ShoutOut Spring 2022

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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 education, 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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Phone: (727) 893-1074

Gulfport Public Library
5501 28th Ave, South, Gulfport, FL 33707

Free Movies Return – June 9

One of the things Your Resource Center has missed most during COVID is getting together with you each month to screen some interesting and entertaining LGBTQ-themed movies.  We strive to cover all aspects of our community and blend a mix of classic favorites with newer (sometimes avant garde) offerings.  Best yet it’s all free including popcorn, candy, sodas and water!

We return to our series with a real classic at 7 pm Thursday, April 9, in the Friends Room of the Gulfport Public Library:

Paris Is Burning is a 1990 American documentary film directed by Jennie Livingston. Filmed in the mid-to-late 1980s, it chronicles the Ball culture of New York City and the African-AmericanLatinogay, and transgender communities involved in it. Critics consider the film to be an invaluable documentary of the end of the “Golden Age” of New York City drag balls, and a thoughtful exploration of race, class, gender, and sexuality in America.[4][5]

In 2016, the film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant”.

The title takes its name from the Paris Is Burning Ball held annually by artist Paris Dupree who appears in the film.


Featured at the Library


All of You Every Single One By Beatrice Hitchman
Fiona and Jane By Jean Chen Ho
To Paradise By Hanya Yanagihara
A Previous Life By Edmund White
The Romantic Agenda By Claire Kann
Spear By Nicola Griffith
Say Say Say: A novel By Lila Savage
The Memory Librarian: And Other Stories of
Dirty Computer By Janelle Monae
Fine: A Comic About Gender By Rhea Ewing
I Am The Ghost In Your House By Romasco-Moore


Lost & Found: A Memoir By Kathryn Schulz
Sticker By Henry Hoke
And the Category Is…: Inside New York’s Vogue, House, and Ballroom Community By Ricky Tucker
Content Warning: Everything By Akwaeke Emezi
Time is a Mother By Ocean Vuong
Deaf Utopia: A Memoir-And A Love Letter To A Way Of Life By Robert Siebert
Burning Butch By R/B Mertz
You Know, Sex: Bodies, Gender, Puberty, And Other Things By Cory Silverberg & Fiona Smyth


Pray Away
Mayor Pete
My Policeman
Alice Junior

Pride in Gulfport 2022

April 21: SpeakOut – A new speaker series for 2022. Live at the library and on Zoom.

Dixon Osborn, 7 pm Intersection of LGBTQ Issues and the Law: Don’t Ask Don’t Tell

April 29:   ROYGBIV Run/Walk/Move.

May 5: SpeakOut with Brian McNaught and Milton Wendland on the Intersection of LGBTQ Identity and Aging; Speakers on Zoom only

June 1: Pride flag raising at the library at 6 p.m.

June 1 – 30: ArtOut: Queering the Pandemic exhibition at the library and online.

June 4:

  • June Pride Street Fair benefitting the LGBTQ Resource Center – booths from the Casino to Library on Beach Blvd. – 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Booth application: JUNE 4, 2022 – GULFPORT PRIDE ~ 2nd ANNUAL (
  • 2nd Annual Friends of Dorothy Parade – meet at library at 3 p.m.; parade steps off at 3:30 p.m.
  • ArtOut reception and SpeakOut with Saudade Toxosi and Steve Glassman on the Intersection of LGBTQ Identity and Art – Reception at 5 p.m., Program at 6 p.m. Live at the library and on Zoom

Donations Boost Resource Center’s Bottom Line

Your Resource Center has been grateful to many groups and organizations who have recently donated both time and money to our bottom line. Donations have come from civic events (SIK Promotions donated money from the Pride Artwalk), from the corporate world (Raymond James is a wonderful supporter with both money and volunteers) and even a thousand-dollar check from Different Church, a welcoming and inclusive faith-based organization.

Our award-winning reputation and strong support from the Gulfport Library, your city council and YOU continue to capture the attention of donors. Our long-range plans include some truly community-altering initiatives. We’ll keep you posted!

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

3rd Annual ROYGBIWalk/Run/Move

April 29, 2022

Register online

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Sally Otto, Susan Gore and Greg Stemm at the Manatee Pride Event

Above: Board members Sally Otto, Susan Gore and Greg Stemm among many other volunteers at our exhibit booth at Manatee Pride recently.

Susan, Cailey and Greg

Above: Board president Susan Gore (left) and board member Greg Stemm (right) surround library staff member Cailey Klasson as leaves us for family up north. The Resource Center will miss her greatly.  Best of luck from your Gulfport family.

President’s Message: ShoutOut Spring Issue, April 2022 – – What Do You See?

I did not plan to write about the March 27 Oscars broadcast – despite the expectation that fabulous gowns and star sightings would bring a welcome respite from the war in Ukraine and the latest COVID variant. But then there was the slap heard around the world. OMG, to put it mildly. As a result, Will Smith’s 2022 Best Actor Academy Award will always be the “asterisk Oscar” for me. Smith wasn’t convicted of doping or steroid use like Lance Armstrong or Barry Bonds, but the example he set for young viewers (including his children) and the precedent of attacking someone on-stage then unleashing a 15-second string of expletives will not fade easily. Karem Abdul-Jabbar has written a thoughtful analysis of Smith’s impact on stereotypes about black men, as well.

There was another noteworthy Oscars moment, when Lady Gaga walked onto the stage alongside Liza Minnelli, who was in a wheelchair, to present the evening’s final award, for Best Picture. Liza (With a “Z”) beamed at Gaga’s introduction of her and the ovation that followed. She lost track of what she was supposed to say, though, so Gaga stepped in. Still seeming confused, Minnelli looked up to Gaga, who leaned down and whispered “I’ve got you,” unaware her words were being picked up by a nearby mic. Minnelli grasped Gaga’s arm and responded, “I know. Thank you.”

THAT is the Oscars moment I shared on my Facebook page the next day. It flowed easily from my belief that what we choose to focus on – the positive or the negative elements of a situation – largely determines how we experience an event…or a person…or our lives.

Speaking of Lady Gaga, who else remembers the “meat dress” she wore to the 2010 MTV Video Awards? Do you also remember why she wore it? To quote her from a 2021 British Vogue interview: “At the time, they were trying to repeal Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. We decided to do the meat dress because I thought to myself if we were willing to die for our country, what does it matter how you identify?”

Lady Gaga’s statement is a perfect segue to BIG NEWS from the Resource Center and library. Florida Humanities has awarded a $10,000 grant to the Gulfport Library for a 6-segment series on the Intersection of LGBTQ Identity and Aging, Art, Faith, Law and Literature. The Resource Center is organizing the speakers and, like ArtOut, ReadOut and this ShoutOut, the series is called SpeakOut.

PUT THURSDAY, APRIL 21 at 7 p.m. in your calendar now! Dixon Osburn, a co-founder and Executive Director of Servicemembers Legal Defense Network from 1993-2012 will kick-start the free interactive series, live in the library and virtually on Zoom.

Registration is requested but not required to participate via Zoom; go to SpeakOut: The Intersection of LGBTQ Identity and Law Tickets, Thu, Apr 21, 2022 at 7:00 PM | Eventbrite. These programs are free, although donations are gratefully accepted.

Thursday, May 5 is the next date to save for SPEAKOUT. May is Aging Americans Month, and Brian McNaught and Dr. Milton Wendland will bring their many years of experience as LGBTQ educators to a Zoom-only event, the Intersection of LGBTQ Identity and Aging. Brian’s latest book is On Being Gay and Gray: Our Stories, Gifts, and the Meaning of Our Lives. Milton is a professor of Women’s and Gender Studies at USF who focuses on LGBTQ topics. Register through Eventbrite for this exciting program: SpeakOut: The Intersection of LGBTQ Identity and Aging Tickets, Thu, May 5, 2022 at 7:00 PM | Eventbrite

Saturday, June 4 is a triple treat, with Gulfport’s 2nd Pride Parade and Street Fair followed by the third SpeakOut session: The intersection of LGBTQ Identity and Art plus a reception for the 5th annual ArtOut exhibition at the Gulfport Library!

Read more in this issue of ShoutOut about all of these and other activities the Resource Center is doing to serve the LGBTQ community in Gulfport and now virtually around the world.

Wishing you a healthy and happy season, springing into summer and June Pride!
Susan Gore
Board President
LGBTQ Resource Center

Florida Humanities Awards Grant to Support SpeakOut through Gulfport Public Library – LGBTQ Resource Center

Series explores intersections between LGBTQ Identity and Aging, Art, Faith, Law and Literature

Florida Humanities, the statewide, nonprofit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), has once again recognized the work of the Gulfport Public Library and LGBTQ Resource Center with a 2022-23 Community Project Grant for $10,000. SpeakOut is a series of dialogues by authors and humanities scholars who will examine intersections between LGBTQ Identity and Aging, Art, Faith, Law and Literature. The goal is to expand awareness and dialogue about the experiences, contributions and needs of people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and/or queer.

“The Gulfport Library appreciates Florida Humanities’ support with this grant to support speakers through the LGBTQ Resource Center,” said Library Director Dave Mather. Board President Susan Gore added, “Creating community dialogue is critical to the Resource Center’s mission of promoting awareness of the diversity of experiences, contributions and needs of people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and/or queer.”

Speakers and dates include:

  • Dixon Osburn – co-founder of the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network and author of Mission Possible: The Story of Repealing Don’t Ask Don’t Tell. April 21 Live and Zoom – 7 p.m.
  • Brian McNaught and Dr. Milton Wendland – implications for LGBTQ Baby Boomers to be aging, often without family or social supports, in a culture that celebrates youth. May 5 Zoom only – 7 p.m.
  • Saudade Toxosi and Steve Glassman – beyond “creative” stereotypes, the challenges and contributions of LGBTQ artists. June 4 Live and Zoom – 5 p.m. reception; 6 p.m. program
  • Dr. Stephanie Burt and Professor Kristen AdamsFor All the Mutants (2022 chapbook) and how poetry explains law through an LGBTQ lens. October 13 Live and Zoom – 7 p.m.
  • Rev. Liz Edman and Dr. Susan Gore – authors of Queer Virtue and Coming Out in Faith, respectively, on faith and LGBTQ identity. December 8 Live and Zoom – 7 p.m.
  • Dr. Lillian Dunlap and Leigh Davis – weaving the threads connecting LGBTQ identity and aging, art, faith, law and literature across SpeakOut discussions. January 12, 2023 Live and Zoom – 7 p.m.
Partial funding for this program was provided through a grant from Florida Humanities with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of Florida Humanities or the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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The Intersection of LGBTQ Identity and Law

April 21, 7 – 8:30 p.m

LIVE at the Library and on Zoom

Book Cover - Mission Possible

The Pentagon discharged 2-4 Americans every day for being gay under “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” What did that law, and policies like it dating to World War II, say about the relationship of LGBTQ Americans to civic life, citizenship, the constitution, and family? How did the struggles for racial and gender integration in the Armed Forces inform DADT and its ultimate repeal in 2010? How did the cultural narrative have to shift to make DADT repeal possible? What can DADT repeal tell us about struggles for inclusion, equality and humanity today?

C. Dixon Osburn will explore these topics in our inaugural SpeakOut address. He led the campaign to repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” as co-founder of Service members Legal Defense Network. His book, Mission Possible, recounts the individual, social and financial cost of a policy at the intersection of law and LGBTQ identity. Kirkus Reviews calls the book “A well-crafted work on a watershed moment in American culture….” Dixon also has been Director of Law & Security at Human Rights First, Executive Director at the Center for Justice and Accountability and a Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School Carr Center. He holds a JD/MBA from Georgetown University.

Partial funding for this program was provided through a grant from Florida Humanities with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of Florida Humanities or the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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Meet Board Secretary Sally Otto

In her own words…

I was born and grew up in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

My father worked for the transportation company and my mother was a housewife.
I have one sister who lives in Dunedin.

I have a BA in Psychology, an MEd in Education.

I am a widow and have two children, a son and a daughter who live in the Philadelphia area.
I also have a daughter-in-law and three grandchildren.

I have close to thirty years in education.
I am also a trained conflict resolution specialist and a mediator, training both educators and children in conflict resolution.

Spent most of my working years teaching younger children but also for several years ran a school wide program to help individual children with needs to do their best in the regular classroom.

I have always believed in equality for all, tolerance for differences, and always worked in schools with multiple ethnicities and socio economic levels.

The issues experienced today by many of our children were present during those work years but a less spoken about but just as real.

I am committed to accepting each person as he/she is and try to appreciate all for their talents.

I came to Fl as a retiree, bought a house in Dunedin and became a snowbird for nine years and now am a permanent resident for the last four years.

I love the warmth of the sun, the spray of the sea, and the calm that each day offers.

I am an avid reader and traveler. I have been to every continent with the exception of Antarctic which I will not visit for ecological concerns.

ReadOut, a Festival of Lesbian Literature Attracts Over 1000 from 23 Different Countries

ReadOut is an inclusive event by, for, and about lesbians.

This year, ReadOut was in its fifth year and its second year for presenting virtually. The theme was ”Lesbian Voices, Stronger Together.”

Authors presented twenty-two and a half hours of programming on Zoom in two- and-one-half days. Pre-registration was through Eventbrite and all events were free. There was a donation button available and, as of today, we should receive approximately $2,000.00.

We reached more than 1,000 logins from twenty-three counties.

There were 49 author Pearls presented in 7 strings. A Pearl is prerecorded, an author reading from their work. A string of Pearls is putting several authors’ videos of the same genre together for presentation.

This year’s genres included: romance, fiction, non-fiction, anthology, humor, science fiction, speculative fiction, fantasy, historical fiction, poetry, memoir, and documentary film.

Some authors are established writers, some are emerging writers. We are especially proud of the diversity of our program presenters this year where across all sessions 30% were BIPOC (Black Indigenous People Of Color.)

Pods are live interactive author discussions and workshops. This year there were 14 pods ranging from 30 to 90 minutes each, presented by 35 different authors.

There were discussions of diversity, writing about people not like you, suspense, international writing partnership, rural spaces and queer women, editors and authors staying friends, intersecting communities and identities, writers’ groups, podcast reviews of lesbian books, and many genres such as romance, humor and speculative fiction by and about people of color.

We solicited sponsorship in three different ways:

Supporter: We offered a free sponsorship, using the sponsor’s logo on ReadOut promotions, including our website, Instagram, Facebook and the festival’s program in exchange for distributing the ReadOut 2022 announcement at least once to their mailing list. We had 24 sponsors.

Honor Roll: For a donation of $50.00, your name would appear on our Honor Roll on our website and will be published in the spring issue of ShoutOut, the Resource Center newsletter. We had 5 Honor Roll donations.

Patron: For a donation of $100.00 or more, your name would appear on our Honor Roll, will be published in the spring ShoutOut and your logo and/or name would appear on our five-minute intervals between programming and during lunch. This gave patrons approximately 160 minutes of advertising. We had 13 Patrons.

All of ReadOut would not have been possible without the tech support of the Gulfport Library and Sarah Junke, the Resource Center’s web/social media whiz. A special thank you to the library’s Dave Mathers, Diana Silveira and Ashley Johnson who staffed Zoom before and during the festival.

Also, a big thank you to the ReadOut committee: (in alphabetic order) Kelsey Dye, Susan Gore, Sally Otto, Beth Settle, and Barb Talkov.