Celebrate Pride at the Gulfport Public Library

| May 16, 2017

Throughout June, LGBTQ Pride Month will be celebrated by a full slate of programs sponsored by the LGBTQ Resource Center of the Gulfport Public Library.  All programs are open to the public and take place at the Gulfport Public Library, 5501 28th Avenue South, unless otherwise noted. Most events are free.

Thursday, June 1st, 7pm: Opening Reception for “ArtOut: LGBTQ Artists in Gulfport.”  A group art exhibit in place from June 1st through June 30th will feature the work of 13 visual artists living and/or working in Gulfport.  An opening reception will be held at the Library.  Complimentary beverages and hors d’oeuvres will be offered.  “ArtOut” will include selected art by Diane Bains, Jackie Ballard, Jill Barber, Elissa Cardamone, Michael Chapman, Eagle Finegan, Cheryll Grogan, Jeanne Heywood, Carole Lore, Brenda McMahon, Hugo Porcaro, John Shevlin and Mel Zodda.  Media represented in the exhibit will include acrylics, oils, watercolors, stained glass, blown glass, ceramics, photography, mixed media and more.  FREE.

Thursday, June 8th, 7pm: LGBTQ Film Series: LIANNA.  Linda Griffiths stars in a classic 1983 film in the lesbian genre as a wife and mother whose life evolves after an affair with a female college professor.  John Sayles directed the film which was considered groundbreaking for the era in which it was released.  Rated R.  The film this evening will feature remarks and an introduction by Gulfport writer and self-described “armchair film historian” Rob McCabe.  The ongoing series features a free screening of LGBTQ-related films, from classics to recent releases, on the second Thursday of each month.  FREE.

Monday, June 12th, 7pm: Special appearance by Nadine Smith.  A particularly engaging speaker, Smith will speak on the topic of “LGBT Equality: the Path Forward.”  She will also take questions from audience members.  Smith is the co-founder and CEO of Equality Florida, the state’s largest organization dedicated to ending discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.  She is a highly visible and recognized LGBTQ activist on a national scale.  FREE.

Thursday, June 22nd, 12 noon: “Out of the Shadows: LGBTQ Homeless Youth Project.”  This “lunch and learn” program will feature video footage of theatrical performances depicting the challenges facing the alarming number of LGBTQ youth displaced from their homes in Pinellas County.  Members of the LGBTQ Homeless Youth Project will be on hand to speak and take questions.  FREE.

Thursday, June 29th, 7pm: “Keith Haring: Radiant Child.”  A special performance of the original one-man show depicting the life and work of famed gay artist Keith Haring.  “Radiant Child” is performed by Chad Jacobs, directed by Christopher Rutherford and written by Jeff Norton.  A bonus will be Jacobs creating some of Haring’s iconic artwork live throughout the performance.  Tickets are on sale at the Gulfport Public Library, Gulfport Casino and Gulfport Beach Bazaar.  General admission tickets are $20 each, with general admission doors open at 6:30 p.m.  Special Early Access tickets are $25 each and include early admission to the theater at 6 p.m., with an hors d’oeuvre reception and preferred seating.  A cash bar will be available to all offering premium wines, beer and other beverages.  Note: This event will be held at the Catherine Hickman Theater, 5501 27th Avenue South in Gulfport.

The LGBTQ Resource Center is a project of the non-profit Circle of Friends of the Gulfport Public Library.  The Center is the first of its kind in a public library setting in Florida and was established in 2015.  For more information about Pride Month programs or the Resource Center, contact the Library at (727) 893-1074 and visit the Library’s Facebook page: Facebook.com/GulfportLibraryFL.

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