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A Brother's Touch Bookstore : Our Store in Minneapolis

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Brother's Touch owner Harvey Hertz said that police responded very well to the incident, classifying it as a hate crime.He added that the neighborhood has also been very supportive, offering donations towards the cleaning of the store's front windows.Hertz said he planned to leave the offensive graffiti up for a few days to let people know that discrimination exists in the Cities.Located at 2327 Hennepin Ave, Hertz's store receives heavy traffic during rush hours.Anyone standing outside the store can see drivers stopped at the 24th St. stoplight catch a glimpse of the bright pink words, and then turn and stare.The bookstore had also received "love mail" in the form of a notecard dropped on their step, flowers from a florist down the street, and positive email from the pictures they posted on their web site.


City Pages: Brother from Another Planet

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"I think I was open six months or a year, and I got into this battle with the Yellow Pages," says Harvey Hertz, founder of A Brother's Touch Books.This is how Harvey Hertz tells a story: with a mix of disbelief and exasperation, with lots of dialogue, often with a naughty finish that isn't quite a punch line.Hertz is the kind of eccentric that one tends to find running specialty shops.After knowing me for all of 30 minutes, he tells me about seducing a college-aged magazine salesman, a tête-a-tête that made it into one of John Patrick's anthologies of erotic stories.Considering Hertz's apparent distaste for self-censorship, it's hard to imagine him lasting long at, say, a Barnes & Noble.It's hard, actually, to imagine him not being his own boss.He came to Minnesota for drug treatment more than two decades ago, but has maintained the accent and cadence of his native Brooklyn.He's a mumbler and a barker, and he's sometimes hard to understand.His tight-fitting T-shirt features three cartoon drag queens.It reads, "Expression!" Hertz won that battle with the phone-book homophobe, by the way, and managed to overcome periodic vandalism and constant heckling."Harvey was always good about bringing in GLBT authors," says Tretter."You could meet some of these nationally and internationally renowned people that you'd heard about.It gave us a connection outside of Minnesota to the rest of the GLBT world." With such grand history behind him, Hertz the pioneer reveals some resentment over the store's failure.The gay community, he feels, largely abandoned him as soon as corporate America recognized queer buying power.But mostly he's sad. "It's hard," he says."One day this week, I couldn't come in for more than an hour at a time.It's like the end of any kind of relationship.This was my little baby.People have said, 'Why don't you keep your website?' But that would be like having your lover move into the next bedroom." Brother's Touch founder Harvey Hertz: "People have said, 'Why don't youkeep your website?' But that would be like having your lover move into the next bedroom.""I'm from the old school, I support independent people," says Hertz."The people that have been around a while feel the loss more than people that are growing up now, who never really had a reason to go to places like this.It's always been available to them." If it was hard for Hertz to survive once the chains starting stocking gay books, it got even harder once Rainbow Road, Minneapolis's sunny gay gift shop, opened eight years ago.Hertz certainly had his fiercely loyal customers, but according to some, he could be one of those "business would be great if it weren't for these goddamn customers" kind of shopkeepers.Hertz, though, was in a tough spot.Like all independents, he couldn't match the low prices of the online stores or the big chains, and with the wider availability of gay and lesbian publications and better coverage of LGBT events in the mainstream press, the store's role as a news beacon had significantly waned.The store was forced to focus more on porn, baubles, and accessories."You know, if I had to guess," says Hertz."It wasn't even necessarily that Harvey fucked up by not focusing on the books or anything like that," says Tom Roach.Hertz, as he stresses, is from the old school."It's a mixture, sometimes it seems better to a degree," Hertz says of the current social climate."I haven't heard that in a while," quips Hertz lewdly, to little response.They end up getting the stuff for a steal, with a complimentary cockscrew. I ask Hertz what his plans are.


Lavender Magazine: Lavender Calendar

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This week's topic: "Atheism, religion, and the GLBT community," with guest Harvey Hertz, owner of the now-defunct A Brother's Touch Bookstore.4:30 PM.Metro Cable Channel 6.Other Twin Cities and Greater Minnesota cable listings at http://www.lavendermagazine.com/zzlink.cgi?http://www.mnatheists.org/.


Oasis: Letter to the Editor

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I enjoyed reading the article on Harvey.Great job! When our son came out in March of 1990, we lived in the small town of Brainerd, Minnesota.My wife went to the bookstore after our son told us he is gay and the only book they had said homosexuality was a sin and should be a crime.Fortunately we had a former Lutheran clergyman who knew he was gay but married and fathered 4 children to give the perception of normality and he led us into finding books.Harvey Hertz, owner of A Brother's Touch bookstore led us into many books along the way.So with PFLAG and supportive friends in the gay community we have become advocates of the GLBT community.


OIA Newsdesk : Gay Oklahoma City! Welcome to Out In Oklahoma City - Gay Lesbian Bi Trans

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In a letter to New York's Gay City News, owner Harvey Hertz said gay bookstores had been hit hard by national bookstore chains, Amazon.com and gay gift shops, "each taking away a little more from our sales.I sit here in an almost empty store all day, except for a few loyal customers."[3/7/03]Out In Oklahoma City News TickerNow you can get Out In Oklahoma City news right on your home page or website for free!


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