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.
Poppy Champlin Happy Medicine Show
Contact: Gulfport Public Library; (727) 893-1074
Nationally-celebrated comic Poppy Champlin returns to Gulfport on Saturday, February 16 at 8 p.m. at Catherine Hickman Theater (5501 27th Ave. South). This engagement follows her hilarious sold-out 2018 show. Her appearance will once again be a fundraiser for the LGBTQ Resource Center at Gulfport Public Library. Pop a happy pill with Poppy Champlin’s Happy Medicine Show as she injects humor into everything from yoga for oldsters to red, blue and purple politics from a lesbian feminist perspective. Adults only suggested.
She is one of the quickest-witted comedians working either coast today. “She erupts onto the stage, fearless, upbeat and energetic – spitting out jokes, quips, songs, impressions and even birdcalls. Poppy’s shows can be described as spin art – No two alike.” (Laugh Factory) Poppy has appeared extensively on TV, including The Joan Rivers Show, Entertainment Tonight, Showtime, LOGO, Comics Unleashed, Comedy Central, VH-1, HBO and Oprah.
Tickets are available at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3900986 or simply go to BrownPaperTickets.com and search Poppy Champlin. Tickets are also available at the Gulfport Beach Bazaar (3115 Beach Blvd. S.). A limited number of early admission tickets are $30/ea. (suggested donation) and allow ticket holders into the theater at 7 p.m. for light hors d’oeuvre and an opportunity to reserve their seats. General admission tickets are $25/ea. (suggested donation) and allow entrance to the theater at 7:30 p.m.
The show is presented by and benefits the Gulfport Public Library’s LGBTQ Resource Center. The Resource Center provides collections, services and events throughout the year to the local LGBTQ community, its friends and family, and is a project of the non-profit Circle of Friends of the Gulfport Public Library. 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.
LGBTQ Film Series
LGBTQ Film Series
Contact: Gulfport Public Library; (727) 893-1074
“SATURDAY CHURCH” NEXT IN LGBTQ FILM SERIES
The LGBTQ Resource Center at Gulfport Public Library is proud to continue its monthly LGBTQ Film Series on Thursday, February 14 with SATURDAY CHURCH, an exciting film in which a boy finds acceptance and support among fellow trans and LGBTQ in the spirit-lifting weekly gatherings known as “Saturday Church.” 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 SATURDAY CHURCH (2017): Ulysses is a shy and effeminate boy who finds himself coping with new responsibilities as man of the house after the death of his father. Living alongside his mother, younger brother, and conservative aunt, Ulysses is also struggling with questions about his gender identity. He finds an escape by creating a vivid world of fantasy filled with dance and music. Ulysses’ journey takes a turn for the better when he discovers a vibrant transgender community, who take him to “Saturday Church,” a program for LGBTQ youth. A winner of numerous LGBTQ film festival awards from across the country, and accolades for young actor Luka Kain portraying Ulysses. (Not Rated)
Save the date, Thursday March 14, for THE MISEDUCATION OF CAMERON POST (2018). After Cameron (Chloë Grace Moretz) is caught with another girl in the back seat of a car on prom night, she is quickly shipped off to a conversion therapy center that treats teens “struggling with same-sex attraction.” At the facility, Cameron is subjected to outlandish discipline, dubious “de-gaying” methods, and earnest Christian rock songs, but this unusual setting also provides her with an unlikely gay community. For the first time, Cameron connects with peers, and she’s able to find her place among fellow outcasts. Directed by Desiree Akhavan. “Loaded with terrific performances all around.” (Toronto Star) Winner of the 2018 Sundance Grand Jury Prize for Dramatic Films. (Not Rated)
Also save the dates for our film on April 11, WE THE ANIMALS, and May 9, DO I SOUND GAY? 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.
LGBTQ 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.
- https://lgbtqreads.com – LGBTQ Reads is a site dedicated to promoting curated LGBTQIAP+ literature for all ages.
- 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.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://www.save.lgbt – SAVE is recognized as South Florida’s leading organization dedicated to protecting people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) against discrimination.
- http://swimwomen.org – SWIM stands for Social Women in Motion. They are a social, professional and community minded in the Greater Tampa/St Petersburg area.
- https://www.outcoast.com – Outcoast works with the LGBTQ community on Florida’s Gulf Coast to promote business and non-profits through online media, photojournalism and marketing consultation.
- 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 – 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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