Gay Men's Press

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Gay Men's Press
Gay Men's Press logo.png
Status Defunct
Founded 1979
Country of origin United Kingdom
Headquarters location London, England
Publication types Books
Nonfiction topics Gay men's literature
Official website

Gay Men's Press was a publisher of books based in London, United Kingdom. The company published from 1979 until 2006.[1]


Launched in 1979 by Aubrey Walter, David Fernbach, and Richard Dipple, GMP, as it was known, was a pioneer publisher of gay, lesbian, and transgender books, the first and largest in England. The book business had been unwelcoming to GLBT writers, publishing only works of a homosexual nature deemed suitable for mainstream readers. Authors such as James Purdy, Michael Davidson, and Ken Shakin found an audience for fiction about gay life as it was,[1] often subject matter dealing with man-boy love. The company also published non-fiction about gay liberation, homoerotic art books (Aubrey Walter's Editions) and even the children's book Jenny Lives with Eric and Martin in 1983. The latter prompted the introduction of the Section 28 of the Local Government Act 1988,[2] which forbade the "promotion of homosexuality" by local government,[3] after the Daily Mail, a tabloid newspaper, reported that a copy of the book was provided in the library of a school run by the left-wing, Labour-controlled Inner London Education Authority.

The company was sold to Millivres Prowler in 2000, and closed in 2006 because of dwindling sales, caused in part by a lack of exposure in the big chain bookstores.[1]

Valancourt Books, an independent American publishing house founded in 2005, has reprinted many works last published in the 1980s by the Gay Men's Press in the defunct company's Gay Modern Classics series.[4]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Smith, Rupert (29 April 2006). "Swimming against the tide". The Guardian. Retrieved 30 August 2008. 
  2. ^ "Lords Hansard text for 6 Dec 1999". Hansard. Parliament of the United Kingdom. 1999-12-06. Archived from the original on September 30, 2007. Retrieved 2008-08-30. 
  3. ^ Deer, Brian (1988-05-29). "Schools Escape Clause 28 in 'Gay Ban' Fiasco". The Sunday Times. Retrieved 2008-08-30.  The article notes the then-current notoriety of the book.
  4. ^ Healey, Trebor (28 May 2014). "Early Gay Literature Rediscovered". Huffington Post. Retrieved 31 May 2014. 

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