For Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning People in the North Central Florida Area

This is a Resource Guide for the LGBTQ Community in the North Central Florida area. There is a possibility that some of the resources are out of date, no longer available or not even included on this list. Please email us corrections or additions that need to be made!

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Alcohol and Drug Problems | Bookstores | Churches | Counselors | Health | Libraries | Nightclubs | Organizations |
Phone Information | Political/Legal | Publications | Real Estate


Disclaimer

This page is a listing of resources for the LGBTQ Community in North Central Florida. This page does not reflect an endorsement of any service listed here by the Pride Community Center of North Central Florida. Corrections to this page can be sent to pridectr@bellsouth.net. All of the following content provided by the Resource Guide.

The publication of the names of any person, business, or organization shall not be construed as any indication of their sexual orientation. Any entry will be deleted on request, or on receipt of reliable information that it is unwelcome to those concerned.


Organizations: Top

Equality Florida 408 W University Ave, Gainesville FL 32609. mallory@eqfl.org

Gainesville Community Alliance GCA was founded in July, 1991 to provide an environment in which Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgendered people and persons supportive of them may have an opportunity to meet through educational and social activities. Since then GCA has established itself as a positive force, creating several events that have become annual traditions. Membership is open to all Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgendered people and supportive friends. The annual dues are $25.00.
Each member receives a newsletter, Community Ties, Email listserv group for event and information posting, discounted admission/cost for selected events, input to planning meetings held the first Monday of even months, free appetizers at Dinner With Paul events, stipend for hosting potluck dinners. Visit http://www.gcaonline.org. PO Box 357301, Gainesville, FL 32635-7301. Call: Joe Antonelli (352) 373-3557

Gainesville Front Runners (Website) is a local chapter of the International Front Runners, an organization of LGBT runners and walkers. The atmosphere is noncompetitive and open to people of all athletic abilities, and we have no membership dues. Following the Wednesday run/walk, we often go out to eat at a nearby restaurant. Currently, the Gainesville Front Runners meet Sundays and Wednesdays at the Thomas Center (302 NE 6th Ave, at the southwest corner of the parking lot near the fountain) at 6 p.m. (When daylight saving time is not in effect, the Sunday run only is at 5 p.m.) For more information email
GainesvilleFrontRunners@gmail.com.

GatorBears is a group for masculine, hairy men and their admirers. There are many definitions of what a bear should look like. As far as this group is concerned, there are no physical ins or outs. All are welcome who are interested in bears. Founded in 1996 the Gatorbears is designed to be a social group of men who get together to have fun and enjoy the company of other gay men who share their interests. We have no “membership” requirements, no dues, and only a generalized “steering committee”. The only thing we do ask of our “members” is that everyone who is interested in the group should join our Google Group or Facebook page.  We use those to disseminate information about events, or to just share interesting news with the group. More information can be found at www.gatorbears.com. If you should have any questions please feel free to email us direct at: gatorbears@gmail.com

Gay Parents Support Group (352) 361-9515 gayparentgroup@bellsouth.net

Human Rights Council of North Central Florida is a non-profit, educational corporation working to educate the public concerning LGBT issues and the radical right. Contributor’s names are kept strictly confidential. (352) 234-6060. PO Box 12912, Gainesville, FL 32604, www.hrcncf.org, hrcncf@gmail.com.

Interweave Meets at Unitarian Universalist Fellowship. (352) 377-1669.

PFLAG – Parents, Family and Friends of LGBTQ.  PFLAG offera a monthly programmed/support meeting, as well as a Resource Library and opportunities for connection for those who attend their meetings. They also table at local events in an effort to educate the general community and to advocate for equality for all of our loved ones. Along with the support, education, and advocacy mission of PFLAG, the national organization, the local Chapter attempts to facilitate community connections that could build bridges toward more direct assistance for LGBTQ individuals in need of assistance.  PFLAG Gainesville meets the third Tuesday, at 7:00pm each month, at 1624 NW 5th Avenue in Gainesville (the Fellowship Hall of the United Church of Gainesville).
www.pflaggainesville.orginfo@pflaggainesville.org, Phone: (352) 340-3770, Address: PO Box 358472, Gainesville, FL  32635-8472

Pride Student Union – University of Florida, 300-48 J. Wayne Reitz Union, Gainesville, FL 32611-8505. 392-1665 x.326 ufpride.org e-mail: pride@sg.ufl.edu

Rainbow Alliance The Rainbow Alliance was formed in 1999 by staff and faculty members at the University of Florida. RA works to improve the LGBT environment at the University. Rainbow Alliance participates in the LGBT Concerns committee of the Student Senate. Programs include: the newsletter, RA-news; the Rainbow Alliance Fund at the University of Florida Foundation; and UFLGBTAC, an alumni club for LGBT graduates of the University of Florida and friends. For more information, e-mail: info@ra-online.org.

University of Florida LGBT Affairs. 202 Peabody Hall, University of Florida, Gainesville FL 32611, lgbt@multicultural.ufl.edu, (352) 392-1217, ext. 222. UF Director of LGBT Affairs, Lauren B. Hannahs. (352) 392-1217 x265


Nightclubs: Top

Gainesville has two LGBTQ nightclubs. They are busiest Thursday-Saturday nights.

University Club at 18 E. Univ. Ave. is the danceclub most popular with UF and Santa Fe students. Entrance is on the side of NE 1st Ave. Customers must be at least 18. Specials include open mike night, male revues, female musicians, progressive music. (352) 378-6814. www.ucclub.com

Spikes is discreetly located at 4130 N.W. 6th Street. Customers must be at least 18. Wheelchair accessible. (352) 376-3772 for more info.


Churches: Top

Holy Trinity Episcopal Church is accepting of openly gay and lesbian individuals, and has an AIDS ministry. 100 N.E. 1st St. Gainesville, FL 32601, (352) 372-4721, holytrinitygnv.org. Services: Sunday at 8:00 a.m., 10:30 a.m., and 6:00 p.m.

Trinity Metropolitan Community Church, P.O. Box 140535, Gv, FL 32614, or 11604 S.W. Archer Rd. Gainesville, FL 32608. (6 miles west of I-75 on SR 24). (352) 495-3378. e-mail: trinity@mccgainesville.com www.mccgainesville.com/

Unitarian Universalist Fellowship: Unitarian Universalist congregations and their national association actively work to support equal rights and dignity for all people including gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people. Locally the UU Fellowship carries on that work. People may call for support, counseling or referral. Operating from the premise that “Civil Marriage is a Civil Right; Religious Marriage is a Religious Choice,” Unitarian Universalist ministers offer religious marriage ceremonies to same-sex and opposite-sex couples alike, while energetically encouraging the other 49 states to follow Massachusetts’ lead in recognizing same-sex civil marriage. 4225 NW 34th Street Gainesville, 32605, (352) 377-1669, uufg.org. Ministers are LoraKim Joyner and Meredith Garmon. UU Teen Group. Services on Sundays at 11

The United Church of Gainesville is an Open and Affirming congregation within the United Church of Christ. “Whoever you are and wherever you are on life’s journey, you are welcome here.” Since 1969 various national settings of the United Church of Christ have addressed the concerns of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in church and society, calling for welcome, inclusion and justice. In 2005, the 25th General Synod of the UCC adopted an “Equal Marriage Rights For All” resolution. The full text can be read at: http://www.ucc.org/lgbt/ . United Church of Gainesville website: http://www.ucgainesville.org/. Open and Affirming Website: http://www.ucccoalition.org/. United Church of Christ website: www.ucc.org. 1624 NW 5th Ave., (352) 378-3500. Church services are at 9:30 and 11:00 AM on Sundays, with one service during the summer at 10:00 AM.


Bookstores: Top

There are three bookstores in town with magazines and books of LGBTQ Interest.

Barnes and Noble has a magazine section and a “Gay and Lesbian Studies” section. (352) 372-3535. 3910 SW Archer Rd

Books-A-Million, large LGBTQ section under “Alternative Lifestyles” and magazines. 2600 NW 13th St., (352) 376-6623.

Wild Iris Books, is Florida’s only Feminist Book Store. You can find a great assortment of lesbian and gay fiction, non-fiction, magazines, parenting and children’s books and more. They also carry a large selection of feminist thought and activist resources and books. They welcome all types of spiritualties and have a quality selection of pagan resources and tarot, ritual and divination tools. Find lots of local products – jewelry, handmade soaps, crystals and gems, and quality herbs and teas. Store hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 1pm -8pm. See event calendar and shop online at wildirisbooks.com – carrying over 4 million print titles and Google e-books. Select in-store pick up and receive free shipping. 22 SE 5th Ave, Ste D in the back corner of the Courtyard. Phone – 352.375.7477 info@wildirisbooks.com


Libraries: Top

The Pride Community Center’s own Audre Lorde Library has over 1800 books in a number of areas including lesbian fiction, gay male fiction, biographies/autobiographies/memoirs, self-help/relationships/motivational, sexuality and sexual behavior, erotica, dissenting opinions, travel/directories/Gayellow pages, History/Herstory, LGBT in Education/work/military, Humor, LGBT Youth/children, HIV/AIDS, poetry, religion and spirituality.

The Civic Media Center has a wide variety of LGBT and non-corporate print, computer, audio, and video resources. Mon – Thurs 2 – 8 p.m., Fri – Sat 2 – 6 p.m., www.civicmediacenter.org, 433 S Main St., Gainesville, FL 32601. (352) 373-0010.


Publications: Top

Advocate, recommended national periodical for LGBT news and issues, (213) 871-1225. May be bought at Wild Iris.

Gainesville Iguana, progressive newsletter and calendar of events, national and local articles in its 10th year, subscription $5-10 sliding scale, www.gainesvilleiguana.org, (352) 378-5655, PO Box 14712, Gainesville, FL 32604.

Kindred Sisters Magazine, local lesbian monthly newsletter, $20 a year. PO Box 141674 Gainesville, FL 32614-1674. www.kindredsisters.org. kindredsisters@gmail.com


Real Estate: Top


Information: Top

Gay Switchboard, at (352) 377-8915, provides information on current events, social and support groups, local LGBT nightclubs, supportive religious organizations, coming out, safer sex, AIDS, and community resources.

United Way 2-1-1 for North Central Florida is a free and confidential 24 hour information and referral helpline that links people with questions and problem to resources with answers and solutions. To get or give help, please call (352) 375-4636. www.unitedwayncfl.org/211_Info.aspx


Political/Legal: Top

ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union) PO BOX 41581, Jacksonville, FL 32203, (904) 353-7600.

Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund, newsletter, (212) 995-8585. U.S. Department of Justice Hate Crimes Hotline, (800) 347-HATE.

Stonewall Democrats of Alachua County. 901 NW 8 Ave., Suite A-3. www.stonewalldemsac.com stonewalldemsac@gmail.com

UF Office of Academic Affairs, for faculty that are the victims of sexual harassment or homophobia, (352) 392-1254.

UF Office for Student Services, for students that are the victims of sexual harassment or homophobia, (352) 392-1261.


Counselors: Top

Individuals:

Emily Franck Hoon, PhD, (352) 375-4666.

Charles R. Martin, Ph.D., (352) 375-7756, www.drcharlesmartin.com, info@drcharlesmartin.com

Caroline Pace, PhD, LMHC, LMFT, (352) 376-5543.

Trisha Biggers Peterson, PhD, feminist counseling, relationships, (352) 375-1414, AskDrTrish@gmail.com

Jennifer Sager, Ph.D. (352) 379-2829, www.jbsager.com, sageritm@aol.com

Organizations:

Alachua County Crisis Line, 24-hour telephone crisis intervention and counseling service offered by trained volunteers; short-term crisis counseling. All services free. 218 SE 24th Street, Gainesville, FL 32641. (352) 264-6789. http://www.alachuacounty.us/DEPTS/CSS/CRISISCENTER/Pages/CrisisCenter.aspx

Alachua County Victim Services and Rape Crisis Center, community-based agency that offers emergency outreach to victims, comprehensive advocacy, support groups, and 1-on-1 counseling services to victims of all types of violent crime. A counselor-staffed 24 hour hotline is available. 218 SE 24th St, Gainesville, FL 32641. Call (352) 264-6760, or toll-free (866) 252-5439.

CDS Family and Behavioral Health Services Inc provides unbiased counseling, and specific information about all drugs. www.cdsfl.org

  • Family Action provides non-residential counseling for families with children between ages 6 and 17 who are difficult to manage, disrespectful, truant, homeless, or having problems in school or at home. The program is short-term, and solution focused. Family participation is highly encouraged, although individual concerns can be addressed as well.
  • Interface Youth Program is a short-term shelter for youth ages 10 to 17. It offers the child or teen a safe place to sleep, personal support, nutritious food, and transportation to school.
  • Drug Free Communities targets youth who struggle with, or are at risk for, substance use and abuse. The program provides a continuum of services for drug related issues and is tailored to an individual or family’s needs. Prevention and education are important components. Involvement can last anywhere between eight weeks to a year, and the only requirement is that the individual is under 18 at the commencement of services.
  • Substance abuse prevention and treatment services are offered through individual, family, or group counseling. Programs are offered for DUI, Federal Probation, and Alachua County Drug Court referrals.
  • TANF Program – The Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program provides intensive services to families who are struggling with issues such as child abuse, stress management, domestic violence, and mental health.352-244-0628.

Peaceful Paths Domestic Abuse Network, for women and men who are victims of domestic violence, (352) 377-8255; out of area code, (800) 393-7233. www.peacefulpaths.org

UF Counseling & Wellness Center, students and partners, (352) 392-1575, www.counseling.ufl.edu/cwc/

UF Sexual Assault Recovery Service, counseling for female and male students who have experienced sexual assault. Confidential and free. Also for partners, family, and friends of victim. UF Student Infirmary, room 230, or (352) 392-1161 ext. 231.


Alcohol and Drug Problems: Top

Alcoholics Anonymous Free to Be, LGBTQ group, (352) 372-8091.

CDS Family and Behavioral Health Services Inc provides unbiased counseling, and specific information about all drugs.

  • Family Action provides non-residential counseling for families with children between ages 6 and 17 who are difficult to manage, disrespectful, truant, homeless, or having problems in school or at home. The program is short-term, and solution focused. Family participation is highly encouraged, although individual concerns can be addressed as well.
  • Interface Youth Program is a short-term shelter for youth ages 10 to 17. It offers the child or teen a safe place to sleep, personal support, nutritious food, and transportation to school.
  • Drug Free Communities targets youth who struggle with, or are at risk for, substance use and abuse. The program provides a continuum of services for drug related issues and is tailored to an individual or family’s needs. Prevention and education are important components. Involvement can last anywhere between eight weeks to a year, and the only requirement is that the individual is under 18 at the commencement of services.
  • Substance abuse prevention and treatment services are offered through individual, family, or group counseling. Programs are offered for DUI, Federal Probation, and Alachua County Drug Court referrals.
  • TANF Program – The Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program provides intensive services to families who are struggling with issues such as child abuse, stress management, domestic violence, and mental health.352-244-0628.

Narcotics Anonymous, (352) 375-9624.


Health: Top

AIDS/HIV Services and Education:

AIDS/HIV Testing and Counseling, Alachua County Public Health Unit, also performs syphilis testing, for all ages 12 and up. Payment on a sliding scale from $0-20.

AIDS Hotline, United States Public Health Service, (800) 342-AIDS.

Florida AIDS Education and Training Network, serving the HIV/AIDS education needs of health care providers, (352) 392-6969.

Gainesville Area AIDS Project (GAAP), An Organization of People Living with HIV/AIDS, and People
Who Care…Having Fun! P.O. Box 5554 Gainesville, FL 32627, www.gaaponline.org, info@gaaponline.org, 373-4227 (gaap)

Florida AIDS Hotline, HRS, (800) FLA-AIDS.

HIV Outpatient Services, offers housing referral, day care, dental care, clinical services, home health care, case management, transportation, hospice, counseling, and nutrition. Health Planning Council, (352) 377-4404.

Park Meadows Health & Rehabilitation, a 154 bed, licensed nursing facility meeting the long term health care needs of HIV+ individuals. 3250 SW 41 Place, Gainesville, FL 32608, (352) 378-1558.

Planned Parenthood of North Florida, Gainesville Clinic, offers STD testing (including HIV Testing), HPV & Hepatitis vaccines, and a variety of other health services for LGBT men and women’s needs. 914 NW 13th Street Gainesville, FL 32601, (352) 377-0881.

Project AIDS Care, Medicaid Waiver Program, outpatient and home health care services, Linda Tambor, Alachua County Public Health Unit, (352) 955-2364, or Denise Terrell, Marion County Public Health Unit, (352) 629-0137.

General Health:

ACORN Clinic, low cost medical/dental services (352) 485-1133 or (352) 485-1515

Herpes Support Group Hotline, Wednesdays 6:00pm-7:30pm, (352) 376-9000.

Hospice, North Central Florida, comprehensive home care for the terminally ill, (352) 378-2121.

STD Clinic, (Sexually Transmitted Disease) Alachua County Public Health Unit, confidential testing for herpes, syphilis, hepatitis B, genital warts, chlamydia, gonorrhea, and trichomonas, for all ages. Payment on a sliding scale. For appointment, (352) 955-2415. For counseling, (352) 955-2364 ext. 162.