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SpeakOut: Intersections of LGBTQ Identity and Literature

October 13, 2022 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

The LGBTQ Resource Center at the Gulfport Public Library is hosting the fourth in its six-part SpeakOut series with a focus on the “Intersections of LGBTQ Identity and Literature.” This year, multiple school districts in Florida (and elsewhere) have removed a number of books claimed to contain obscene LGBTQ content (e.g., Lawn Boy, Gender Queer, Losing the Girl). Why is LGBTQ literature important? What has – and hasn’t – changed in the stories told by LGBTQ authors, and public reactions to them?

Dr. Stephanie Burt is a renowned poet and Harvard professor whose forthcoming collection “We Are Mermaids” (Oct. 4) is being praised as her best book yet. “We Are Mermaids” examines both real and imagined objects of fascination and desire. It is a trans book, a fangirl book, a book about coming together. Professor Kristen Adams is the William Reece Smith Jr. Distinguished Professor of Law at Stetson Law School. She has authored seven books, including “Law and Poetry: Promises from the Preamble.” She is also the coordinator of Stetson’s Social Justice Advocacy concentration.

Registration is required if you plan to attend via Zoom, and it is kindly requested if you plan to attend on-site. Parking at the Gulfport Library is free, as is the event. This program is funded in part through a Florida Humanities Community Project Grant in partnership with the Gulfport Public Library.

Event Details

Event Date/time:

October 13, 2022 @ 7:00 pm -
October 13, 2022 @ 9:00 pm


Presenter Information:
Dr. Stephanie Burt, Professor of English, Harvard University, content expert; Professor Kristen Adams, Distinguished Professor of Law, Stetson College of Law, Humanities scholar and dialogue facilitator.
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Event Contact:

Susan Gore
(727) 222-2508

Event Venue:

Gulfport Public Library
5501 28th Ave. S
Gulfport, FL 33707 United States
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Venue Phone:
(727) 222-2508

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