The purpose of the Resource Center is to not only provide a welcoming communal space to the large LGBTQ population of Gulfport and Pinellas County, it also establishes a sense of awareness and advocacy for a segment of the Gulfport community that is ingrained in the very fabric of the community; it’s history, unique sensibility, and accepting creative spirit. The LGBTQ Resource Center is a project of the non-profit Circle of Friends of the Gulfport Public Library.
Gulfport Public Library awarded 2018 GLBTRT Newlen-Symons Award for Excellence in Serving the GLBT Community
LGBTQ Film Series
LGBTQ Film Series
Contact: Gulfport Public Library; (727) 893-1074
The LGBTQ Resource Center at Gulfport Public Library is proud to continue its monthly LGBTQ Film Series on Thursday, April 12th with ORIENTED, a documentary following the lives of three gay Palestian men and their female friend residing in Israel. The Film Series is a free gathering to watch a film in the company of friends and neighbors on the second Thursday of each month.
Popcorn, candy, bottled water and soda are available. Donations will be accepted to benefit the LGBTQ Resource Center. Feel free to bring your own “brown bag” supper and beverages. Each film begins at 7pm in the Friends Room at Gulfport Public Library (5501 28th Avenue South). Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.
About ORIENTED (2015): This fascinating documentary follows 15 months in the lives of three gay Palestinian men and their female friend residing in Tel-Aviv, pursing equal civil rights. “There is a strong camaraderie within this quartet, and though director Jake Witzenfeld’s film focuses on the complexities of what it means to be a gay Arab man who is also an Israeli citizen, it is the easy rapport among these friends that humanizes the film and elevates it beyond its point-and-shoot aesthetic.” Chicago Tribune (Not Rated)
Save the date, Thursday May 10th, for NO SECRET ANYMORE: THE TIMES OF DEL MARTIN & PHYLLIS LYON (2003). No Secret Anymore: The Times of Del Martin and Phyllis Lyon chronicles six decades in the lives of two women known as the founders of the modern lesbian civil rights movement, tracing the emergence of lesbians from the fear of discovery to the expectation of equality. With incisive interviews, rare archival images and warmhearted humor, the film reveals their inspiring public work, as well as their charming private relationship. When they courageously launched the Daughters of Bilitis in 1955, it became the first public organization for lesbians in America. (Not rated)
Upcoming films in the series include: REEL IN THE CLOSET (June 14th) and GIRLS LOST (July 12th). Watch for announcements of other films as they are added to the series on the second Thursday of each month.
The LGBTQ Resource Center is a project of the non-profit Circle of Friends of the Gulfport Public Library. The Resource Center provides collections, services and events throughout the year to the local LGBTQ community, its friends and family. Find out more about the Resource Center, the Circle of Friends and the Library on the web at www.mygulfport.us/gpl or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/GulfportLibraryFL.
FREE at the Library (5501 28th Ave. S.).
Water, soda, popcorn and candy available – donations accepted for the LGBTQ Resource Center. BYO “brown bag” supper and beverages.
Periodicals Available at the Library
Gay & Lesbian Review Worldwide
In addition to building a physical LGBTQ book collection, we have also compiled a digital resources collection on LGBTQ matters.
- http://www.hrc.org – The Human Rights Campaign: Working for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Equal Rights
- http://www.glaad.org – GLAAD (Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) is a non-governmental organization media monitoring organization which promotes the image of LGBT people in the media.
- http://www.nclrights.org/– National Center for Lesbian Rights – NCLR is a national legal organization committed to advancing the civil and human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people and their families through litigation, legislation, policy, and public education.
- http://www.lambdalegal.org/– Lambda Legal is the oldest and largest national legal organization whose mission is to achieve full recognition of the civil rights oflesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and those with HIV through impact litigation, education and public policy work.
- http://community.pflag.org/– PFLAG (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) We are a national support, education and advocacy organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people, their families, friends and allies.
- http://www.ncsl.org/research/human-services/same-sex-marriage-laws.aspx– National Conference of State Legislature- same sex marriage laws. A complete list of states where judicial decision established same sex marriage, where legislature has passed law allowing same sex marriage, and where no provisions allowing same sex marriage have occurred.
- http://www.actuporalhistory.org/– ACT UP (AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power) has compiled an oral history of surviving members of AIDS coalition to Unleash Power. The purpose of this project is to present comprehensive, complex, human, collective, and individual pictures of the people who have made up ACT UP/New York.
- http://www.sageusa.org/ – Services & Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE) is the country’s largest and oldest organization dedicated to improving the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) older adults.
- http://www.oloc.org/– Old Lesbians Organizing for Change is a national network of Lesbians over age 60 working to make life better for Old Lesbians through support networks and by confronting ageism in our communities and our country using education and public discourse as primary tools.
- http://williamsinstitute.law.ucla.edu/-The Williams Institute is dedicated to conducting rigorous, independent research on sexual orientation and gender identity law and public policy. A national think tank at UCLA Law, the Williams Institute produces high-quality research with real-world relevance and disseminates it to judges, legislators, policymakers, media and the public.
- http://www.colage.org/– COLAGE unites people with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and/or queer parents into a network of peers and supports them as they nurture and empower each other to be skilled, self-confident, and just leaders in our collective communities.
- http://www.stonewallnationalmuseum.org/ – Located in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, the Stonewall National Museum and Archives promotes understanding through preserving and sharing the proud culture of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and their significant role in society. SNMA is one of the only museums in the United States dedicated solely to LGBT history, civil rights, art and culture. The museum features three gallery spaces with changing monthly and bi-monthly exhibits, and includes a permanent timeline of American LGBT history.
- http://eqfl.org/– Equality Florida is the largest civil rights organization dedicated to securing full equality for Florida’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community. Through lobbying, grassroots organizing, education, and coalition building, we are changing Florida so that no one suffers harassment or discrimination on the basis of their sexual orientation or gender identity.
- http://glsen.org/chapters/tampabay– Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network’s Tampa Bay chapter strives to assure that each member of every school community is valued and respected regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression.
- http://www.metrotampabay.org/– providing premier HIV services, social networking, and other health and wellness programs that enhance the quality of life for the local community.
- http://www.gay-guide.com/orgmenu/glcorg.htm – A listing of LGBTQ resource centers in Florida.
- http://www.stpetepride.com/ – The purpose of St. Pete Pride is to promote unity, visibility, self-esteem and a positive image of and among the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community of Tampa Bay and throughout the State of Florida by way of cultural and educational programs and activities.
- http://www.pridecenterflorida.org/ – We provide a welcoming, safe space — an inclusive home that celebrates, nurtures and empowers the LGBTQ communities and our friends and neighbors in South Florida.
- http://gaystpete.com– online resource for LGBT information in the Greater St. Petersburg area.
- http://prosuzy.com/ – online resource for Lesbians in the Tampa Bay area. Includes a calendar of local events for lesbians ‘on the go and in the know.
- http://www.rainbow411.com/content/saint-petersburg.html – Listing/search engine for all the gay friendly businesses in Florida.
- http://www.watermarkonline.com/ – Watermark prints up to 20,000 copies every other Thursday, and distributes them in more than 500 locations throughout Orlando, Tampa Bay, Sarasota and throughout the state. The newspaper donates more than $200,000 annually in free and sponsor advertising to worthy local and national LGBT non-profits.
- http://transequality.org/index.html – National Center for Transgender Equality. Organization that is “dedicated to advancing the equality through advocacy, collaboration and empowerment.
- http://transgenderlawcenter.org – Transgender Law Center works to change law, policy, and attitudes so that all people can live safely, authentically, and free from discrimination regardless of their gender identity or expression.
- http://www.translifeline.org – Trans Lifeline is not for profit dedicated to the well being of transgender people. Their FREE crisis hotline is run by transgender for transgender people in need of support and resources.
- http://transhealth.ucsf.edu/ – The mission of the Center of Excellence for Transgender Health is to increase access to comprehensive, effective, and affirming health care services for trans and gender-variant communities.
- http://transstudent.org/ – Trans Student Equality Resources is a youth-led organization dedicated to improving the educational environment for trans* and gender nonconforming students through advocacy and empowerment. We believe that trans* and gender nonconforming youth should be allowed the same opportunities and respect enjoyed by their peers and that an equal education is a matter of civil rights.
- http://www.tsroadmap.com/index.html – Transgender Road map compiles several kinds of resources on the physical, spiritual, sexual, and mental well being for trans* individuals in transition.
Local Gay Affirming Churches
- King of Peace Metropolitan Church
3150 5th Ave. N. St. Petersburg, FL 33713
- Christ the Cornerstone Church
5545 62nd Avenue Pinellas Park FL 33781
- Paul’s Lutheran Church
407 So. Saturn Avenue at Gulf to Bay
Clearwater, FL 33755-6597
- Petersburg Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers)
130 19th Ave SE
St. Petersburg, FL 33705
- Pass-a-Grille Beach Community Church, U.C.C.
107 16th Avenue
St. Pete Beach, FL 33706
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City Hall Address: 2401 53rd St. S. Gulfport, FL 33707
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