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.
Come Be Part of History!
The LGBTQ Resource Center of the Gulfport Public Library is embarking on a project to produce a book entitled “Coming Out in Gulfport…Our Stories.” We are currently seeking local residents who would be willing to share their coming out story on audio tape that we could then transcribe into a publication for our collection.
Interviews will be scheduled on or around October 11, which is National Coming Out Day. Interviews will be conducted at the Gulfport Public Library on October 10,11 and 12 and should take no longer than a half hour.
Call to Authors for Submissions: ReadOut 2020
Gulfport, Florida January 31 – February 2, 2020
Call to Authors for Submissions
Be a part of ReadOut 2020: Because Our Stories Matter
Do you write books for a lesbian audience? If so, we invite you join us for the 2020 Gulfport ReadOut: A Festival of Lesbian Literature. This premier lesbian literary event, now in its third consecutive year, features 3 days of events for writers and readers. Acclaimed novelist Sheree L. Greer (pictured right), whose most recent work, Bars, was nominated for a Pushcart Prize, will be the 2020 keynote speaker and workshop leader. The theme for this year’s event is “Why Our Stories Matter.”
Authors said this about previous ReadOuts:
“I thought the weekend was fabulous and I can’t think of anything I would change. Truly. It felt full but not overwhelming, and I enjoyed all the events that I attended. Thanks again for bringing me to your community! — Lesléa Newman
I loved the friendliness, informality, and the genuine interest of the attendees. The events were well attended, which is a huge plus for visiting authors.” — RJ Samuel
“It was great to hang out with so many accomplished authors and passionate readers!” — Elizabeth Sims
If you’ve never been to Gulfport on Tampa Bay, what are you waiting for? We are a richly diverse community with a robust lesbian presence. At Readout, authors share their works with an audience of readers who love to buy books. In addition to the keynote, workshop, social events and book sales opportunities, Saturday night will feature entertainment at Gulfport’s Hickman Theatre by Nia and Ness, a dancer-poet performance art duo based in Brooklyn, NY.
IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO BE A FEATURE AUTHOR…
If you would like to be a featured author and read from your work during ReadOut, please click here to download and complete an application. Friday afternoon readings will be dedicated to Romance and Erotica; Saturday morning and afternoon will feature a mix of Fiction, Non-fiction and Poetry. Please note: there are a limited number of author slots available, so be sure to follow all instructions and submit your best work! Last year we could not accommodate everyone, and this year promises to be an even bigger pool of applicants. Even if you’re not selected as a featured author, you’re still welcome at all events and to have a vendor table. An application for vendors will be available at a later date.
Tentative ReadOut Schedule:
|3:00-5:00||Afternoon tea with Romance and Erotica authors reading from their work|
|7:00-8:30||Wine and Cheese Meet and Greet with Keynote Speaker, Featured Authors and Entertainers|
|10:00-5:00||Author Vendor room open all day|
|10:30-11:15||Sheree L. Greer, Keynote Speaker: “Why Our Stories Matter”|
|11:30-12:15||Author ReadOut, Panel 1: authors read from their books|
|1:30-4:00||Author ReadOut: Panels 2 & 3: authors read from their books|
|9:00-12:00||Breakfast and workshop with Sheree L. Greer “You Are the Protagonist: Using Your Experiences to Create Compelling Fiction and Non-Fiction”|
|1:00-3:00||Panel Discussion topic TBD with Audience Participation|
All applications must be received by September 30th. We will notify you of acceptance no later than November 15th. Find the application online at https://mygulfport.us/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/Author-Submission-Form-2020.pdf. For more information, email us at: GulfportReadOut@gmail.com.
The LGBTQ Resource Center is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization within the Gulfport Library that is dedicated to fostering knowledge about and support for the rich diversity of LGBTQ lives through a wide-ranging collection of materials, programs and events. Find out more about the Resource Center on the web at www.mygulfport.us/lgbtq-resources or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/GulfportLibraryFL.
LGBTQ Film Series
LGBTQ Film Series
Contact: Gulfport Public Library; (727) 893-1074
“SIGNATURE MOVE” NEXT IN LGBTQ FILM SERIES
The LGBTQ Resource Center at Gulfport Public Library is proud to continue its monthly LGBTQ Film Series on Thursday, November 14 with SIGNATURE MOVE. 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 SIGNATURE MOVE (2018): A film fest favorite, this indie comedy/romance/drama tells the story of Zaynab, a Pakistani Muslim lesbian who cares for her TV-obsessed mother, who is also determined to find a husband for her daughter. After Zaynab meets and falls for a bold, spirited Mexican woman, she discovers herself more fully as she immerses herself in the sport of lucha libre, Mexican-style wrestling. “Unsentimental sweetness and pluck.” (Los Angeles Times) (Not Rated)
Save the date for our next film, Thursday December 12: PRIDE (2014). Inspired by a true story. In 1984’s Thatcher-ruled Britain, a strike by the National Union of Mineworkers prompts a group of LGBT activists to raise money for the families of striking workers. Initially rebuffed by the Union, the LGBT group targets a small village in Wales where they decide to try and offer their donation in person. The strike drags on and the two groups find that standing together forms the strongest of all unions. “A joyous crowd-pleaser that genuinely works.” (Rotten Tomatoes). (Rated R)
Also save the dates for these upcoming films in the series: January 9, THE MOST DANGEROUS YEAR; February 13, RAFIKI; and March 12, LOVE, SIMON. Watch for 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 mygulfport.us/g/ 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