Gulfport Public Library, LGBTQ Resource Center celebrate Pride, national honor

By : Ryan Williams-Jent
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GULFPORT, Fla. | The Gulfport Public Library has received the nation’s highest honor given to libraries and museums ahead of the LGBTQ Resource Center’s month of Pride programming.

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) announced Gulfport Public Library as one of 10 recipients of the 2019 National Medal for Museum and Library Service May 7. The winners were chosen from 30 nationwide finalists for addressing unique issues and challenges confronting communities through their services. Programming provided by the LGBTQ Resource Center, housed in the library and established as an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit in April, was singled out for recognition.

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Tampa Bay’s Overheard: Amy Foster wins, Nadine Smith inspires and Scott & Patti entertain

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FOSTER CARES

Running unopposed, it wasn’t any surprise that Amy Foster was elected as the District 8 council member in St. Petersburg. Foster filed her paperwork to run on May 24, after social worker Tharius Bethel challenged her. However, after only one day, Bethel was forced to drop out of the race after informing the City Clerk’s office he did not live in District 8. Bethel originally listed his address as 4316 78th St. N, and in a withdrawal letter wrote he fell outside the required residence for District 8 and was “sorry for the inconvenience.”

Foster’s win is added to a long list of achievements. She served as the National Collaborative Network Manager for the EdLab Group’s National Girls Collaborative Project, focused on gender equity, science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. She was also the former Vice President for St. Pete Pride. Congratulations Amy!

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Suncoast AIDS Theatre Project and American Stage bring you ‘The Golden Gurlz Live’

By : Jeremy Williams
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Every year the folks down with the Suncoast AIDS Theatre Project put on a “Prelude to Pride” show with the help of the American Stage Theatre Company. This consists of doing a big send up or parody of a Hollywood classic. They have done hits like Gone with the Wind, Wizard of Oz and All About Eve.

“This year we were planning to do a spoof on Mommie Dearest,” says local performer Matthew McGee. “But we kept coming back to The Golden Girls, because even though it is an ’80s sitcom, it is so beloved by a young audience now as well as those of us who grew up with the show. It’s got this huge generational appeal.”

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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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Five favorite performers kick off Sarasota Pride 2013 with a Showgirl Reunion

By : Michelle Rinaca
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Sarasota Pride returns to J.D. Hamel Park in downtown Sarasota on Oct. 19.

To help build excitement, organizers are throwing a “Prelude to Pride” event on Sept. 30 at the Unitarian Universalist Church on Fruitville Rd. Showgirl Reunion is an original comedy featuring five of the area’s most popular entertainers: Matthew McGee, Scott Daniel, Beneva Fruitville, Lindsay Carlton and special guest Joey Panek. It’s a combination of McGee and Daniel’s Scott & Patti Show, but incorporating the stars of Sarasota’s Drag Queen Bingo Bonanza.

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Sexuality, choices and youth culture in freeFall Theatre’s Spring Awakening

By : Steve Blanchard
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Since it debuted on Broadway in 2007, Spring Awakening enjoyed a bevy of Tony Awards, a successful Broadway-style tour that continues today and huge record sales of its rock-infused soundtrack.

It has also gained traction among local theaters and this July, freeFall Theatre will take on the now famous production and restage it for its intimate space on Central Avenue.

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