Michael Erickson is the lead owner of Glad Day Bookshop, the world's oldest LGBTQ bookstore. Glad Day Bookshop isn't just a bookstore & bar - it also serves as a community and cultural hub, running over 70 events a month and providing support to a range of people in need. Glad Day has a non-profit side called Glad Day Lit. Glad Day Lit organizes the world’s largest LGBTQ literary festival ‘Naked Heart’, which takes place in the heart of the Church and Wellesley Village. During the pandemic, Glad Day Lit raised over 300,000 for LGBTQ artists, performers and cash-based workers; Glad Day Lit has provided over 900 emergency grants and paid artists and performers over 1700 times since 2020.