RuPaul’s new online bookstore faces backlash for selling anti-LGBTQ+ and right-wing titles

Shoppers were quick to point out that texts by authors like Riley Gaines, Robby Starbuck, Kirk Cameron and even Adolf Hitler were available on the site.

RuPaul posing with this new bookstore's Rainbow Book Bus. The bus is painted multicoloured, with RuPaul smiling to the side of it.
Image: @rainbowbookbus via Instagram

Allstora, a new online bookstore co-founded by RuPaul, Adam Powell and Eric Cervini, is facing backlash for stocking anti-LGBTQ+ and extremist right-wing titles. 

The site previously operated as with the aim of protecting and promoting LGBTQ+ literature while offering authors fair compensation. However, since Powell and Cervini launched it a year ago, the business has grown so rapidly that they “needed some help from a legend”, namely RuPaul, who joined as co-founder and Chief Creative Officer.

The Emmy award-winning drag star was announced as the newest member of the team on March 4, as also confirmed its rebrand to Allstora.



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While unveiling the changes, the marketplace maintained that its mission is “to empower all authors and elevate all stories, especially those from marignalized communities” with writers reportedly earning double what they receive from other outlets.

Allstora further pledged that queerness would “remain a core part” of the company’s identity, adding “We were founded by two drag queens and a gay historian after all!”

With this new chapter, the shop’s catalogue of books has grown from 3,000 to 10 million titles and as part of its launch, the company’s Rainbow Book Bus will travel across the US, aiming to fight book bans by teaming up with local LGBTQ+ organisations to distribute thousands of books by the end of the year.



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However, while the company’s expansion was initially celebrated, eagle-eyed shoppers have been quick to call out Allstora for stocking anti-LGBTQ+ and extremist right-wing texts, including from Riley Gaines, Robby Starbuck, Kirk Cameron and even Adolf Hitler.

“So I just went to the website for the first time. You’re selling nazi and anti-woke books and calling this a safe space for queers???? Please fix your website,” one commenter wrote.


Another expressed, “This is not a queer bookstore at all…Typical rainbow capitalism”.

On X, users described Allstora as “a scammy online bookstore” and “hot hot HOT garbage.”


At the time of writing, the right-wing titles remain on the site and the company has yet to make a statement. The controversy surrounding the bookstore comes as RuPaul today releases his new memoir The House of Hidden Meanings

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