GULFPORT, FLORIDA: The LGBTQ Resource Center at Gulfport Public Library is proud to continue its monthly LGBTQ Film Series on Thursday, October 18 with an entertaining documentary on the life of author Armistead Maupin. 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. (The film this month is scheduled for the third Thursday due to a scheduling conflict on October 11.)
Each film begins at 7pm in the Friends Room at Gulfport Public Library (5501 28thAvenue South). Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Licensing restrictions prohibit explicitly naming of film titles 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: www.mygulfport.us/lgbtq-resources.
About the October 18 film: This 2017 documentary examines the life and work of Armistead Maupin, one of the world’s most beloved storytellers, following his evolution from a conservative son of the Old South into a gay rights pioneer whose novels have inspired millions to claim their own truth. The story of the “Tales of the City” author moves between playful and poignant and laugh-out-loud funny. With help from friends including well-known actors (Ian McKellan, Laura Linney and Olympia Dukakis among them), Maupin offers a disarmingly frank look at the journey that took him from the jungles of Vietnam to the bathhouses of 70’s San Francisco to the front line of the American culture war. (Not Rated)
Save the date, Thursday November 8, for the next film in the series. Filmed over the course of four years, this 2016 documentary is an intimate story about a family in transition, following the journey of trans teen Bennett as he navigates adolescence, sobriety and the physical and emotional ramifications of his changing gender identity. Through the process, his mother Suzy makes her own transformation – toward accepting that the daughter she raised as Rachel is now her son Bennett. “Engaging throughout… full of heart.” (Eye for Film) (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. Or contact the LGBTQ Resource Center by email to LGBTQGulfport@gmail.com.