(WM)Equality Florida has announced two opportunities for young LGBT artists to showcase their talents.

sfgnWatermarkEqualityFLARtShowLGBTyouth162020In the wake of the mass shooting at Orlando’s Pulse nightclub on June 12, 2016, Equality Florida committed to honor the victims with action,” the organization shared. “Our Safe and Healthy Schools Program is aimed to end LGBT bias where it begins, in our schools. By helping our schools and educators create safe spaces for LGBT youth, students feel welcomed, supported and can thrive.”

“Equality Florida wants to create a platform to showcase and celebrate young LGBT+ artists,” organizers continued. “We want them to feel safe to express who they are through their art and in their life.”

Tampa Bay LGBT+ artists who are 18 and under are invited to participate in Equality Florida’s free LGBT+ Youth Art Workshop on Feb. 1 from 12:30–3:30 p.m. at the Florida CraftArt Gallery. Tampa Bay fan favorite artist and Diversity Arts Founder John Gascot will lead participants in creating a mixed media collage piece for Equality Florida’s upcoming Equality Shuffle and LGBT+ Youth Art Show.

The free show is scheduled for Feb. 23 from noon until 3 p.m. at the St. Petersburg Shuffleboard Club. LGBT+ artists 21 and under are encouraged to participate and interpret the show’s theme of “Safe” through a youthful LGBT lense.

Equality Florida St. Petersburg Steering Committee Chair Jennie O’Leary shared details via social media, seen to the left...

Each artist may submit up to two pieces for consideration by Feb. 12. For more information about or to sign up for the workshop, click here. For more information about the art show, click here. Interested parties may also visit the Equality Shuffle & LGBT Youth Art Show event page or contact O’Leary at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..