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The news is out – this year will be TIGLFF’s first year away from the Tampa Theatre, our longtime home.

In many ways, TIGLFF and TT grew up together. Twenty-five years ago, we were as scrappy as the stray cats wandering the streets of downtown after dark. Yet, we somehow found a home in the grand dame of Tampa, and it has been a joyous ride!

However, there are changes afoot. Surely you’ve noticed that people are watching films on their phones now and the multiplex routinely carries LGBT friendly film. We regularly compete with Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu for original LGBT programming – and space in your schedule. We get it, and that’s why we have chosen to adapt and flourish!

We are moving and shifting things around a bit. The Palladium, which has hosted many a TIGLFF event before, will become our home for Opening weekend, Closing Night, and our big events.

During the week, we’ll screen films at venues in Tampa, St. Pete and Gulfport. This will allow us to come to YOU – wherever you are, we’re guaranteed to be pretty close! As the year progresses and we finalize this year’s festival, we’ll be sure to keep you posted.

We’re excited about the new opportunities we see in St. Petersburg. It’s a city with a growing commitment to the arts, is becoming a must-visit destination for the LGBT community, and is a natural fit for TIGLFF as we move into our next 25 years.

“Tampa Theatre has been proud to be TIGLFF’s home for the past quarter century, and we wish them nothing but the best as they move forward.  Our doors are always open ,” says Tampa Theatre president and CEO John Bell.

This decision was not made lightly, but was the result of a close, hard look at the festival and how to best position ourselves for success over the next 25 years in a changing world.

We are stewards of the organization, and must often make difficult decisions. This was one of those, but as we begin planning for this year’s TIGLFF, there’s a sense of excitement in the air. We are putting together events we’ve never done before (Lea DeLaria’s coming, Lea DeLaria’s coming!!!!). We’re building relationships with new venues and partnering with new organizations.

And while we’re certainly looking forward, we’re also looking back. We’re looking back at the many, many people who believed in the importance and strength of LGBT stories and lives. We’re looking back – and saying thank you – to the thousands of volunteers and organizations who built the festival into what she is today. We’re looking back, and we’re asking you to come along for the next 25 years.

Thank you,

TIGLFF Board and Staff
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Thom Isbon, TIGLFF Board President, or Margaret Murray, TIGLFF Executive Director, at

september 1, 2015

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Pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP, is a prevention option for people who are at high risk of getting HIV. It’s meant to be used consistently, as a pill taken every day, and to be used with other prevention options such as condoms.

The word “prophylaxis” means to prevent or control the spread of an infection or disease. The goal of PrEP is to prevent HIV infection from taking hold if you are exposed to the virus. This is done by taking one pill every day. These are some of the same medicines used to keep the virus under control in people who are already living with HIV.With 50,000 new HIV infections each year in the United States, and no cure or vaccine available, prevention is key. When taken every day, PrEP can provide a high level of protection against HIV, and is even more effective when it is combined with condoms and other prevention tools.You should discuss this with your health care provider. There are several reasons that people stop taking PrEP. For example,

If you have side effects from the medicine that are interfering with your life, or if blood tests show that your body is reacting to PrEP in unsafe ways, your provider may stop prescribing PrEP for you.Scientists do not yet have an answer on how long it takes PrEP to become fully effective after you start taking it. Some studies suggest that if you take PrEP every day, it reaches its maximum protection in blood at 20 days, in rectal tissue at about 7 days, and in vaginal tissues at about 20 days. Talk to your health care provider about when PrEP might be effective for you.PrEP is only for people who are at ongoing substantial risk of HIV infection. For people who need to prevent HIV after a single high-risk event of potential HIV exposure—such as sex without a condom, needle-sharing injection drug use, or sexual assault—there is another option calledpostexposure  prophylaxis, or PEP.

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