Longtime Washington, DC resident Deacon Maccubbin is shutting down his iconic gay bookstore just as gay marriage is almost certain to become law in the US capital, despite the protests of religious groups.
Washington, D.C. has many recognizable buildings and monuments, but within the US capital, the neighborhood of Dupont Circle has become monumental in itself. It’s where the local Gay Rights Movement began, and is also home to one of the country’s first gay bookstores, Lambda Rising. The store opened in 1974, after a Washington, D.C. resident named Deacon Maccubbin realized there was no place to buy books and magazines aimed at gay men and women. Maccubbin took it upon himself to fill the void.