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4/16/2018 St. Pete News

Lesbian Equality Pioneers Featured in LGBTQ Film Series

April 16, 2018: For Immediate Release

Lesbian Equality Pioneers Featured in LGBTQ Film Series

Contact: Gulfport Public Library; (727) 893-1074

GULFPORT, FLORIDA: The LGBTQ Resource Center at Gulfport Public Library is proud to continue its monthly LGBTQ Film Series on Thursday, May10th with a documentary on the lives of two of the most seminal figures in the lesbian equality movement. The Film Series is a free gathering to watch a film in the company of friends and neighbors on the second Thursday of each month.

Each film begins at 7pm in the Friends Room at Gulfport Public Library (5501 28th Avenue South). Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Licensing restrictions prohibit explicitly naming the titles of films in general press releases. But feel free to call the Library at (727) 893-1074 for the film title and other information about the film series. Or find titles and more information online:

About the May 10 film: This compelling 2003 documentary chronicles six decades in the lives of two women known as the founders of the modern lesbian civil rights movement, tracing the emergence of lesbians from the fear of discovery to the expectation of equality. With incisive interviews, rare archival images and warmhearted humor, the film reveals their inspiring public work, as well as their charming private relationship. When they courageously launched the Daughters of Bilitis in 1955, it became the first public organization for lesbians in America. (Not rated)

Save the date, Thursday June 14th, for the next film in the series. While the LGBTQ community began to experience greater visibility in the wake of 1969’s Stonewall riots, generations had quietly lived their lives before, out of the public eye. This 2015 film by documentary filmmaker Stu Maddux reveals this hidden history by unearthing a treasure trove of rare home movies made by gay people – some dating back to the 1930s – that have long languished in the backs of people’s closets. Projecting the viewer back in time, these private moments open a fascinating window into the surprising vibrancy of unheralded LGBT lives. (Not rated)

As part of our LGBTQ Pride Month celebration, our film in June will feature a guest speaker from the Tampa Bay International Gay and International Film Festival (TIGLFF) who will briefly talk about TIGLFF and introduce the film.

Watch for announcements of other films as they are added to the series on the second Thursday of each month.

The LGBTQ Resource Center is a project of the non-profit Circle of Friends of the Gulfport Public Library. The Resource Center provides collections, services and events throughout the year to the local LGBTQ community, its friends and family. Find out more about the Resource Center, the Circle of Friends and the Library on the web at or on Facebook at