As an activist and entrepreneur, Deacon Maccubbin has been a guiding light in the area’s GLBT community for more than 35 years. According to the Rainbow History Project archive, upon opening his first Lambda Rising gay bookstore in Washington in 1972, Maccubbin declared: “We are proud of the history of gay culture and of the struggle for political and social equality. We want the shop to be a showcase for the wide variety of happy, healthy gay lifestyles found among the quarter of a million gay men and women in the Washington metropolitan area.”
Maccubbin also played a pivotal role in organizing the first Gay Pride celebration in Washington in June of 1975.
While Maccubbin has been forced to close shops in Baltimore and Norfolk, stores in D.C. and Rehoboth remain, despite increased competition from online and chain retailers.
The Mautner Project, the National Lesbian Health Organization, will honor Maccubbin at the upcoming “Men of Mautner Awards” ceremony on Wednesday, March 19, at the Woman’s National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. The event begins at 6 p.m. For more information, visit www.mautnerproject.org.
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