written by Lynn
ABC’s co-founder Mitch Crossfield and most of our male staff in the early years were gay. That’s because Amsterdam was open, as opposed to Belgium and Spain, where homosexuality was still forbidden, so Mitch was able to hire gay booksellers from Amsterdam’s teeming population. Bookseller Harry displayed several titles by gay authors in a little rack by the Amsterdam travel guides. He had to refill it constantly, which told him there was demand for these titles, even though it wasn’t common knowledge these authors were gay.