Established in 1970, Glad Day Bookshop is the world's oldest LGBTQ bookstore. We are launching a new digital project, that will expand our ability to support, share and amplify lesbian, gay, bi, trans and queer voices around the world. Our goal is to be the virtual heart, hub and home of our stories.
You can find out more about it here: https://www.patreon.com/gladday
Why is something like this so important?
Most of the people with the power to print or circulate stories have one guiding principle: maximize profit. We have a different guiding principle: maximize possibility.
When profit is your goal, you don't take too many risks. Right now any group that is too different or seems too obscure is seen as a risk to publishers. That means that most writers who are too outside the mainstream aren't getting paid for their work. It's not that they aren't writing - it's that their work is often published on personal blogs or they are actually paying to print their own books.
The Glad Day Literary Nexus hopes to be a kind of bridge for writers. We hope we can pay writers a decent amount for their work, we hope to make it easy for their work to be available for sale on our website and we hope to create a global audience for global LGBTQ writing and story. We also hope to turn written works into audio works and create split-screen videos with ASL interpretation for spoken works, making our stories even more accessible.
By building a monthly fund, we hope to increase the number of LGBTQ voices, pieces, desires and dreams circulating around the Earth. As the fund grows, what becomes possible also grows.
This fund will allow us to do a few key things:
1) Find, support and pay diverse, emerging and inspiring LGBTQ writers and storytellers.
2) Make writing and storytelling more accessible by turning writing into audio works and by providing ASL for audio creations.
3) Create a digital infrastructure on our website to provide new, lost and classic LGBTQ content.
Here's is how your funds will be used:
40% - Author and Artist Incubator Fund
25% - Staffing Costs
15% - Marketing & Promotion
13% - Audio Projects & ASL Projects
7% - Processing Fees (Patreon & credit card fees)
Check out our Glad Day Literary Nexus project here: