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OUT Arts & Culture educates, celebrates and inspires all who value deeper understanding of the contributions and needs of people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and/or queer. We do this through inclusive onsite and online programs that reflect art, literature and dialogue on LGBTQ+ themes. We support leadership development with scholarships for LGBTQ students in Pinellas County.
Art Out Exhibition


Seven years ago, ArtOut began as a small exhibit for local artists in June at the Gulfport Public Library. In 2022, it grew into an international juried exhibition, featuring 53 works by 35 artists from 8 countries in an on-site and virtual display. The five winners of the 2023 exhibit were displayed June 1 – 30 at the James Museum, as well as at the Gulfport Library and online LGBTQ Resource Center | Artout | Gulfport (artoutfestival.wixsite.com). The 2024 theme for ArtOUT is Art and Soul. Watch this space for the Call for Submissions.

Read Out Literature


Each February since 2018, ReadOut has showcased authors and publishers, as well as providing skill-building workshops and community events, for all lovers LGBTQ literature. In 2020, ReadOut was the last on-site event held at the Gulfport Library, with 23 authors and 145 attendees at a sold-out festival. COVID required creating a never-before-attempted virtual event for 2021. More than 950 registrants from 22 countries proved the need for community is not bound by geography. ReadOUT 2024 was a hybrid event, combining accessibility with 300 literature lovers onsite and many more online.

Branch Out _ Scholarships


In 2020, the Resource Center established an annual scholarship program to support the continuing education of an LGBTQ student who “lives, works or goes to school” in Pinellas County. In 2022, BranchOut was expanded to three scholarships of $2,000 each, recognizing the different needs of an Emerging Scholar, a Continuing Scholar and a Returning Scholar. The Raymond James Pride Inclusion Network sponsors these scholarships as part of its partnership with the Resource Center. BranchOUT scholarships will be awarded again in October 2024. Watch this space for the Call for Applications. (lgbtqbranchout.com).



In March 2022, Florida Humanities awarded a $10,000 grant to the Resource Center for a new series of hybrid dialogues on Intersections of LGBTQ Identity and Aging, Art, Law, Literature and Faith. SpeakOUT will occur again in June, September, November 2024 and January 2024 with dialogues on LGBTQ intersections in art, media and law/literature. A capstone session will be held in January 2025. Watch this space for details and registration information.

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About Us

Our work has been recognized by the American Library Association, Florida Humanities, and the Institute for Museum and Library Service. Membership is open to all. You may learn more at: https://mygulfport.us/lgbtq-resources/

The OUT Arts & Culture is a 501(c)3; our mailing address is 5317 Gulfport Blvd. S, Gulfport, FL 33707

To contact the OUT Arts & Culture, please email us at outartsculture@gmail.com.