Editor’s note: BGSQD, the pop-up queer bookstore on Orchard Street, announced yesterday that it’s extending its stay at the Strange Loop Gallery until the end of March. Recently, we stopped by the space to have a talk with the co-owners, who are trying to establish a permanent location on the Lower East Side. This story originally appeared in the February issue of The Lo-Down’s print magazine.
In today’s world of vanishing brick-and-mortar bookstores, it’s a pleasant surprise to see a new one open in the neighborhood, even if it’s only in a pop-up space for the moment. The Bureau of General Services-Queer Division (BGSQD) is a new bookstore, gallery and event space founded by partners Greg Newton and Donnie Jochum. The bookstore is unique by default — there actually aren’t any “gay bookstores” devoted solely to the LGBT community left in Manhattan — but it also has the feel of a special, forward-thinking space.