And remember to order your copy of Full Surrogacy Now: Feminism Against Family from for just $26.95 + tax!

Full Surrogacy Now: Feminism Against Family