LGBTQ Resource Center

The LGBTQ Resource Center is committed to promoting awareness of the diversity of experiences, contributions and needs of people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and/or queer. We do this by providing educational, social and recreational opportunities through the Gulfport Public Library, including books, films, music, speakers, exhibitions and other events, as well as an online presence.

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Open Mic Night on December 7 at 7pm

Open Mic Night

Honoring World AIDS Day

We’re here, we’re queer, and we have stuff to say!
Join us for an evening of poetry and music at the Catherine Hickman Theater.
Date: December 7 Time: 7-9:30 pm

Twice as Spectacular By Sheila Cowley December 9th.

Twice As Spectacular

By Sheila Cowley

With Eugene Bondurant • Fernando A Chonqui • Druid Warner • John. Huls • James B Rayfiled • Coral Walden • Jay Hoff • Creative Clay Origami Prop Design By Jennifer Ring

December 9th at Gulfport Public Library. 

Free Entry Starts at 2:00 PM.

ReadOut 2023 - February 16-18 with Keynote Lynn Ames.  Save the Date

Save the Date! ReadOut 2024

Educate. Celebrate. Inspire.

The 2024 ReadOUT Literary Festival is Friday-Sunday, February 16-18, at a NEW LOCATION! 4746 22nd Ave S. Gulfport, Florida.

Keynote Speaker Lynn Ames, Author of Out at the Plate: The Dot Wilkinson Story.

BranchOut Scholarship winners Bryan Hinkson,<br />
Jamie Riley, and<br />
June Parlett Norsworthy.

Meet the 2024 BranchOUT Scholars!

Emerging Scholar

Bryan Hinkson is a proud Suncoast Softball Hall of Fame member, a student of Graphic Design at St. Pete College and an intern at Cox Media. His voice also is heard on the award-winning Big Gay Radio Show from midnight to 3 a.m. on WMNF 88.5 FM. Bryan’s goal is to become a full-time Graphic Designer.

Continuing Scholar

Jamie Riley’s path has led him from teaching elementary school in Korea, North Carolina and Taiwan to studying for an MDiv in Interfaith Chaplaincy. He is currently a Chaplain Intern at BayCare Hospital, with the goal of becoming “a visibly queer Buddhist hospital chaplain.” Riley also performs stand-up at Spitfire Comedy Club in St. Petersburg.

Returning Scholar

June Parlett Norsworthy has spent more than 50 years raising awareness of lesbians’ contributions to art and music through online images and videos. Her subjects have ranged from fine artists to the Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival and TIGLFF. She is continuing digital photography studies at St. Pete College.

The Writing Life Sept 16, Oct 21, Nov 18 and Dec 16 at the Gulfport Public Library.

The Writing Life with Facilitator Todd Wellman, MA, MLS.

Do you enjoy writing fiction, nonfiction, poetry, screenplays, or something else?
Writers: Join us for our 2-hour sessions to:

  • meet other writers
  • have time to write
  • reflect on the writing life

Open to all aged 18+ — though we’ll focus on the writing lives of LGBTQ+ people

Saturdays, 10 am to Noon:

  • Nov 18
  • Dec 16

No pre-registration.
We’ll see you there! Bring a laptop &/or paper & pen.

LGBTQ Periodicals Available at the Library

Gay & Lesbian Review Worldwide
Lesbian Connection
Sinister Wisdom
The Advocate

BranchOUT - Scholarships
ReadOut - Literature
ShoutOut Newsletter
SpeakOut - Dialogues
ArtOut - Exhibition