Pride Month Will Conclude in Gulfport Thursday, June 29th with Two Special Events

| June 13, 2017

Pride month will conclude in Gulfport on Thursday evening, June 29, with two special events supporting two of our community’s most important non-profit groups – the Gulfport Library’s LGBTQ Resource Center and the Sonia Plotnick Health Fund.

Thursday, June 22 @ noon: Leading up to these events, the Resource Center  hosts a “lunch and learn” program at the Library on Thursday, June 22nd, 12 noon: “Out of the Shadows: LGBTQ Homeless Youth Project.”  This 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. Attendees are invited to bring their own brown bag lunch.

Saturday, June 24: On Saturday, June 24, the City of Gulfport Special Events Trolley will be participating in St. Pete Pride Parade. The 15th  St Pete Pride Parade promises to continue to show all the beautiful colors of the diverse St Petersburg area community, and will be a fabulous opportunity for unbridled self-expression and love. St Pete Pride estimates there will be “5,000 people swishing and sauntering along Downtown St Pete’s Bayshore Dr in a dazzling array of sequins, beads, leathers and feathers to celebrate the power and beauty of diversity, with more than 200,000 people cheering them on.” For more information on the St. Pete Pride Parade, please visit,https://www.stpetepride.com/en/events/2017-parade or
call (727) 893-1066 for questions on participation.

SPHF Fundraiser: On June 29, from 6-9 pm, there will be a silent auction of one-of-a-kind local art and gift basket raffle at Domain Home Accessories & Gallery to benefit the Tampa Bay  Area’s Sonia Plotnick Health Fund (SPHF). The Gulfport Public Library’s LGBTQ Resource Center presents a one-man show, “Keith Haring: Radiant Child,” at the Catherine Hickman Theater, just a few blocks away, with a 7:30 pm curtain.

Admission to the silent auction is free and refreshments will be served. “The fund is such a great organization that helps so many people,” said Jackie Ades, owner of Domain. “The store will donate 100 percent of the proceeds from the silent auction and raffle to the fund.” Domain Home Accessories & Gallery is located at 3129 Beach Boulevard S. For more information about the silent-auction fundraiser, contact Ades at Domain by calling 727-302-9299 or sending an email to: domainhomegulfport@gmail.com. Store hours are Monday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and
Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The primary focus of the SPHF is to raise money for women who need financial assistance to pay for health care related expenses in five Florida counties: Pinellas, Hillsborough, Pasco, Manatee and Sarasota. Since 1997, the fund has helped women pay for mammograms, breast cancer treatment and other healthcare-related items not necessarily fully covered by their insurance. The fund became a registered Florida nonprofit under its current name on July 2, 2002. To learn more about the fund or if you need help paying for health care expenses, visit: http://soniaplotnickhealthfund.org.

LGBTQ Resource Center Presentation: Special early access admission to “Radiant Child” ($25) will give ticket-holders advance entry to the theater with preferred seating, and an opportunity to gather in the lobby for hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. General admission is $20 and the doors will open for general seating at 6:30 pm.

Actor Chad Jacobs portrays famed gay artist Keith Haring. A special twist will be Jacobs creating some of Haring’s iconic artwork live throughout the performance. With plenty of humor and with lots of heart, the play will inspire you to share your gifts wherever you can, whatever they may be.  The play is directed by Christopher Rutherford and was written by Jeff Norton.

The hour-long play will offer a taste of what shaped the history and style of Haring’s work, but playwright Jeff Norton delves even further, giving thoughtful insight into the motivations and the creative process of one of America’s most prolific and financially successful painters.

Tickets are $20 in advance per person for general admission (with doors opening at 7 p.m.).  A limited number of special Early Access tickets are available at $25 per person, including entry to the theater one hour early at 6 p.m., an hors d’oeuvre reception and preferred seating.  A cash bar offering premium wines, as well as beer and other beverages will be offered to all.  Tickets are available at the Gulfport Public Library (5501 28th Avenue South), Gulfport Casino (5500 Shore Boulevard), Gulfport Beach Bazaar (3115 Beach Boulevard South) and Metro LGBTQ Health and Community Center (3251 3rd Avenue North in St. Petersburg).  Early Access tickets are available exclusively at the Library.  Only cash or checks can be accepted for ticket purchases.  The show is presented by the Gulfport Public Library’s LGBTQ Resource Center.  A portion of event proceeds will benefit the Center, as well as HIV/AIDS programs at Metropolitan Charities of Pinella

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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