Date: January 27, 2020
“Jonathan Cutbill, a founder of Gay’s The Word bookshop in London’s Bloomsbury, died last May aged 82.
His collection, which dates back to 1760, will be moved from his Shrewsbury home to the University of London.
“The idea was to stock the books that other people were not stocking, but also to become a bookshop with the knowledge of LGBTQ history and literature,” he said.
Mr Cutbill’s obituary in The Guardian, details how the Bloomsbury shop was raided by customs officers in 1984 and Mr Cutbill was among those accused of conspiracy to import obscene material.
Mr Hardy said the raid, in which some books were confiscated, sparked a campaign by publishers and booksellers, who raised money to defend the charges.
They were eventually dropped.
Mr Cutbill had faced prejudice as a gay man and was “most proud” of setting up the shop and how it had changed lives and supported people, Mr Hardy said.
“He was passionate about justice,” he added.
“And not just LGBTQ justice. Justice.”
Some things absolutely never change…
…like the drive of paranoid fanatics, to demonize and eradicate what they don’t understand.