UPDATE: Amazon.com Follows B&N, Pulls “I’m Not Gay Just A Sissy” Calendar From It’s Website – BOOYAH!

Will Kohler

Will Kohler is a noted LGBT historian, writer, blogger and owner of Back2Stonewall.com. A longtime gay activist, Will fought on the front lines of the AIDS epidemic with ACT-UP and continues fighting today for LGBT acceptance and full equality. Will’s work has been referenced in notable media venues as MSNBC and BBC News, The Washington Post, The Advocate, The Daily Beast, Hollywood Reporter, Raw Story, and The Huffington Post

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  1. Rational says:

    Here is the reply I got from Barnes & Noble…it certainly does not sound like they pulled the publication…if anything they attempted to make my complaint email sound…well…irrational.

    Dear Customer,

    Thank you for your e-mail.

    As booksellers, we carry thousands of items whose subject matter some may find offensive. Over the years, we have received countless requests and demands to stop selling everything from The Merchant of Venice to The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich, even The Living Bible.

    At Barnes & Noble, we take our mission very seriously – to be a valuable resource to our customers, bringing books and ideas to the public. We live in a diverse culture, and that diversity is reflected in the wide
    range of interests, philosophies, and lifestyles of our customers.

    The guiding principle we use is to offer every book in print and allow our customers to decide what to buy and read. After all, freedom of choice is at the very heart of our democratic society. It is understandable that some people may strongly oppose the content of a particular title and choose not to purchase it; we respect their opinions. In return, we ask that our customers respect our responsibility to offer a selection of reading materials as diverse as the society in which we live – the very society that grants the freedom for these materials to exist.

    We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.

    We look forward to your next visit.

    Sincerely,

    Aileen
    Customer Service Representative
    Barnes & Noble

  2. Chicago Bob says:

    Will, good work! I feel so empowered thanks to you. I would like to think my rant phone call to the PR office at Amazon might have made some small difference. The women I spoke to said she did not particularly understand my feelings (as a gay person) but could understand my POV nevertheless and promised to kick my complaint up to upper management. Your blog is such an important voice in the gay community and I tell people about it every chance I get. Again, THANKS!

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