LGBTQ Resources ‎

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 of the Gulfport Public Library is an independent non-profit 501(c)(3) organization.


Mon.- Fri.: 10AM – 7PM
Saturday: 10AM – 4PM
Sunday: Closed

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LGBTQ+ Scholar Application

*Deadline June 5, 2020*

What is the purpose of the Scholarship?

To provide a $1000 unrestricted post-secondary scholarship to an eligible LGBTQ+ scholar

Who is eligible?

LGBTQ+ persons who:

  • Are at least 16 years of age and have completed high school byJune 2020
  • Have a home address within the last two years in Gulfport, FLand are currently accepted to or attending an accredited post-secondary institution
  • Will be registered for full-time attendance (defined as 12 credithours or more for undergraduate programs and 9 credit hours ormore for graduate programs) at a post-secondary educationalinstitution (including trade schools) by September 2020

What is required of Resource Center LGBTQ+ Scholars?

All Scholars MUST:

  • Complete the Scholarship Application
  • Submit proof of registration or a letter of acceptance from apost-secondary educational institution for the 2020-2021academic year
  • Submit an official transcript of high school grades demonstratinga cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher
  • Present a report of LGBTQ+ activities (in-person, written,virtual) at the LGBTQ Resource Center annual meeting in 2021and be introduced as the LGBTQ+ Scholar
  • Consent to and participate in efforts to educate the generalpublic about LGBTQ+ topics. Such efforts may entail disclosureof LGTQ+ identity in press releases and other media.

How are LGBTQ+ Scholars chosen?

Scholars will be selected using the following criteria:

  • Academic potential and/or evidence of academic achievementof a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher
  • Evidence of participation and leadership in school andcommunity activities
  • Clarity of future goals and determination to achieve them
  • Sense of personal integrity, ethical judgment and honesty
  • Maturity and a positive sense of self as a lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer person
  • Service to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer 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, March, 12 with LOVE, SIMON, a romantic comedy rated by Rotten Tomatoes and The Advocate as among the best LGBTQ films.  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 LOVE, SIMON (2018): Simon Spier is a nice normal teenage guy, in a normal loving family, and he is looking forward to graduation. He also has a secret: he’s gay.  He has yet to tell his family or friends he is gay and he doesn’t actually know the identity of the anonymous classmate he has fallen for online. Working through these issues becomes hilarious, terrifying and life-changing.  “This film is a funny, heartfelt, and truly touching teen romantic comedy that instantly becomes a modern classic for today’s generation.” (Molly Freeman – Screen Rant) (Rated PG-13)

Save the date, Thursday April 9 for PARIS IS BURNING (1991) the next film in the series.   The documentary shot between 1985-1989 shows a behind-the-scene look at the golden age of New York “Drag Balls” where rival fashion houses come together to celebrate, “vogue” and compete for bragging rights.  This film is considered by Rotten Tomatoes and Entertainment Weekly as one of the all-time best LGBTQ films.  “…success and status in the world often depend on props you can buy, or steal, almost anywhere – assuming you have the style to know how to use them.” (Roger Ebert) (Rated R)

Save these dates for these upcoming films in the series: May 14, TO A MORE PERFECT UNION: U.S. v. WINDSOR and June 11, THE DAY IT SNOWED IN MIAMI.  Watch for announcements of other films as they are added to the series for 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 or on Facebook at


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
Lesbian Connection
Sinister Wisdom
The Advocate

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.
  • – LGBTQ Reads is a site dedicated to promoting curated LGBTQIAP+ literature for all ages.
  • – 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.
  • -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.
  • – 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.
  • – SAVE is recognized as South Florida’s leading organization dedicated to protecting people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) against discrimination.
  • – SWIM stands for Social Women in Motion. They are a social, professional and community minded lesbian group in the Greater Tampa/St Petersburg area.
  • – Outcoast works with the LGBTQ community on Florida’s Gulf Coast to promote business and non-profits through online media, photojournalism and marketing consultation.

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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