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 began as the only center of its kind in a public library in Florida, growing from 250 books in 2015 to more than 10,000 books, CDs, DVDs and online materials that the Gulfport Library owns and provides today. Programming developed by volunteers from the LGBTQ Resource Center board grew alongside the collection, including:
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. They will be awarded for the first time during LGBTQ History Month (October) in 2023. (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. The January 2023 Capstone session highlighted themes of growing inclusion as well as present-day challenges and the need for continuing dialogues.
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 LGBTQ Resource Center is a 501(c)3; our mailing address is 5501 28th Avenue S., Gulfport, FL 33707
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