1. One thing that I loved about my girlfriend when we first met (and still love) is that while she was getting her Master's, she provided counseling for LGBT youth in our area (eastern TN). Many of these children grew up in very rural and religious communities, hearing that their very existence is a sin and they're an abomination in the eyes of God. In many cases, she was the first person they ever had who told them that they were fine just the way they were. And I love her so much for it.

  2. First person to tell me I wasn't sinning in the eyes of the lord was a priest in a confessional. after confirm the homosexual activity I was confessing to didn't involve force in any way he told me God is perfect and doesn't make mistakes and they he also gave us free will and so long as we work to live in love and compassion for each other the rest is the gift god gives us for making the world beautiful.

  3. What an amazing person she is. That must’ve been really difficult to take on a huge responsibility while completing her Masters.

  4. Please thank her for me and tell her that she’s my inspiration. Where I am, homosexuality is still punishable by law. I hope to be able to help spread awareness and understanding that it doesn’t have to be this way.

  5. So it was like that scene on airplane, but instead of everyone forming a line to slap the person, everyone took turns comforting them instead. How wholesome.

  6. It's like those parents who go to pride parades to provide parental hugs to LGBT individuals who were disowned by their own families.

  7. The ones that cater to specific communities and deal in used books are doing better than the big box ones. There's one I know of that specializes in romance novels, for example.

  8. I live in Maine and we have a bunch of bookstores? We have big commercial ones like Books-a-Million but we also have small family owned ones with cute nicknacks and expensive fancy candies. My sister works at a small bookstore and it's very nice for her anxiety. They get overstock comics sometimes that are sold cheaper and my sister always hides them for me so I can have first dibs. Between the docked price and my sister's employee discount, I always get my comics for like five dollars instead of eleven.

  9. Small bookstores got put out of business by Borders and Barnes & Noble and now Amazon is putting them out of business. I've heard small, specialized bookstores are making a bit of a comeback lately.

  10. they are, and I feel like this guy just wanted to tell that story any way he could, cause it's not really answering the question even.

  11. Lots are dying off. Can’t compete with amazon really. The ones that still are busy in the major city near me is this tiny local bookstore that sells new and used books and I think it’s because the owner is just so awesome that the community supports him.

  12. No they are a thing still. They might be less of a thing in rural areas but I live and work in a city and like as I type this I have like... three book stores like super close to me.

  13. There's some great used book stores scattered throughout, but the main brick and mortar book seller is Barnes and Noble. They're fine to browse at, but their books are overpriced compared to Amazon (upwards of 30%-50% more expensive depending on the book) and to my knowledge they dont price match.

  14. We still have Barnes & Noble and other types of bookstores, plus county libraries but of course, they aren't used as widely as they were years ago.

  15. I don't know about the guy in the story, but I was once in his situation. Back then, I didn't know what to do and had no one to listen to, so I went on Omegle looking for distraction, for someone to keep me from doing something that I'd later regret. A random guy I got connected to spent an hour talking to me until it no longer felt so unbearable.

  16. Yeah really. I'm sure eeeeeveryone in the book store formed a big line to talk to this random person on the phone lol

  17. I mean...who gives a shit if it happened or not? If you don't believe that it's real, just think of it as a modern day fable designed to teach a lesson in kindness.

  18. If you go into a mainstream bookstore, there will often only be a small handful of books that focus on LGBT issues or have a small handful of LGBT characters. LGBT bookstores specialize in content that is about LGBT people. I've been in one to buy a book for my good friend. They'll have a whole section on lesbian literature, for example. In a regular bookstore you'd be hard pressed to find a detective novel starting a lesbian. In an LGBT bookstore they'll have a whole shelf of options.

  19. It's like a Christian bookstore, or a comic bookstore, or...really any specific hobby store. You get a wider selection of something niche that you're interested in, and they end up serving as a gathering space for similar people.

  20. They carry books pertaining to LGBT issues and by LGBT writers. They’re also often gathering spaces for local members of the community and host gatherings and events. They’re really great places for members of the community to go to feel safe and accepted, as well as to educate themselves and others about the community and what goes on in it.

  21. Don't know about the second one but the first is, Lgbt=Lesbian Gay Bi Trans. And it's basically a bookstore that sells that kind of book and it can serve as a sort of safe haven for those that don't feel welcome elswhere

  22. Bookstores were shops that sold books back before Amazon and Kindle happened. Sort of like libraries but you had to pay for the books. You got to keep it forever though.

  23. A LGBT bookstores is a bookstore that caters to the LGBTQ community (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer). Often they provide books that focus on subjects that are relevant to their patrons. Sometimes in normal bookstores it might be hard to find a book that features characters who are in LGBTQ relationships or books that deal with issues effecting the community. So bookstores like this pop up to cater to them.

  24. I'm guessing it's a bookstore that specializes in LGBT books. I've never seen one but I imagine they sell other kinds of books too.

  25. WHAT THE ACTUAL FUCK. I’m sitting here on my break and wonder WHY am I getting goosebumps like crazy reading this. I look up from my phone and SAME LOVE is randomly playing on the speakers. I put it on before and had forgotten about it. Sick story op. Even crazier experience for me.

  26. There are LGBT bookstores? How are they different from standard bookstores (serious question - I've never seen/heard of something like that)?

  27. The carry books about LGBT issues and by members of the community. They often act as gathering spaces and safe places where people can meet and hang out without being afraid. They’re really wonderful, wholesome places to hang out. They also often host events and things like that for their communities.

  28. I mean same, but there has been a decent decline with the rise of Amazon and ebooks. Not quite on the same level as movie rental places when Netflix and Hulu became big, but a somewhat comparable example. Hopefully it doesn't end up following that path though.

  29. Read this as kinkiest thing a stranger has done to you. Expected a dark turn at end of story. Was much better really.

  30. There are so many good people on this planet who try to make it a friendlier place for those who feel that society has shut the door on them.

  31. The style of books they sell maybe. Also they can be used as a safe haven for people who maybe don't feel welcome elsewhere.

  32. Is anyone else wondering what in the world an LGBT bookstore is? Like, I get it, there’s books about LGBT topics, but are there really enough to dedicate a store to them?

  33. LGBT bookstores aim to educate and provide safe spaces for members of the community, while supporting LGBT writers and artists. They act as community spaces and hold events relating to the community. They’re actually a really important and interesting part of American queer history. Worth googling if you get a chance!

  34. An LGBT bookstore most likely specializes in literature aimed at LGBT persons (e.g. LGBT-themed literature, etc.), while regular bookstores are more general, i.e. don't specialize in any particular topic.

  35. After reading the question from the tweet, I immediately thought of the time when a guy from this patisserie gave me a couple of free macarons because I wasn’t able to make a choice between so many. But this bookstore story is next level!

  36. I am LGBTQ and am in training to become a therapist specializing in LGBT youth. If anyone needs to talk, I’m here. I’ve been in that place before. I have the scars to prove it. Please, talk to someone. If not me, a parent or therapist or someone who can help

  37. I agree with you, but though things are getting better it wasn’t always that way. And we don’t know exactly when this was since someone actually called on a phone it was probably a while ago.

  38. It's not LGBTQ only. Anyone can go in and shop. They just usually carry a larger section of books that are LGBT related and/or run by people who are LGBTQ.

  39. They generally have a larger selection of books that are LGBT related. They're also usually ran by people who are LGBT or outspoken allies.

  40. It is, but the books usually have LGBT characters, as in a lesbian main character. Its also usually a safe space where no one will bat an eye if you read a gay book.

  41. This reminds me of that story of 50+ (or something like that, I remember it being an absurd number) strangers lining up to take their turn giving CPR to somebody who had gone into cardiac arrest to ensure their heart keeps pumping until help arrives.

  42. It’s like the wholesome version of that scene from Airplane where everyone is trying to calm down that woman who was panicking.

  43. This was posted on 9gag and everybody was full of hate for the mere existence of an lgbt bookstore. What is wrong with people?

  44. This sounds really wholesome, but there’s no way it happened. Guy happens to get a bookstores number, calls about his suicide, and somehow the ENTIRE store knows what’s going on and they are all talking to him. This didn’t happen.

  45. Wait... There are bookstores SPECIFICALLY for the LGBT community? But why? Wouldn't that just be a regular bookstore with more books that include LGBT characters? Like a more inclusive bookstore? Or am I just over annualizing

  46. The bookstores have way, way more content for LGBT people than a regular bookstore would. They also often operate as community hubs for LGBT people who live in the city they're located.

  47. They also act as community spaces and the like. Also believe it or not, most bookstores only have a small lgbt section. Having an entire store dedicated to the history and stories of the community, as well as to supporting writers from the community, is super important for the members,

  48. The typo didn't help, but I think you're being downvoted because you sound a bit like an asshole. I get that tone is hard to convey over the internet, but the way you worded this can be easily interpreted as angry or outraged. I know you probably weren't trying to be offensive but I think there are more tactful ways of asking your question

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