On Tuesday, Outwrite celebrated its final event of author readings called "Last Tango." There, City Councilman Alex Wan honored Rafshoon for establishing "a city landmark and one of the most visible and gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender establishments in the nation.”
Rafshoon opened the original 1,000-square-foot Outwrite in 1993 in the Midtown Promenade shopping center that now houses Trader Joe's. At that time, it was Atlanta's only gay and lesbian bookstore (aside from the more feminist-focused Charis Books & More). As the store grew, Rafshoon expanded to the Piedmont Ave. location in May 1996 at the height of the Olympics boom. Outwrite cemented the Midtown corner as ground zero for gay Atlanta for more than a decade, but on Nov. 14, 2011, Rafshoon announced the store would vacate its iconic storefront in search for cheaper rent. Now that the bookstore is closed for good, it leaves a void for the city's LGBT community to gather in a safe, intellectual space. Rafshoon has yet to announce any other business plans, but we hope this isn't his last attempt at engaging Atlanta's gay community.
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