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Gulfport Library Announces New LGBTQ Book Club

Contact: Greg Stemm, 727-542-6958, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

GULFPORT, FLORIDA -- The LGBTQ Resource Center of the Gulfport Public Library announces the formation of a new LGBTQ book club. The first organizational meeting is scheduled for Monday February 5 at 6 p.m. at the Library (5501 28th Avenue South).

Those interested are encouraged to bring their favorite books with them and we will be discussing these as time allows. The meeting will also be an organizational one so that participants can chose what books they will read in the future. Plans call for the club to meet monthly on the first Monday.

“We are fortunate in Gulfport to have so many active readers and we hope that the book club will give an opportunity to share our reading experiences with each other,” said Greg Stemm, a member of the LGBTQ Resource Center committee and organizer. “In this setting we will be reading books with gay-related themes and/or written by LGBTQ authors. “It is Gulfport however,” he continued, “So any straight allies that would like to participate are certainly welcome.”

In the organizational meeting participants will be charged with putting together the structure of the club and how we handle selections. Some clubs all read the same book, while others pick a genre like mystery or science fiction and members all read different books in that genre. It is hoped that many of the selections chosen will be part of the ever-growing collection of materials dealing with LBGTQ issues that are part of the Resource Center. Organizers plan to have a list of possible selections from which participants can choose in addition to selections offered by the participants.

The LGBTQ Resource Center is a project of the non-profit Circle of Friends of the Gulfport 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 www.mygulfport.us/gpl or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/GulfportLibraryFL.

 
Cowboy Love Story Next 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, February 8th with a cowboy love story which has become a modern-day classic of LGBTQ stories on film. 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. Popcorn, candy, bottled water and soda are available. Donations will be accepted to benefit the LGBTQ Resource Center. Feel free to bring your own “brown bag” supper and beverages.

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 at the Library’s Facebook page: www.Facebook.com/GulfportLibraryFL.

About the February 8th film: Based on the short story by Annie Proulx, this 2005 film is a pioneering work of cinema for depicting the story of gay characters in a popular “mainstream” film. It stars Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal as a ranch hand and rodeo cowboy who meet in 1963 while driving cattle in the west. At a time and in a setting where love between men is scorned, they forge a complicated bond that lasts through the years. An Oscar winner for Best Director, and nominee for many other Oscars and awards. “The Best Movie of the Year.” Miami Herald (Rated R)

Save the date for the next film in the monthly series on Thursday, March 1st. From acclaimed South Korean director Chan-wook Park, set in 1930s era Japanese-occupied Korea, this 2016 film is part crime thriller, part erotic love story, in which a female pickpocket takes a job as handmaiden to the niece of a rich book collector. The handmaiden is drawn into a plot with an accomplice who wants to claim the niece’s fortune. Things become more complicated when the handmaiden begins to fall in love with the niece. The film, based on the popular British novel “Fingersmith” by Sarah Waters, has received accolades as a modern cinematic work of art. “Go see it. If you love cinema at all, go see it.” Detroit News (Not Rated – Adults Only)

NOTE: The film series ordinarily takes place on the second Thursday of each month, but for March only will take place March 1st due to an event scheduling conflict.

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 www.mygulfport.us/gpl or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/GulfportLibraryFL

 
Songs of Hope, Love and Courage Coming to Gulfport

Contact: Susan Gore; (214) 673-4673; This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

GULFPORT, FLORIDA: An evening of “Songs of Hope, Love and Courage” will be performed by the husband-and-husband team of Jon Arterton and James Mack at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, February 23 at Catherine Hickman Theater in Gulfport (5501 27th Avenue South).

Jon Arterton and James Mack have been singing together since they met in 1997. Jon founded St. Petersburg’s 130-member One City Chorus in 2016, inviting community members from all areas and walks of life to participate in singing together with no auditions. The Chorus, specializing in uplifting songs about peace, equality and social justice, has already performed to packed houses and been presented with a “Best of the Bay” award for “Best Voices Raised Together in Song” by Creative Loafing. Many years before starting One City Chorus, Jon earned a Master’s Degree from New England Conservatory of Music, appeared in a Broadway musical and founded the proudly gay a cappella group The Flirtations. James studied to become a Southern Baptist minister but, instead, turned his people skills toward managing an exclusive men’s clothing store in Manhattan and owning an eight-room guest house in Provincetown. Jon and James will be joined by guest pianist-extraordinaire John Thomas, with whom they’ve collaborated for 20 years.

Tickets will be available as of February 1st and are $20 (suggested donation for general admission) or $25 (suggested donation for early entry, a reception with hors d’oeuvre and preferred seating), available at the Gulfport Casino (5500 Shore Blvd.) and Gulfport Beach Bazaar (3115 Beach Blvd.). For more information about this performance, contact Susan Gore by email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

This show benefits the LGBTQ Resource Center of the Gulfport Library. The Resource Center provides collections, services and events throughout the year to the local LGBTQ community, its friends and family, and is a project of the non-profit Circle of Friends of the Gulfport Public Library. Find out more about the Resource Center, the Circle of Friends and the Library on the web at www.mygulfport.us/gpl or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/GulfportLibraryFL.

 
Award-winning Author to Lead Writer’s Workshop

Contact: Alison Solomon; (727) 492-0021; This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

GULFPORT, FLORIDA: Elizabeth Sims, Contributing Editor for Writer's Digest magazine and author of You’ve Got a Book in You: A Stress-Free Guide to Writing the Book of Your Dreams, will lead a "Fearless Writing" workshop on Sunday, February 18 from 9:30 – 11:00 a.m. at the Gulfport Public Library, 5501 28th Avenue South in Gulfport, Florida. Sims is also author of the Lambda Award-winning Lillian Byrd crime series and the Rita Farmer mystery series. The workshop is open to all genders, as well as both aspiring and experienced writers. Advanced registration and payment of a $15 fee are required for the workshop, which includes a complimentary light breakfast at 9.00am. Registration forms can be downloaded at www.mygulfport.us/lgbtq-resources. Spaces are limited. Only cash, checks or money orders will be accepted.

Writers commonly think they must suffer through much fear and doubt to produce anything good. Elizabeth Sims’ experience—and thus her message—is the opposite: Writing is easy and fun, provided we get out of our own way and let our natural talent and creativity take over. In this energizing workshop, she’ll help you find the heart of the book you want to write and convey your story zestfully and truly. You’ll learn how to work out a plan and start writing immediately, whether your book is fact or fiction. Writers with books in progress will find gold here too, because Elizabeth will provide tools every writer can use at any stage of a project.

The wisdom she’ll share is based on her own experience—and that of other storytellers dating back to prehistory. You’ll learn how to cut through angst and overcomplication with a better way to brainstorm; you’ll see how professionals power through a first draft; you’ll gain new perspectives with her Heart-Clutching Moment Plotting Method (works every time, plus it’s fun); you’ll discover how tangents can be the keys to fresh, great material; and more. Spare yourself untold writing hassle and join Elizabeth for this dynamic workshop.

The workshop is one activity in a full weekend during the inaugural “ReadOut” event which features 16 published authors reading from their work. Other ReadOut activities which are free and open to all include a reception on Friday evening; a keynote address by Elizabeth Sims on Saturday morning as well as a full day of readings, book signings and sales; and a panel discussion on Sunday following the workshop.

 

ReadOut is produced by the LGBTQ Resource Center, 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. For more information about the Resource Center, the Circle of Friends and ReadOut, go to www.mygulfport.us/gpl. Visit the ReadOut event page on Facebook at www.facebook.com/events/173597636714684 or email questions to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 
Poppy Champlin Offers an Afternoon Delight of Comedy

Contact: Susan Gore; (214) 673-4673; This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

GULFPORT, FLORIDA: Poppy Champlin brings her Provincetown brew of stand-up comedy, improvisation and serious vocal talent to Gulfport on January 27 for a SATURDAY AFTERNOON DELIGHT you won’t forget!

Poppy has been featured on Oprah, the Showtime Special Pride, One-Night Stand-up (LOGO), Entertainment Tonight and the Chicago Gay Games, and has earned rave reviews on Olivia and Atlantis cruises. She is an alumna of Chicago’s Second City Improv and a winner of the Joan Rivers America’s Funniest Woman award. She has been called the “Original Queer Queen of Comedy!”

“She walks on stage looking urban cool and she begins rolling out the jokes. She starts slow, sure, moves on to staccato, and hits on all cylinders. She spits out jokes, quips, songs, impressions, interactions, and bird calls. With deep resources to draw from, all of Champlin's shows can be described as spin art, ‘No two alike.’” (Laugh Factory)

Warning: Poppy takes on current events and other life absurdities through an adult lesbian’s eyes. Buyer discretion advised for small children and other “sheltered souls.”

Showtime is 2 p.m. Saturday, January 27 at the Catherine Hickman Theater (5501 27th Avenue South). Tickets are $20 suggested donation per person for general admission (with doors opening at 1:30 p.m.). A limited number of special Early Access tickets are available at $25 suggested donation per person, including entry to the theater one hour early at 1 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 Casino (5500 Shore Boulevard) and Gulfport Beach Bazaar (3115 Beach Boulevard South).

The show is presented by and benefits the Gulfport Public Library’s LGBTQ Resource Center. The Resource Center provides collections, services and events throughout the year to the local LGBTQ community, its friends and family, and is a project of the non-profit Circle of Friends of the Gulfport Public Library. Find out more about the Resource Center, the Circle of Friends and the Library on the web at www.mygulfport.us/gpl or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/GulfportLibraryFL.

 
Comic Road Movie Next 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, January 11th with a warm and comedic “lesbian road movie.” 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. Popcorn, candy, bottled water and soda are available. Donations will be accepted to benefit the LGBTQ Resource Center. Feel free to bring your own “brown bag” supper and beverages.

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 at the Library’s Facebook page: www.Facebook.com/GulfportLibraryFL.

About the January 11th film: Oscar-winners Olympia Dukakis and Brenda Fricker star in this 2012 film as a lesbian couple of 31 years who are threatened with separation by family members who think one should go into a nursing home. Instead, they flee together on an adventurous road trip to Canada, where same-sex marriage is legal. Along the way, they encounter a young hitchhiker who has much to learn from the couple. Poignant and funny! This film is rescheduled following its cancelled screening in September 2017 due to Hurricane Irma. (Not Rated)

Save the date for the next film in the monthly series on Thursday, February 8th. A modern classic of LGBTQ stories, and a pioneering work of mainstream film, this 2005 film stars Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal as a ranch hand and rodeo cowboy who meet in 1963 while driving cattle in the west. At a time and in a setting where love between men is scorned, they forge a complicated bond that lasts through the years. An Oscar winner for Best Director, and nominee for many other Oscars and awards. “The Best Movie of the Year.” Miami Herald (Rated R)

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 www.mygulfport.us/gpl or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/GulfportLibraryFL.

 
ReadOut Lesbian Literary Event Debuts in February

Contact: Alison Solomon; (727) 492-0021; This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

GULFPORT, FLORIDA: A new literary event featuring 15 lesbian authors will debut in Gulfport, Florida on the weekend of February 16 through 18. “ReadOut: Books For Lesbians” will include a Friday night reception; author readings, book sales and signings, and keynote address by award-winning author Elizabeth Sims on Saturday; and a writer’s workshop led by Sims, followed by a panel discussion on Sunday. Activities will take place at the Gulfport Public Library, 5501 28th Avenue South in Gulfport. All events are free and open to all genders and members of the public, except the writer’s workshop which requires a nominal fee and advanced registration.

The waterfront town of Gulfport in Tampa Bay has been called the “Provincetown of Florida” for its richly diverse community and large proportion of LGBTQ residents. The event is expected to draw a large crowd excited to meet and hear authors and buy their books. Participating authors from around the country include: S.W. Anderson, Lila Bruce, Giovanna Capone, CD Cain, Stefani Deoul, Meredith Doench, Eunice Fisher, Susan Gore, Mercedes Lewis, Renee MacKenzie, Patty G. Henderson, Fay Jacobs, J.B. Marsden, RJ Samuel, and Alison R. Solomon. Genres represented by these authors include: Romance, Mystery, Literary Fiction, Young Adult, Gothic Historical, Suspense, Dramatic Fiction, Paranormal, Humor, Poetry and Memoir.

Keynote speaker and workshop leader Elizabeth Sims’ novels include the Lambda Award-winning Lillian Byrd crime series and the Rita Farmer mystery series. She is a Contributing Editor for Writer's Digest magazine, and author of You’ve Got a Book in You: A Stress-Free Guide to Writing the Book of Your Dreams. Her keynote address on Saturday morning is entitled “Perils and Payoffs: The Risky Business of Researching for Fiction.” The theme of her Sunday morning writer’s workshop will be “Fearless Writing.”

All Friday and Saturday events, as well as the Sunday panel discussion, are free and open to the public. Advanced registration and payment of a $15 fee are required for the Sunday writer’s workshop. Workshop registration forms can be downloaded at www.mygulfport.us/lgbtq-resources. Spaces are limited. Only cash, checks or money orders will be accepted.

The full weekend schedule is as follows:

Friday Feb 16: 7:00-8:00pm Wine and Cheese Meet and Greet

Saturday Feb 17: 10:00-4:00 Vendor room open

10:30-11:30 Keynote and Q&A with Elizabeth Sims

11:40-12:30 Author readers

12:30-1:30 Lunch break

1:30-3:30 Author readers

Sunday Feb 18: 9:00am Breakfast for workshop participants

9:30-11:00 Workshop with Elizabeth Sims: “Fearless Writing”

11:15-12:30 Panel discussion: “Why Write for Lesbians?”

ReadOut event sponsors include: Golden Crown Literary Society, ProSuzy, Sinister Wisdom and SWIMWomen. ReadOut is produced by the LGBTQ Resource Center, 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. For more information about the Resource Center, the Circle of Friends and ReadOut, go to www.mygulfport.us/lgbtq-resources. Visit the ReadOut event page on Facebook at www.facebook.com/events/173597636714684 or email questions to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 
Gulfport Art & Gallery Walk, December 1 & 16, 2017

Gulfport, FL: Visit Gulfport Florida on December 1 and 16, for the Gulfport Art & Gallery Walk. Find your Gulfport shopping and dining maps at VisitGulfportFlorida.com and chart your course to the downtown waterfront!

Gulfport’s Historical Waterfront Arts District spans 6 city blocks that includes more than 35 unique and locally owned shops, businesses, boutiques, galleries, bars, and restaurants. Stop by the Welcome Center and check out their exclusive line of everything Gulfport, from T-shirts and ball caps to coasters and license plates. 3101 Beach Blvd. S.

The Gulfport Art & Gallery Walk event, produced by the non-profit Gulfport Merchants Association, takes place from 6-10 p.m. every first Friday and third Saturday – rain or shine, all year round, and is home to dozens of artisans and craftsmen each month.

Dine at one of 18 delicious restaurants in the historic beach town. Since Rand McNally’s 2011 “Best of the Road” competition, Gulfport has been known as one of the foremost dining destinations in the Tampa Bay area. Our diverse restaurant options offer distinct flavors for taste buds of all sorts and may require reservations or call ahead seating.

There is never an admission fee for visitors and complimentary parking is available nearby with courtesy trolley rides available to and from off-site parking areas. Gulfport events are always pet and family friendly. GPS – 3101 Beach Blvd. S., Gulfport, FL 33707.

For general event information, follow us on Facebook www.facebook.com/GulfportArtWalk, visit us at www.visitgulfportflorida.com or call 727-322-5217. Interested artisans and craftsmen can view the guidelines at www.SIKpromotions.com, under the vendor info tab.

 
Oscar-Nominated Documentary Next 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, December 14th with an Oscar-nominated documentary about the fight for AIDS research and treatment. 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. Popcorn, candy, bottled water and soda are available. Donations will be accepted to benefit the LGBTQ Resource Center. Feel free to bring your own “brown bag” supper and beverages.

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 at the Library’s Facebook page: www.Facebook.com/GulfportLibraryFL.

About the December 14th film: With never-before-seen archival footage from the 1980s and 90s, this 2012 documentary tells the story of the ACT-UP and TAG activists as they pushed to expand the boundaries of AIDS treatment, transforming the disease from a death sentence to a manageable condition. “A compellingly watchable portrait of a battle fought under that most memorable rallying cry: ‘Silence = Death’. Bravo.” (The Observer) The film was Oscar-nominated for Best Documentary Feature. (Not rated)

Save the date for the next film in the monthly series on Thursday, January 11th. (Rescheduled after cancellation in September due to Hurricane Irma.) Oscar-winners Olympia Dukakis and Brenda Fricker star in this 2012 film as a lesbian couple of 31 years who are threatened with separation by family members who think one should go into a nursing home. Instead, they flee together on an adventurous road trip to Canada, where same-sex marriage is legal. Along the way, they encounter a young hitchhiker who has much to learn from the couple. Poignant and funny! “A life- and heart-affirming journey.” (Toronto Star) (Not Rated)

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 www.mygulfport.us/gpl or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/GulfportLibraryFL.

 
ArtJones Open Studio Tour to Debut in Gulfport

Contact: Brenda McMahon; This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ; (518) 692-7742

GULFPORT, FLORIDA: Gulfport, Florida’s professional artist community is getting ready to satisfy your ArtJones. Do you want art, make art, gotta have art, love art? Then this inaugural event is for you. On Saturday and Sunday, December 2nd and 3rd, ArtJones, an Open Studio Tour of Gulfport Artists makes its debut with 12 artists at 10 locations. This self-guided, free tour begins 10am - 5pm on Saturday and continues 11am - 4pm on Sunday. ArtJones will highlight the artists’ lives and show the public what inspires the creative process. See it, touch it, buy it.

Among the art forms being expressed, ArtJones has painters, sculptors, ceramicists and glassblowers. Take the afternoon to walk through the various studios and see how the artist life is lived. From the tools used to the techniques mastered, these artists will demystify and sometimes demonstrate where creativity comes from.

ArtJones member artists come from varied backgrounds. Ray Domingo, the poster artist, worked as an illustrator & graphic designer for major advertising companies for over 40 years. Larry Busby, a decorated veteran, has been photographing on the front lines and in nature’s backyard since 1978. Sculptor Tom Pitzen, a locally known mosaic artist, creates large scale public art projects in St. Petersburg and Tampa. Brenda McMahon is an accomplished ceramic artist of more than 20 years who teaches, shows and travels nationally and internationally. Dorian Angello, a former professor of Graphic Design at Ringling College of Art & Design decided to head back to the studio and live the artist’s life.

ArtJones is excited to debut its list of professional artists working in the community. We are artists creating in the rough behind neighborhood fences, down alleys and inside garages. The working artists of this Florida community often show at galleries and art venues around the state and across the nation, but this weekend, ArtJones is strutting its stuff right at home.

This event is free and open to the public. Follow the signs for ArtJones Studio Tour. Download a brochure from the website or pick one up at any business in downtown Gulfport. For more information, go to www.ArtJonesStudioTour.com or visit the Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ArtJones-1329673137142553.

 
ArtJones Open Studio Tour

Gulfport, Florida 33707

Call (727) 251-6351

E-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

http://artjonesstudiotour.com/

Gulfport's professional artist community welcomes the public to this free inaugural Open Studio Tour. A tour, show and sale of fine original artwork by 12 artists at 10 locations in the Gulfport area. Come out and see where art is made! While there, meet the artists and see the inspirations behind their work. It’s where you can satisfy your own ArtJones.

See it, Touch it, Buy it.

 
2018 Gecko Ball Theme Chosen: “Gecko Con!”

Contact: John Haugen; (727) 623-0524; This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

GULFPORT, FLORIDA: Organizers of Gulfport’s annual Gecko Ball have announced the results of public voting for the theme of the 2018 Gecko Ball: “Gecko Con!” The Tenth Annual Gecko Ball will be held next year on Saturday, August 25th at the historic Gulfport Casino Ballroom. The Gecko Ball is one of four whimsical, celebratory Gecko-themed events in late summer each year, beginning with the Art Gecko Show and Gecko Crawl, and ending with GeckoFest, Gulfport’s largest annual free street festival held on the Saturday of Labor Day weekend. This year, the voters’ choice won by a large margin over other themes that were offered for consideration: “Cirque du Gecko,” “Geckos on Broadway,” “Rock and Roll Geckos,” and “Rocky Horror Gecko Show.”

“Gecko Con” will be a celebration of superheroes, villains, cult characters, imaginary locations and more from comics, books, movies, tv shows, animé and other media in pop culture genres akin to the world of popular Comic Con conventions around the world. The Gecko Con theme offers inspiration for a wide array of costumes, as well as Ball decorations, music, dancing, food and drink. Delve into the world of graphic and colorful comics, fantasy, horror and more! Enjoy a bevy of silent auction items, the popular live auction of artist-created geckos, coronation of a new Gecko Queen and much more. Ball-goers are always encouraged to arrive in costumes and a costume contest at the Ball encourages a healthy competition. Each year, the Gecko Ball theme also lends itself to costumes that participants of GeckoFest will flaunt during the festival’s own walking parade and costume contest the following week.

The Gecko Ball has become known as Gulfport’s party of the year! Tickets to the Ball will go on sale July 4, 2018 and it is known to sell out every year. To receive updates, including ticket sales announcements, visit and “like” the Gecko Ball Facebook page: www.facebook.com/geckoball. For more information, contact John Haugen at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or (727) 623-0524. All Gecko events are sponsored by the non-profit Gulfport Merchants Association and a portion of proceeds from events are dedicated each year to community charities.

 
AIDS Treatment Pioneer Dr. Bob Wallace Is Featured Speaker

Contact: Gulfport Public Library; 727-893-1074

GULFPORT, FLORIDA: To help commemorate World AIDS Day 2017 (December 1st), local AIDS treatment pioneer Dr. Bob Wallace, MD will be the featured speaker on Thursday, November 30th at the Gulfport Public Library (5501 28th Avenue South, Gulfport, Florida) at 7pm.

Dr. Wallace is a pioneer in the treatment of HIV/AIDS. When his office opened in 1987 in St. Petersburg, Florida he participated in every clinical trial possible to help stop the spread of HIV. “Dr. Bob” made it his passion to attend every HIV conference related to the treatment of HIV/AIDS. In one trial known as FTC 303, Dr. Bob’s office had more patients enrolled in St. Petersburg than any other practice in the world.

He was a lead investigator until joining Gilead Sciences in 2001. The drug he studied in clinical trial would become known as Emtriva, a key component of four of the once daily combination medications available today. He was the first Medical Director for the State of Florida Disease Management Program, known as Positive Healthcare from 1999-2000. He was also one of the founding board members of the organization that would come to be known as The American Academy of HIV Medicine.

Dr. Wallace opened his current practice, a 501(c) 3 non-profit in 2014 called Love the Golden Rule, Inc., also known as “The Clinic at 721.” The practice focuses on four areas; Hepatitis C, HIV/AIDS (of which he is the only AAHIVS certified doctor in St. Petersburg), Primary Care, and Obesity. To date, The Clinic at 721 has cured over 400 Floridians of Hepatitis C.

Before speaking, Dr. Wallace will show a short video presentation, entitled “Tapestry: the Faces of AIDS,” produced in 2015 which features interviews and footage detailing his personal history as an AIDS treatment provider from the beginnings of the epidemic to the present.

The event is sponsored by the LGBTQ Resource Center, 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 www.mygulfport.us/gpl or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/GulfportLibraryFL.

 
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