Nightlife, local organizations, crisis intervention, and other prevention services
BARS AND RESTAURANTS
The Copa Night Club and Tropix Restaurant
2330 S Pine Ave, Ocala FL 34471
14 NW 5th St, Ocala, FL, 34475
Cover charge varies by night. Dancing, pool tables, video games. Shows by female impersonators. Men and Women, Ages: 18 & up
18 E University Ave, Gainesville FL 32601
(Entrance in back off of 1st Avenue)
CHURCHES AND RELIGIOUS SERVICES
Gainesville has one gay church and five others that welcome gays and lesbians from the community
Holy Trinity Episcopal Church
Holy Trinity is accepting of openly gay and lesbian individuals.
Services: Sunday at 8:00 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.
100 NE 1st St, Gainesville FL 32601
St. Augustine’s Roman Catholic Church
1738 W University Ave, Gainesville FL 32604
Trinity Metropolitan Community Church or MCC
Trinity MCC is a church that welcomes gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender folk as well as supportive friends and families. We take a progressive, gay affirming view of the Christian scriptures. We are mixed in gender, age, race, and sexuality. 11:00am Sunday service. See website for meeting schedule.
11604 SW Archer Road, Gainesville FL
(6 miles west of I-75 on SR 24)
United Church of Gainesville
The United Church includes “sexual orientation” in its anti-discrimination statement. The church also has an “open and affirming” task force that plans events for lesbians and gays in the church. Services are each Sunday at 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. Rev. Larry Reimer and Rev. Sandy Reimer.
1624 NW 5th Ave, Gainesville FL 32603
United Church Open and Affirming Task Force
Open and Affirming is the way many in the United Church of Christ (UCC) declare their welcome and inclusion of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender persons into the full life of the church. The message of love and compassion, justice and peace are at the very core of the life and ministry of Jesus. Open and Affirming (ONA) ministries and resources are rooted in that Gospel message. The testimonies of these ministries proclaim the truth of God’s power to transform cultures of hate and violence into communities of healing and reconciliation. They give witness to the ways in which the gifts of God are being liberated for service in the world. The ONA/GLBT Committee plans seminars, small groups, social outings, and service opportunities with the goal of celebrating diversity and promoting inclusion of all God’s people both here and in the wider community.
1624 NW 5th Ave Gainesville, FL 32603
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Gainesville
Services for both adults and children begin at 11:00 am Sunday mornings. Universalist congregations and their national association actively work to support equal rights and dignity for all people including gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered people. Locally the UU Fellowship carries on that work. People may call UUF minister, Rev. Meredith Garmon, for support, counseling or referral.
4225 NW 34th Street, Gainesville FL 32605-1422
Unity of Gainesville
Open and diverse congregation – accepting of gays and lesbians. Sunday services begin at 11 am.
8801 NW 39th Ave, Gainesville FL 32606
Campus American Civil Liberties Union
Open to all. Non-students interested in the national ACLU are highly encouraged to come to meetings and events.
PO Box 140051, Gainesville FL 32614-0051
Civic Media Center and Library
Non-profit organization carrying books, journals, magazines, videotapes, audio tapes, and newspapers by independent, non-corporate press on a wide variety of subjects. Subjects include LGBT issues, women’s studies, human sexuality studies, etc. Most books are socio-politically-oriented among a few literature books. CMC offers a free space for group meetings and discussions.
Hours: Monday-Thursday, 2-8 p.m. and Friday-Saturday 2-6 p.m.
433 S Main St., Gainesville FL 32601
Gainesville Area AIDS Project (GAAP)
The mission of GAAP is to provide support and information/referral services for persons infected with or affected by HIV/AIDS; and education and outreach for the community at large. GAAP offers “Randy’s Place” Drop-in Center on Tuesdays from 11 am to 1 pm and on the last Friday of the month for dinner from 5:30 to 7:00 pm.
Randy’s Place is at 3131 NW 13th St in the Pride Center.
P.O. Box 12905, Gainesville FL 32604
Gainesville Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union
The American Civil Liberties Union of Florida is freedom’s watchdog, working daily in the courts, legislatures and communities to defend individual rights and personal freedoms guaranteed by the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.
Gainesville Community Alliance (GCA)
The Gainesville Community Alliance (GCA) is a social membership organization that provides an environment in which gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people and their friends have opportunities to meet through educational and social activities. Membership is open to all Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgendered people and supportive friends. The annual dues are $25.00 per person. GCA Board of Directors meets every 1st Monday of even numbered months at 6 PM at Pride Community Center of NCF, 3131 NW 13th St. in Gainesville.
P.O. Box 357301, Gainesville FL 32635
Joe Antonelli: (352) 284-3881
Gainesville Front Runners
The Gainesville Front Runners are 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 (parking lot near the fountain)
6 p.m. (5PM during daylight savings )
This is a group of people who are or look like masculine hairy men. There are many definitions of what a “bear” should look like. As far as this group is concerned, there are no physical in’s or out’s. All are welcome who are interested in bears. This 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 interest.
Wayne Henry and Wayne Sutton
Gay Parents Support Group
17415 S Hwy 441, Micanopy FL 32667
GLBT Youth Support Group (temporarily on hiatus)
A support group for GLBT youth between the ages of 13 and 18 years old. The peer-led support group for gay students, students with gay relatives and friends, students who are questioning and their straight allies, to give and receive support, to gain knowledge, friendship, strength and a new perspectives from like-minded peers from different backgrounds.
3131 NW 13th Street Suite 62, Gainesville FL 32601 (Liberty Center)
Human Rights Council of North Central Florida
Founded in 1993, the Human Rights Council of North Central Florida (HRCNCF) is an educational corporation whose purpose is the promotion of social welfare and civic betterment through the dissemination of information regarding discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. HRCNCF also opposes discrimination based on race, gender, socioeconomic status, age, religion, national origin, or physical or mental disability. HRCNCF Board of Directors meets every 2nd Thursday of the month at 7 PM at Pride Community Center of NCF, 3131 NW 13th St. in Gainesville.
PO Box 2112, Gainesville FL 32602
Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays of Gainesville (PFLAG Gainesville)
Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays of Gainesville (PFLAG Gainesville) is a chapter of PFLAG, the nation’s foremost family-based organization committed to the civil rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people. PFLAG Gainesville’s mission is to create a better future for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) youth and adults through a partnership of parents, allies, and LGBT people. PFLAG’s unique voice has helped thousands by making schools safer, keeping families stronger, improving the workplace, and educating the general public.
Meetings take place monthly in Gainesville, FL. Visit the website for information on current meeting times/location. A confidential PFLAG Gainesville Helpline is available for those in need of information and support.
PO Box 358472, Gainesville, FL 32635-8472
Planned Parenthood of North Central Florida
The mission of PPNCF is to provide comprehensive reproductive and complementary health care services in settings which preserve and protect the essential privacy and rights of each individual; to advocate public policies which guarantee these rights and ensure access to such services; to provide educational programs which enhance understanding of individual and societal implications of human sexuality; to promote research and the advancement of technology in reproductive health care and encourage understanding of their inherent bio-ethical, behavioral, and social implications. Clinical services: birth control counseling and supplies, pregnancy testing and non-biased counseling on pregnancy options, referrals for abortion, adoption, and prenatal care, annual gynecological exams, colposcopy and cryotherapy to screen and treat cervical conditions, instruction for breast self-exam, sexually transmitted infection testing and treatment, anonymous HIV testing/counseling, and mid-life services, including hormone replacement therapy.
914 NW 13th Street Gainesville, FL 32601
(352) 377-0881 (clinic)
(352) 376-9000 (education)
1240 NW 11th Avenue Gainesville, FL 32601
(352) 377-2709 (fax)
Pride Community Center of North Central Florida
The mission of the Pride Community Center of North Central Florida is to promote public understanding and acceptance of people of all gender expression or sexual orientation, regardless of race, ethnic background, nationality, spirituality, age or abilities. The center is created to foster and enhance the well being, unity and visibility of transgendered, bisexual, lesbian, and gay persons and people with related concerns. We are committed to provide the community with education and resources with an open and supportive environment to eliminate prejudice and discrimination in our neighborhoods. The community center opened its doors in March of 2002 and has quickly become a clearing house of information for the community. The Gay Switchboard is operated by the community center and various community organizations use the center for meetings and events. Information on various center programs and a calendar of community events is available on the website.
3131 NW 13th St, Ste 62, Gainesville, FL 32601
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 5383 Gainesville, FL 32627
Pride Student Union – University of Florida
The mission of the Pride Student Union is to create and maintain a safe and empowering space for students of marginalized sexualities and gender identities. We offer development opportunities in leadership and skills building, provide community and mentorship, and cultivate engaged, politically active students. PSU supports the many intersections of our community and works endlessly to give visibility to and advocate for LGBTQ+ students to UF administration and other campus entities.
300-48 J. Wayne Reitz Union Gainesville, FL 32611-8505
(352) 392-1665 x 326
Queer People of Color United
Queer People of Color United is a group at the University of Florida that provides a safe space for all students.
Stonewall Democrats of Alachua County
The Stonewall Democrats of Alachua County is a Florida nonprofit organization whose mission is to educate Democrats about lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) issues and to support LGBT and LGBT-friendly Democratic candidates. Meetings are held the 2nd Thursday of each month at 5:30 pm.
901 NW 8th Ave, Suite A-3
Transgender Gainesville Social Group
We exist to provide support, guidance and comfort to the transgender population in North Central Florida and their friends and families. Meetings are kept safe and confidential. Our group consists of a number of individuals with varying gender identities and from all walks of life. We welcome visitors to bring supporting friends, family and/or SOs.
We meet on the 3rd Monday of every month in the Community Meeting Room of the PCCNCF. Meetings start at 7:00 pm and generally go on until 8:30 pm. We often go to dinner together around town after meetings, giving the opportunity to go out dressed in your preferred gender with the safety of a group. We do not require anyone to be dressed in a certain manner.
UF/SFCC Campus NOW (National Organization for Women)
NOW is dedicated to fighting for the rights of women in the community and on college campuses. NOW believes that the roots of women’s problems are political, and that conditions can be improved by uniting and fighting in a public, political way. UF/SFCC Campus NOW, est. 1972 is one of the oldest chapters in NOW and was the first chapter organized on a college campus.
PO Box 2235 Gainesville, FL 32602
University of Florida Sexism and Homophobia Committee Deals with issues of discrimination on the campus and creates programs and initiatives to combat homophobia.
202 Peabody Hall University of Florida Gainesville, FL 32611
Director: Tiffany Richards
VIOLENT ASSAULT SURVIVORS
If you are in immediate danger, please CALL 9-1-1 before accessing any of the services below.
Safety Alert: Computer use can be monitored and is impossible to completely clear. If you are afraid your internet and/or computer usage might be monitored, please use a safer computer or call the Statewide Domestic Violence Hotline
Phone: (800) 500-1119
TTY: (800) 621-4202
Center for Sexual Assault/Abuse Recovery and Education
The Center for Sexual Assault/Abuse Recovery and Education, a part of Student Mental Health at the University of Florida’s Student Health Care Center, is committed to both awareness of and recovery from sexual and/or physical abuse. Confidential and free for students.
Student Infirmary, Room 245
(352) 392-1161, Ext. 4231
Gainesville Police Department – Domestic Violence Unit
Emergency: CALL 9-1-1
Detective Bruce Ferris (Sensitive to IPV victims): (352) 246-3562
Domestic violence hotline for men and women regardless of sexual orientation.
912 NE 2nd St, Gainesville FL 32601
(352) 377-8255 or 1-800-393-SAFE(7233)
Peaceful Paths Domestic Abuse Network
Valerie Malivuk – LGBT Advocate
24/7 hotline: 1-800-393-7233 OR (352) 377-8255
Outreach Services Office: (352) 377-5690
Rape Crime/Victim Advocate Program
(352) 377-RAPE (7273)
Sexual and Physical Abuse Resource Center (Women only)
The Source Program, Intimate Partner Violence Assistance Clinic (IPVAC)
Confidential Screening: (352) 273-0805
National Runaway Switchboard
This switchboard will not try to trace or apprehend the runaway. Youth and family members call 24 hours a day to work through problems and find local help from social service agencies and organizations. Some callers just need someone to talk to; others need help finding a shelter, food, medical assistance, or counseling. Some callers are on the streets, others are struggling with other issues and we work with them to identify options to prevent them from leaving their home, when possible and if appropriate.
SUBSTANCE ABUSE RECOVERY
Adult Children of Alcoholics/Dysfunctional Families
1521 NW 34th Street Gainesville, FL
2632 NW 43rd St # A-111 Gainesville, FL 32606
(352) 372-8091 – 24 hour line
Free to Be – Gay AA Group
7:30 PM – 8:30 PM Sundays at the Pride Community Center.
3131 NW 13th St, Gainesville FL
Ocala, Dunnellon, Belleview, McIntosh
PO BOX 12151 Gainesville, FL 32604
Gainesville area 24 hour helpline: (352) 376-8008
This program is for drug and alcohol treatment. It is free to those with a certain income.
SUICIDE AND CRISIS INTERVENTION
Alachua County Crisis Center
Callers with immediate and/or severe personal problems should be advised to call the crisis line immediately. They offer 24 hour/day counseling and suicide intervention services. During regular business hours (8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday), the Center offers short-term crisis counseling by appointment or on an emergency walk-in basis.
218 SE 24th Street Gainesville, FL 32641
Crisis line: (352) 264-6789
Business line: (352) 264-6785
SUPPORT FOR TEENS
Gainesville Equality Youth
General membership meetings Downtown Library on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month. Doors open at 6:00 pm
Indiana Youth Group
PO Box 20716 Indianapolis, IN 46220
2943 E. 46th St. (46th St. & Binford Blvd). Indianapolis, IN
(317) 545-8594 FAX
(800) 347-TEEN Hot Line
Taped counseling messages on many subjects.
These individuals or organizations have asked to be included as resources for the LGBT community. PCCNCF makes no representation as to their effectiveness and is not responsible for their services. Feel free to ask about their educational background, views on specific issues, length of time in practice, etc.
Donnelly and Gross
Employment law, labor, and discrimination
2421 NW 41st Street, Suite A-1, Gainesville FL, 32606
(352) 374-4001, Fax (352) 374-4046
Estate Planning, (i.e., writing wills probate issues, etc)
5200 NE 43rd Street Suite 102-303 Gainesville, FL 32606
The Pye Law Firm, PA
Thomas G. Pye, Esquire; Wills and Estates Law, Corporations and Business Law, Bankruptcy Law; Family Law (including domestic partnership agreements), Civil Rights, Criminal Law.
3909 W Newberry Road, Building C, Gainesville, FL 32607
(352) 381-9799 Fax: (352) 381-9726
McNeal Legal, LLC
Family law, child support, custody, divorce, marriage, alimony, adoption, paternity
527 East University Ave, Gainesville, FL, 32601
Wills, Estates, Family and Criminal Law.
204 W University Avenue, Suite 5, Gainesville, FL 32601
Southern Legal Counsel, Inc.
Handles discrimination issues.
1229 NW 12th Avenue, Gainesville, FL 32601-4113
(352) 271-8890, Fax: (352) 271-8347
The United Way Information and Referral Center
A 24-hour phone line of information and referrals of all types. If you are unsure of whom to call or where to turn, try this line
(352) 331-2800 ext. 211