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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.
TIGLFF Board and Staff
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Thom Isbon, TIGLFF Board President, firstname.lastname@example.org or Margaret Murray, TIGLFF Executive Director, at email@example.com
why it maters.....
monday may 25th
or all of the self-righteous condemnations the Duggar family has put out there about gays and lesbians ... especially those from the politically outspoken Josh Duggar, who's been accused of sexually abusing 5 underaged girls .. .this certainly comes as a nasty surprise. And as for those defending Josh? They're nearly as bad as Josh himself.
Josh tells People in a statement:
"Twelve years ago, as a young teenager, I acted inexcusably for which I am extremely sorry and deeply regret. I hurt others, including my family and close friends. I confessed this to my parents who took several steps to help me address the situation. We spoke with the authorities where I confessed my wrongdoing, and my parents arranged for me and those affected by my actions to receive counseling. I understood that if I continued down this wrong road that I would end up ruining my life."
All right -- step back from this, no matter what side of the fence you're on and examine Josh's statement of "apology": he concludes it with "I understood that if I continued down this wrong road that I would end up ruining my life." But how about the innocent lives of the underaged girls that were reportedly molested -- don't their lives matter? The lives of these purported victims?
Maybe now most people can appreciate the irony in the Duggars once referring to LGBT folks a "danger" to child safety. Go ahead and let that one marinate a minute.
As for you, Duggars: you all covered it up. It was covered up -- for over a decade ... and the patriarch of the family, Jim Bob, is said to have waited nearly a year before reporting any of this to the authorities.
You know, this is not like someone stealing a loaf of bread for their starving family. Josh Duggar is no Aladdin. It's not even like a teenager making a ridiculously stupid mistake like drinking and driving. This is perverse, sexual deviance that shouldn't be looked at like it's some kind of silly coming-of-age action that can be explained away by "Oopsie I made a mistake 'causehormones."
Jim Bob and Michelle raised a million kids -- we're assuming that they gave each and every one of them "you don't touch other kids' private parts" talk at some point or another.
Maybe Josh was too preoccupied at that time to pay close enough attention.
LGBT Pride Parade
5:00pm - 10:00pm
Una Voce Mens Chorus Concerts
8:00pm - 10:00pm
See photos from Jules Vert's trip to the South Pacific.
Watch documentary film "Little Creatures" in our studio.