The Mother of Necessity: as more people turn to streaming movies online, what’s the answer to saving film festivals?

By : Jeremy Williams
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Reinvention can sometimes be seen as an ugly word, especially when it is applied to something that has a rich history full of tradition, but in the world of cinema, reinvention is the very thing that breathes life and keeps film fresh and relevant.  After 25 years of following the same formula, the TampaBay International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, or TIGLFF, is at a point where they are reinventing the way they present the festival to the community.

For the first time in TIGLFF’s 26 year history, the festival will not center around the well-known Tampa Theatre. In May 2015, TIGLFF announced that they would be moving the main events – the opening, closing and several high profile films – to The Palladium Theater in St. Petersburg.

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Gulfport Library prepares for renovated LGBTQ Resource Center

By : Greg Stemm
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GULFPORT, Fla. – On Thursday May 14 the Gulfport Library hosted a program entitled “Sunshine and Rainbows” focusing on issues of LGBTQ law with a special emphasis on legal issues surrounding marriage. The program is part of a series of events hosted by the library as it prepares to reopen after weeks of renovation. A main reason for the work was to make room for over a thousand new pieces of fiction and nonfiction work in the facility’s new LGBTQ Resource Center.

“It is the only center of its kind at a public library in the state of Florida and we’re pretty proud of that” said Dave Mather, director of the library. “We’ve had great support putting this collection together. Given the makeup of our community with such a strong LGBTQ presence it only seemed appropriate that we should house such a great collection.” About a third of Gulfport’s 13,000 residents identify as being LGBTQ. Mather pointed out that the library tries to be responsive to the other needs of the Gulfport community as well. He notes the facility has a larger than usual collection of art literature serving the strong artisan presence in Gulfport.

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New Year’s Butch: Butchlesque brings in 2014 with Gulfport show

By : Greg Stemm
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Gulfport – Every year we face the same challenge: How do we say goodbye to the old year and welcome in the new in a different and unique way. For those in Tampa Bay and Sarasota, there’s a new option that also helps support the LGBT community.

“Butchlesque” is a showcase of participants displaying their individual perceptions of the “butch identity.”  Through these interpretations, those participants open the door to possibilities that does not require renouncing one’s self in order to feel desirable and accepted.  As the women display their personal choices of attire and swagger, they reflect the spirit that has moved them to step out of expected roles and into their authentic lives.

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