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Project Sarasota: A LGBTQ History

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Florida Governor Reubin Askew signs bill to ban gay's from marriage and adopting children in Florida.

Democrats become the first major political party to endorse a homosexual rights platform

As of 2020, Florida's sodomy law, though unenforceable, has not been repealed by the Florida Legislature.

Florida Amendment 2 passes which defines marriage as "a union only between one man and one woman".

The Venice City Council unanimously passes nondiscrimination protections, including protections for LGBT individuals.

Then Governor Farris Bryant selected Sarasota to host an eight-county education forum on "homosexual criminals".

In One, Inc. v. Olesen, the U S Supreme Court rules in favor of the First Amendment rights of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) magazine.

“The Purple Pamphlet” was published by the FL Investigative Committee with intent to persuade the state legislature to adopt anti-homosexual laws.

JAN 1958
MAR 1962

Local package alcohol store, "Dixie Lee's", includes anti-gay sentiments in advertisements in the Sarasota News.

MAY 1962

Charlie's Newsstand in Sarasota was fined $200 for "selling and possessing obscene literature" which contained themes of "homosexuality".

DEC 1962
JAN 1964

Bob Damron publishes his first book of gay bars from his travels throughout the United States. The "Bob Damron Address Book" fit in the palm of a hand.

DEC 1964

We believe there should be an archive of Sarasota's LGBTQ history for future generations.

 

We are looking for significant people, places, moments, and organizations, etc that are a part of Sarasota's LGBTQ history and we need your help. Please send information, pictures, stories or any leads to help us document our history!

The Stonewall Inn, a popular gay bar in Greenwich Village, was raided by police. These riots were pivotal in reigniting America's modern LGBT rights movement.

JUN 1969

Homosexuality removed from the American Psychiatric Association's list of mental illnesses.

DEC 1973
JUN 1977
JUL 1980

ALSO for Gay Youth Inc. was incorporated as a local nonprofit organization in Sarasota County in response to the high rates of suicide by gay and lesbian teens.

APR 1998
JUN 2003

Sarasota realtor, Donald Geikie, founds the Gay Real Estate Executive Network (GREEN). Membership includes professionals throughout the real estate industry.

MAR 2005
NOV 2008
MAR 2012

FL Governor and A.G. drop fight to ban Frank Martin Gill and his partner from adopting their foster children effectively ending the ban on same-sex adoption.

SEP 2010

Founded by Robert Donaldson, the Purple Rhino Lodge, a membership-based gay bar, opens.

NOV 2013
AUG 2014

A U.S. District Court finds a FL law banning same-sex marriage and blocking recognition of same-sex marriages is a violation of the 14th Amendment.

City of Sarasota passes amendment to include transgender protections to human rights ordinance when it comes to public accommodations, housing and employment.

NOV 2014
JUN 2015

Marriage equality becomes the law of the land! The U.S. Supreme Court rules in favor of the freedom to marry for same-sex couples in all 50 states.

A bill passed the Florida House of Representatives and the Florida Senate repealed a 1868 ban on cohabitation between unmarried couples.

MAR 2016

A bill introduced to Florida Legislature to ban the use of conversion therapy on LGBT minors died in a House subcommittee.

The Bradenton City Council passed a resolution to congratulate singer Anita Bryant in her campaign against homosexuality.

JUN 1977
APR 2016
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Project PRIDE is 501c3 Organization

We CELEBRATE and UNITE Sarasota's diverse community by providing social connection and SUPPORTING Sarasota’s LGBTQ+ people, businesses and organizations.

Our Mission

We CELEBRATE and UNITE Sarasota's diverse community by providing social connection and SUPPORTING Sarasota’s LGBTQ+ people, businesses, and organizations.

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