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Richard Labonte, former SF LGBTQ bookstore manager, dies

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Richard Labonte, who once managed the LGBTQ bookstore A Different Light in San Francisco's Castro neighborhood, died March 20 at his home in British Columbia, Canada after a battle with stomach cancer.

He was 72.Mr. Labonte was a co-founder of A Different Light with his then-partner Norman Laurila, according to an article on SF Gate.

The Castro store opened in 1985, following the first location in Los Angeles' Silver Lake neighborhood. Mr. Labonte became the manager of the Castro store in 1986.

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