LGBTQ Resource Center

The LGBTQ Resource Center is committed to promoting awareness of the diversity of experiences, contributions and needs of people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and/or queer. We do this by providing educational, social and recreational opportunities through the Gulfport Public Library, including books, films, music, speakers, exhibitions and other events, as well as an online presence.

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ReadOut 2023 - February 16-18 with Keynote Lynn Ames. Save the Date

Moving Forward: ReadOUT 2024

With growth, comes change. February 2023 was the last year for ReadOUT to be held at the Gulfport Library. As Library Director, Dave Mather, explained, “The library is honored to have played a role in the early years of ReadOUT and our support for online attendance during the COVID pandemic. ReadOUT’s continuing growth as a hybrid event is simply beyond the meeting space available and our library staff’s time and capabilities. We know ReadOUT will continue to serve as a vital complement to the book collection that has grown at the library from 250 volumes in 2015 to more than 10,000 books, CDs, DVD, and other online materials today.”

Board President Susan Gore added, “The COVID pandemic was a turning point for the LGBTQ Resource Center. Without the library’s support, ReadOUT would have disappeared for two years. Instead, it exploded to serve almost 3,000 lovers of LGBTQ literature around the world in 2021 – 2023. The board’s commitment to accessibility for those who cannot come to Gulfport meant we had to find a different venue for 2024.” Gore continued, “The universe smiled when one of our board members became manager of the new Artists of Elements Gallery located within a mile of the library. Their generous offer of 3000+ square-feet of presentation and gallery space – with full access for online participants – vividly illustrates AOE’s intention to be known as The Gathering Place.”

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, Feb. 7th
Annual Meeting
7 p.m. at the Gulfport Merchants Chamber offices, 5317 22nd Ave. S, Gulfport, FL 33707. Only members may vote.

Friday, Feb. 16 Workshop at 1pm
Book Banning: What Can I Do?

Friday, Feb. 16 Workshop at 3pm
Indie Bookstores & LGBTQ-BIPOC Lit

Friday, Feb. 16 at 7:30pm
Birthdays Are a Drag!

Saturday, Feb. 17 at 7:30pm
Lavender Moonshine and You

Learn More about these events in the Latest Issue of ShoutOut.

Listen Now!

Listen to the Podcast, Impact Catalyst with Guest Susan Gore from the LGBTQ Resource Center.

Moving Forward

Are you a nonprofit Leader?
Have you been called a Visionary?
Ready to make a Difference?

You May Be the LGBTQ Resource Center’s Next Board President.

The Ideal Candidate has…

  • a commitment to LGBTQ+ awareness
  • 3-5 years of volunteer board experience
  • arts and humanities mission focus
  • social media savvy
  • supervisory experience
  • budget management skills
  • commitment to inclusion

To apply, visit by Feb.2, 2024. For more info on the Resource Center, visit The LGBTQ Resource Center seeks to recruit, develop and retain talented volunteers from a diverse candidate pool.

LGBTQ Periodicals Available at the Library

Gay & Lesbian Review Worldwide
Lesbian Connection
Sinister Wisdom
The Advocate

BranchOUT - Scholarships
ReadOut - Literature
ShoutOut Newsletter
SpeakOut - Dialogues
ArtOut - Exhibition