LGBTQ Resources

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ReadOut Event

Gulfport Public Library’s LGBTQ Resource Center announces the first annual ReadOut event, a weekend of lesbian literature, headlined by Keynote Speaker Elizabeth Sims. Sims’ novels include the Lambda Award-winning Lillian Byrd crime series and the Rita Farmer mystery series. She is a Contributing Editor for Writer’s Digest magazine, and author of You’ve Got a Book in You: A Stress-Free Guide to Writing the Book of Your Dreams.

ReadOut will take place the weekend of February 17, 2018 along with other lesbian events taking place during the week leading up to it.

The waterfront town of Gulfport in Tampa Bay has been called the “Provincetown of Florida” for its richly diverse community and plethora of lesbians. This event will be free to the entire community and we expect to draw a large crowd excited to meet authors and buy their books!  There will be a vendor room for authors to sell books.  Following the keynote presentation, 15 authors will have the opportunity to introduce themselves to the community and read from their work. Because we expect to receive more than 15 applications, we are asking all published authors who wish to read from their work to include a sample reading. (“Indie” and self-published authors are welcome.) The fee for vendors will be $25 and there is no additional fee to do a reading.

All applications must be received by November 10. We will notify you of acceptance no later than November 30.  Find the application online at www.mygulfport.us/gpl.  For more information, contact Alison Solomon by email to ReadOut2018@gmail.com.

LGBTQ Film Series

Contact: Gulfport Public Library; (727) 893-1074

The LGBTQ Resource Center at Gulfport Public Library is proud to continue its new monthly LGBTQ Film Series on second Thursday of every month at 7 pm. This is a free gathering open to the public. 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 7 pm in the Friends Room at Gulfport Public Library (5501 28th Avenue South). Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

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.

 

SAVE THE DATE: Thursday, December 14th – 7 p.m.

“HOW TO SURVIVE A PLAGUE” :

With never-before-seen archival footage from the 1980s and 90s, this 2012 documentary tells the story of the ACT-UP and TAG activists as they pushed to expand the boundaries of AIDS treatment, transforming the disease from a death sentence to a manageable condition.  “A compellingly watchable portrait of a battle fought under that most memorable rallying cry: ‘Silence = Death’. Bravo.” (The Observer) The film was Oscar-nominated for Best Documentary Feature. (Not rated)

Watch for announcements of other films as they are added to the series. Call the Library at (727) 893-1074 for titles and other information about the film series. Or find more information at the Library’s Facebook page: Facebook.com/GulfportLibraryFL.

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

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 of lesbians, 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.

Florida Resources

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://dspace.nelson.usf.edu/xmlui/handle/10806/5521 – Gerald A. Notaro Collection of St. Pete Pride Archives: A Collection Guide. Collection of photographic images documents St. Pete Pride events in the early 2000s.

Trans* Resources

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
(727) 323-5857
http://www.churchstpetersburg.org/
Christ the Cornerstone Church
5545 62nd Avenue Pinellas Park FL 33781
727-547-6280
http://christcornerstone.com/
St. Paul’s Lutheran Church
407 So. Saturn Avenue at Gulf to Bay
Clearwater, FL 33755-6597
727-446-7718
www.stpaulsclearwater.org
St. Petersburg Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers)
130 19th Ave SE
St. Petersburg, FL 33705
727-896-0310
www.seymmeetings.org/StPete/
http://stpetequakers.seymquakers.org/

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