Little Sister’s Founders Bruce Smyth (left) and Jim Deva (right) with Janine Fuller, former long-time store manager / Image via dailyxtra.com
By Casey Stepaniuk
When you walk down Davie St in the heart of Vancouver’s gay village and see the familiar hot pink electric sign for Little Sister’s Book & Art Emporium—often known just as Little Sister’s—you might not realize you’re passing a lot more than an LGBTQ+ book and sex toy store. While Little Sister’s is certainly a great place to find queer books (print and digital), sex toys, rainbow pride gear, trans supplies like binders, and more, it is also a powerful queer institution with a revolutionary history.
Little Sister’s Book & Art Emporium: A Queer Vancouver Literary Legend