GULFPORT — The LGBTQ Resource Center at Gulfport Public Library recently announced its establishment as an independent 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.

Begun in 2014, the resource center has until now operated as a project of the nonprofit Circle of Friends of the Gulfport Public Library. The center started with a donation of hundreds of LGBTQ-themed books to the library and in the past five years has evolved to include not only a library collection of more than 4,000 volumes but also a collection of digital resources and a significant provider of events and programs to the LGBTQ community, its family and friends, including guest speakers, films, exhibits, performances and more.

Daniel Hodge, a founding member of the resource center, has served as the chair through its significant expansion. Patty Callaghan, the other founding member still serving, is part of the committee that recently created a $1,000 scholarship to help a Gulfport student continue their education. Both plan to continue to serve on the new nonprofit board. Officers elected to the new board are Susan Gore, chair; and William Ward, treasurer. Other board members are Brittany Baldwin, Nichole Morales, Alison Solomon and Greg Stemm.

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