Bruno's (German company)

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Bruno's GmbH is a German retailer of products targeted toward gay men; it was originally founded in 1981 as Bruno Gmünder Verlag, a book publishing house. Bruno Gmünder Verlag was dissolved in 2017, with the retail division becoming Bruno's[1] and the publishing division sold to the publishing company Salzgeber & Co Medien GmbH in September 2018.[2]


Final logo as Bruno Gmünder Verlag

Bruno Gmünder Verlag was founded in Berlin in 1981 by Bruno Gmünder and Christian von Maltzahn. The publishing house was best known for Männer, a gay male lifestyle magazine, and the Spartacus International Gay Guide, the best-selling travel guidebook for gay men in the world.

The company declared bankruptcy in 2014, but was purchased by private investor Frank Zahn. When Zahn died unexpectedly in February 2017 the company again declared bankruptcy.[3] The retail division and four retail outlets became Bruno's GmbH,[1] while the publishing arm was acquired by Salzgeber in 2018 and merged into Männerschwarm Verlag.[2]


  1. ^ a b "Bruno Gmünder GmbH wird zur Bruno's GmbH". Schwulissimo (in German). 15 November 2017. Retrieved 26 October 2018.
  2. ^ a b Nach der Übernahme der Buchsparte des insolventen Bruno Gmünder Verlags ist die Berliner Edition Salzgeber nun auch Mehrheitsgesellschafter der Hamburger Männerschwarm GmbH.
  3. ^ Avery, Dan (March 29, 2017). "Gay Publisher Bruno Gmünder Declares Bankruptcy". Newnownext. Retrieved May 25, 2018.

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