Bruno's (German company)

Bruno's GmbH is a German retailer of products targeted toward gay men; it was originally founded in 1981 as Bruno Gmünder Verlag, a book publishing house. Bruno Gmünder Verlag was dissolved in 2017, with the retail division becoming Bruno's[1] and the publishing division sold to the publishing company Salzgeber & Co Medien GmbH in September 2018.[2]

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Final logo as Bruno Gmünder Verlag

Bruno Gmünder Verlag was founded in Berlin in 1981 by Bruno Gmünder and Christian von Maltzahn. The publishing house was best known for Männer, a gay male lifestyle magazine, and the Spartacus International Gay Guide, the best-selling travel guidebook for gay men in the world. Bruno Gmünder had purchased the latter in 1986 following financial difficulties with the former owner John D. Stamford,[3] as well as increasing evidence that the Guide was being used by paedophiles to abuse children in developing countries.[4][5] Under Bruno Gmünder the Guide significantly reduced the pro-paedophilia content, though various aspects remained during the period 1987–1994.[6][non-primary source needed]

In October 2012, the Bruno Gmünder Group offered a "bounty" of €15,000 for information leading to the investigation and final conviction of the operators of the right-wing extremist and homophobic blog[7] The Roman Catholic theologian David Berger has taken over the coordination of the resulting campaign Stoppt In a letter to the German Bishops' Conference, the group asked them to support the campaign.[8]

The company declared bankruptcy in 2014, but was purchased by private investor Frank Zahn.[citation needed] When Zahn died unexpectedly in February 2017 the company again declared bankruptcy.[9] The retail division and four retail outlets became Bruno's GmbH,[1] while the publishing arm was acquired by Salzgeber in 2018 and merged into Männerschwarm Verlag.[2]


  1. ^ a b "Bruno Gmünder GmbH wird zur Bruno's GmbH". Schwulissimo (in German). 15 November 2017. Archived from the original on 26 October 2018. Retrieved 26 October 2018.
  2. ^ a b " Nach der Übernahme der Buchsparte des insolventen Bruno Gmünder Verlags ist die Berliner Edition Salzgeber nun auch Mehrheitsgesellschafter der Hamburger Männerschwarm GmbH". Archived from the original on 2018-09-18. Retrieved 2018-09-18.
  3. ^ Tax men pounce on Spartacus, Gay Journal, 1986–87, archived from the original on 20 December 2019, retrieved 20 December 2019
  4. ^ Karene Jullien (August 2003), The Recent International Efforts to End Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children, vol. 31, Denver Journal of International Law and Policy, pp. 579–605
  5. ^ Mazher Mahmood (3 August 1986), Scandal of Britons who buy young boys for £3 a night, Sunday Times, archived from the original on 19 December 2019, retrieved 19 December 2019
  6. ^ Spartacus International Gay Guide - 23rd edition 1994/95, Bruno Gmünder, 1994, p. 148
  7. ^ "Beleidigung von Dirk Bach: Bruno Gmünder Verlag Zahlt Kopfgeld für Informationen Über" [Bruno Gmünder Verlag Offers Reward for Information About]. Bruno Gmünder (in German). 10 May 2012. Archived from the original on 2015-09-23. Retrieved 16 July 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  8. ^ Betet für uns Süddeutsche Zeitung vom 12. Oktober 2012
  9. ^ Avery, Dan (March 29, 2017). "Gay Publisher Bruno Gmünder Declares Bankruptcy". Newnownext. Archived from the original on May 26, 2018. Retrieved May 25, 2018.

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