The Spartacus International Gay Guide

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The Spartacus International Gay Guide is an international gay travel guidebook which was first published as a set of magazines from 1968 and was converted to a book in 1970 by John D Stamford, then a Catholic Priest in Brighton. In the early 1970s, exact date not clear, Mr Stamford moved with his business to Amsterdam.

On 1 December 1986 Stamford, then 48, sold the business and title to 31 year old Bruno Gmünder. Mr Stamford then went globe travelling with his companions – presumably using his venerable guide. There are then unsubstantiated reports that he was wanted for illegal activity in The Netherlands and is thought to have spent some time in prison somewhere in Western Europe before his death which is understood to have been in 1999.

The Bruno Gmünder Group was founded in 1981 in Berlin, Germany. The company became one of the world’s leading companies in gay publishing media. Bruno Gmünder Group was sold on in 2011 to a new management consisting of Tino Henn, Nik Reis and Michael Taubenheim. On 28 May 2014 the company announced on their web site that they had entered a “restructuring insolvency” with their bankers.

Sales of their products were declining; they had invested in new media such as apps – including a Spartacus app – and relaunched magazines – but unfortunately sales had been disappointing. The restructuring insolvency is hoped to allow the Bruno Gmünder Group to save the company, meet regular debt obligations and allow the company to avoid a bankruptcy, and to get “back in the black”.

The company is still trading. The future of the printed Gay Guide is not known.

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