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.

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Event Schedule:

Friday, February 16:

7:00-8:00 p.m. – Wine and Cheese Meet and Greet at Gulfport Library, Sponsored by ProSuzy

Saturday, February 17

10:30-11:30 a.m.  –  Elizabeth Sims Keynote, “Perils and Payoffs The Risky Business of Researching for Fiction”

11:40 a.m. -12:30 p.m. – Author readings (break from 12:30-1:30)

5:30 p.m. – Dinner at Peninsula Inn (limited seats available)

Sunday, February 18: 

9:00 a.m.   -Breakfast for workshop participants

9:30 a.m. -11:00 p.m.  – “Fearless Writing.” Workshop with Elizabeth Sims (separate advanced registration required) 

Sponsored by Golden Crown Literary Society (GCLS)

11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.   Panel discussion, “Why Write for Lesbians?”


Author Readings:

Immediately following the keynote, and all afternoon, authors who write for lesbians will be reading from their work. Genres include mystery, romance, historical, memoir, poetry, paranormal and humor.

Vendor Room:

You opportunity to meet authors who will be signing and selling books all day in the library meeting room.


Elizabeth Sims: “Perils and Payoffs: The Risky Business of Researching for Fiction”

Elizabeth Sims is author of the Rita Farmer Mysteries and the Lambda Award-winning Lillian Byrd Crime Series, internationally recognized authority on writing, contributing editor for Writer’s Digest.

An insider’s look at techniques that make today’s fiction jump off the page! Elizabeth will share the keys to finding out just about anything, from real people who know what they’re talking about. Also, she’ll discuss how to gain first-hand experience, having tagged along to movie auditions, attended class at Harvard Law School, played music on the street for money, used a firearm, talked with cops, opened and walked through countless scary doors, and much more. Her tales—often hilarious, always truthful—will give you a real taste of how serious writers bring authenticity to their work. Join Elizabeth for this unforgettable talk, with Q & A afterward.

Saturday lunch:

The library does not allow us to sell food onsite. There will be a one hour break in the program for folks to go into town to get lunch. We are partnering with a number of restaurants for participants to pre-order food so that it will be ready when they arrive at the restaurant. All restaurants are within a 10 minute walk of the library.

For vendors and authors: We are offering authors and vendors the option to pre-order lunch which will then be delivered to the library so that you don’t need to leave the building. All are also welcome to bring your brown-bag lunch.

Sunday morning workshop:

Sponsored by Golden Crown Literary Society (GCLS)

Elizabeth Sims: Fearless Writing

Writers commonly think they have to suffer through much fear and doubt in order to produce anything good. Elizabeth’s experience—and thus her message—is the opposite: Writing is easy and fun, provided we get out of our own way and let our natural talent and creativity take over. In this energizing workshop, she’ll help you find the heart of the book you want to write and convey your story zestfully and truly. You’ll learn how to work out a plan and start writing immediately, whether your book is fact or fiction. Writers with books in progress will find gold here too, because Elizabeth will provide tools every writer can use at any stage of a project.

The wisdom she’ll share is based on her own experience—and that of other storytellers dating back to prehistory. You’ll learn how to cut through angst and overcomplication with a better way to brainstorm; you’ll see how professionals power through a first draft; you’ll gain new perspectives with her Heart-Clutching Moment Plotting Method (works every time, plus it’s fun); you’ll discover how tangents can be the keys to fresh, great material; and more. Spare yourself untold writing hassle and join Elizabeth for this dynamic workshop.

Vendor Information:

There are still a few spots left. Vendors may only sell their own books and not those of friends or colleagues. Publishers are welcome to purchase a table on behalf of their authors who are present at the event.

While it is not a requirement, we do hope that all vendors will be willing to donate one book to the Gulfport Public Library.

Questions? Email:


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, February 8th with BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN, a modern-day classic of LGBTQ stories on film.  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 BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN (2005), on Thursday, February 8th.  Based on the short story by Annie Proulx, “Brokeback” is a pioneering work of cinema for depicting the story of gay characters in a popular “mainstream” film.  It stars Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal as a ranch hand and rodeo cowboy who meet in 1963 while driving cattle in the west.  At a time and in a setting where love between men is scorned, they forge a complicated bond that lasts through the years.  An Oscar winner for Best Director, and nominee for many other Oscars and awards.  “The Best Movie of the Year.” Miami Herald (Rated R)

Save the date for the next film in the monthly series, THE HANDMAIDEN, on Thursday, March 1st.  From acclaimed South Korean director Chan-wook Park, set in 1930s era Japanese-occupied Korea, the film is part crime thriller, part erotic love story, in which a female pickpocket takes a job as handmaiden to the niece of a rich book collector.  The handmaiden is drawn into a plot with an accomplice who wants to claim the niece’s fortune.  Things become more complicated when the handmaiden begins to fall in love with the niece.  The film, based on the popular British novel “Fingersmith” by Sarah Waters, has received accolades as a modern cinematic work of art.  “Go see it. If you love cinema at all, go see it.” Detroit News (Not Rated – Adults Only)

NOTE: The film series ordinarily takes place on the second Thursday of each month, but for March only will take place on March 1st due to an event scheduling conflict.

Upcoming films in the series include: ORIENTED (April 12th), NO SECRET ANYMORE: THE TIMES OF DEL MARTIN & PHYLLIS LYON (May 10th) and REEL IN THE CLOSET (June 14th).  Watch for announcements of other films as they are added to the series on the second Thursday of each month.

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.

Winter Newsletter

In addition to building a physical LGBTQ book collection, we have also compiled a digital resources collection on LGBTQ matters.

National Resources


  • – The Human Rights Campaign: Working for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Equal Rights


  • – GLAAD (Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) is a non-governmental organization media monitoring organization which promotes the image of LGBT people in the media.



  •– 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.


  •– 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.



  •– 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.




  •– 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.


  • – 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.



  •– 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.


  • 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.



  •– 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.


Florida Resources
  • – 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.


  •– 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.


  •– 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.


  •– providing premier HIV services, social networking, and other health and wellness programs that enhance the quality of life for the local community.



  • – 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.


  • – 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.



  • – online resource for Lesbians in the Tampa Bay area. Includes a calendar of local events for lesbians ‘on the go and in the know.



  • – 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.



Trans* Resources
  • – National Center for Transgender Equality. Organization that is “dedicated to advancing the equality through advocacy, collaboration and empowerment.
  • – 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.
  • – 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.
  • – 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.
  • – 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.
  • – Transgender Road map compiles several kinds of resources on the physical, spiritual, sexual, and mental well being for trans* individuals in transition.


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