It’s not news that gay bookstores are swiftly going the way of the dodo, but residents were surprised to see the original Silver Lake location of A Different Light, the queer bookshop George Leigh and Norman Laurila opened on Santa Monica Boulevard on 1979, turned to rubble over the weekend. The shop had closed in 1992, but work was underway by the Silver Lake Neighborhood Council’s Urban Design & Preservation Committee to get the building, which also once housed a Red Car trolly terminal. declared a historic cultural monument.
On the Eastsider LA blog, responses to the demolition varied:
A Different Light’s locations in West Hollywood and San Francisco have both closed, leaving California without a gay-specific bookstore (to our knowledge). Think about that when you’re ordering Tales of the City on Amazon.