Since the end of August the entire inventory has been discounted by 50%. Because of what it meant to the radical communities of Madison, and because the two of us were directly involved for a period, we offer some thoughts on the end of Rainbow.
For generations radical bookstores served a valuable purpose.
Examples include two laws passed in Arkansas and Indiana (followed by a fierce backlash) ahead of last year’s Supreme Court ruling and the one now advancing in Georgia.
Ross, who studied acting her whole life, is also one of the stars of the Emmy-nominated You Tube series I don't know that I had context for being trans until I moved to Rochester, New York, to pursue my dream of acting, and started going to drag shows.
Almost everyone interviewed about the topic was younger and lives in large metropolitan areas with significant queer communities (Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Chicago).
The reality of trying to date while transgender is far more difficult and complicated, however. The episode quotes a statistic that only 7% of marriages survive transition.
Today, anyone with access to the Internet can download the latest tracts instantaneously, very often for free, or pay for them to be shipped to one’s mailbox in a matter of days for a fraction of the shelf price.
Simply put, radical bookstores are no longer a necessary outlet for radical reading material.