Harvey Milk Festival http://www.harveymilkfestival.org Supporting diversity and promoting equality for the LGBTQ community. Thu, 13 Aug 2015 23:36:46 +0000 en-US hourly 1 FEEL TWICE AS NICE ABOUT GIVING http://www.harveymilkfestival.org/2015/08/feel-twice-as-good-about-giving/ http://www.harveymilkfestival.org/2015/08/feel-twice-as-good-about-giving/#comments Thu, 13 Aug 2015 20:27:51 +0000 http://www.harveymilkfestival.org/?p=4788


We hope you will join us! Opportunities await when you donate during the giving challenge. Your donation could double.

Harvey Milk Festival, Inc. is excited to be part of The Community Foundation of Sarasota’s 2015 Giving Challenge!



The Giving Partner click here to learn more.
During the 2015 Giving Challenge, The Patterson Foundation will provide a 1:1 match for each new online donor’s contributions – up to $250 per new donor, per organization.

Giving Partner Challenge STARTS on Tuesday September 1st at NOON until NOON Wednesday, September 2nd

How to participate:
1) Log on to“Giving Challenge” anytime from
Noon on September 1st until Noon on September 2nd.

2) Search for “Harvey Milk Festival, Inc”

3) Make your online gift of $25 or more. Donors who did not give to HMF in last year’s Giving Challenge will be matched up to $250!

4) Encourage all your friends & family to support Harvey Milk Festival as well! All gifts made between noon to noon (EST) on September 1st & 2nd will be matched. You can make larger gifts if you would like and can utilize more than one credit or debit card to ensure each gift is matched.

The 2015 Giving Challenge is made possible by the Community Foundation of Sarasota County and The Patterson Foundation with support from the William G. and Marie Selby Foundation, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Manatee Community Foundation, and the Herald-Tribune Media Group.

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Harvey Milk Festival is throwing a PARTY! July 11 http://www.harveymilkfestival.org/2015/06/harvey-milk-festival-is-throwing-a-party-july-11/ http://www.harveymilkfestival.org/2015/06/harvey-milk-festival-is-throwing-a-party-july-11/#comments Sat, 20 Jun 2015 13:33:27 +0000 http://www.harveymilkfestival.org/?p=4733
HMF Fundraiser

Harvey Milk Festival is throwing another party..
We’re in a bit of a financial bind. Due to the rain this year, we’ve suffered a major loss in revenue. We rely heavily on concession sales to pay the bills.Now we are throwing a party to keep things moving forward. Come join us and show your support.



JULY 11, 2015


THROB Nightclub




DJ Imminent

DJ Imminent










We will have this year’s merchandise available for purchase and donations are greatly appreciated. We have canvas totes, tank tops/t-shirts, koozies, sunglasses, buttons, stickers and posters. Also, taking orders on shirts from prior years.

All proceeds will benefit Harvey Milk Festival.
A 501c(3) organization

MeteorEYES- www.meteoreyes.us
Formed in 2008, MeteorEYES is an indie-synth-electro-pop-rock quartet from Sarasota, Florida. The band’s music is comprised of dance filled beats outlined with catchy melodies. ‘We are guitar tones painting portraits with your ears…bass filled keys leaning forward to keep the room moving.’ Fronted by queer activist Shannon Fortner, MeteorEYES delivers a message of adventure and equality. The band’s latest EP Neon Waters features the Florida-tinged single ‘Pelicans.’

With special guest, DJ Imminent
Dj Imminent begin his career over 14 years ago with a set of belt-driven turntables and a friends old stack of wax. He hasn’t looked back since! Dj Imminent reps Florida to the fullest and has embraced his home state’s mixed culture & musical influences.. He has spent time gaining experience with these different types of music and it shines through in his quick and aggressive mixes. Imminent is comfortable playing ANY style and is known to bring many of them together in one Dj set. Hip-Hop, Dubstep, Breaks, House, Jungle, Reggae, Latin, R&B, and Downtempo music all find a place in Imminent’s arsenal.

Throb Map

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Harvey Milk Festival 2015 Photos http://www.harveymilkfestival.org/2015/06/harvey-milk-festival-2015-photos/ http://www.harveymilkfestival.org/2015/06/harvey-milk-festival-2015-photos/#comments Sun, 14 Jun 2015 18:03:58 +0000 http://www.harveymilkfestival.org/?p=4715 Photos Courtesy of DJWCPhoto.com and on Facebook

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2015 HMF Vendor Booths http://www.harveymilkfestival.org/2015/05/2015-hmf-vendor-booths/ http://www.harveymilkfestival.org/2015/05/2015-hmf-vendor-booths/#comments Wed, 13 May 2015 02:15:39 +0000 http://www.harveymilkfestival.org/?p=4456 Thank you to all the Vendors and Sponsors who will be displaying their wares and organizations at the 2015 Harvey Milk Festival.




Equality Florida

Equality Florida

The Indigo Owl

The Indigo Owl

American Civil Liberties Union

Florida Veterans For Common Sense

Kelly Love Designs

Florida Mentors

It Works! Global

Embraccing Our Differences 

Nova Sango Studios

The Rainbow Knot

Equality Florida

ADT Security Service SW Florida

Una Voce: The Florida Men’s Chorale

Jewish Family Services

Democratic Club of Sarasota/Stonewall Democrats

The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee

WSLR Radio

Tradewinds Resort St. Petersburg, FL

Bark and Bath Pet Grooming and Supply

Gayest Store On Earth

Britelites Color

Gorrita Designs Art

World Treasures of Naples

Players Theater 

Half Glass Full

Clotheline Tee Shirt Design

STAND Club President USF Sarasota Manatee

Prism Youth Initiative/Manatee Pride

Hotel Indigo

Camp Bow Wow

Doll Face

Indigo Owl

Canned Ham Vintage

Unitarian Universalist Church of Sarasota

Open Door Acupuncture 

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The Equality Gallery 2015 http://www.harveymilkfestival.org/2015/05/the-equality-gallery-2015/ http://www.harveymilkfestival.org/2015/05/the-equality-gallery-2015/#comments Tue, 12 May 2015 16:46:52 +0000 http://www.harveymilkfestival.org/?p=4414 Sarasota, FL (May 2015) – The Harvey Milk Festival Equality Gallery will be on view at the HuB in Sarasota, Florida from May 15 – May 29, 2015. An opening reception will take place on May 15 from 7:00pm – 11:00pm. Visitors to the gallery will experience two- and three-dimensional artworks exploring themes of identity, sexuality, and the queer movement. The Equality Gallery is curated by Natalya Swanson, Gallery Director, and Amanda Farrell.

Original artwork © Kelly Boehmer

Original artwork © Kelly Boehmer

Opening Reception: May 15, 2015 (7pm-11pm)
The Hub, 1680 Fruitville Rd, Third Floor

Exhibiting artists include:

Kelly Boehmer
Rob Demperio
Ella Dizdarevic
Zach Gilliland
Ailen Gorrita
Keith Losh
Daniel Miller
Matthew Pecson
Leslie Reed
Alex Reynoso
Kale Roberts
Tom Ruthz
Tyler Staggs
John Suarez
Natalya Swanson
Susan Vertich
Joni Younkins-Herzog

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GCCF VOLUNTEER PHOTO CONTEST http://www.harveymilkfestival.org/2015/04/gccf-volunteer-photo-contest/ http://www.harveymilkfestival.org/2015/04/gccf-volunteer-photo-contest/#comments Thu, 23 Apr 2015 20:54:31 +0000 http://www.harveymilkfestival.org/?p=4320
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Celebrate National Volunteer Month with our Volunteer HMF Photo Contest!
How does it work?
We want to see volunteers in action! Upload your favorite volunteer photos. Readers will vote on their favorite photo, and the winner will earn a cash gift for the local 501(c)(3) charity of their choice.

Voting takes place from April 24 to April 28. The winners will be announced on April 30.
Grand Prize $1,500 | Second Prize $1,000 | Third Prize $500 for the local 501(c)(3) charity of their choice.
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Guest Bartender Fundraiser for HMF April 23rd@ The Shamrock http://www.harveymilkfestival.org/2015/04/guest-bartender-fundraiser-for-hmf/ http://www.harveymilkfestival.org/2015/04/guest-bartender-fundraiser-for-hmf/#comments Sun, 12 Apr 2015 18:40:42 +0000 http://www.harveymilkfestival.org/?p=4187 The Shamrock, 2257 Ringling Blvd, Sarasota, FL 34237
Thursday, April 23 at 7:00pm – 10:00pm

“Get a taste of the tease that BLACK DIAMOND BURLESQUE is known for. Special appearances and performances by your favorite Dames and Dandies!”

Black Diamond Burlesque presents Peep Show

Hosted by Sarasota Music Scene, Black Diamond Burlesque, and Shamrock Pub.


Special Guest Bartenders have been invited to Man the Taps, all proceeds from the evening go to benefit The 6th Annual Harvey Milk Festival

DJ David Curran will be spinning your favorite party hits from era’s past

Food Truck Southern Smoke BBQ Catering will be servin’ up some tasty BBQ!!!

A Raffle will be held featuring some really cool donations from local businesses.

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HMF Fundraiser @ Growler’s Pub April 26th http://www.harveymilkfestival.org/2015/04/hmf-fundraiser-growlers-pub-april-26th/ http://www.harveymilkfestival.org/2015/04/hmf-fundraiser-growlers-pub-april-26th/#comments Sun, 12 Apr 2015 17:57:40 +0000 http://www.harveymilkfestival.org/?p=4176 “Bingo For Equality”

Get your Tickets NOW!! April 26 at HMF Sponsor Growlers Sarasota
‘Bingo for Equality’ Starring Sarasota’s Queens of Bingo
Hosted By HMF 2015 Sponsors Growlers (Craft Brew) Pub and Sarasota Music Scene @GrowlersPub @SRQMusicScene @BenevaF

Special Music Guest ‘Scrape Rockers’ Teach Me Equals

Featuring: Miss Beneva Fruitville Queen of Drag Queen Bingo Actress, Comedian, TV Personality Hostess with the Mostess… and some balls and Felicity Liemont Roxx of the Seven Seas

Baja Boys Grill 2014 BEST Food Truck will be Serving up Tasty Tacos and MexiCali Treats

We will also have A fabulous HMF Raffle

Entry Fee $10 Donation All Proceeds Go to Benefit The 2015 Harvey Milk Festival (Includes Bingo Cards)

TICKETS AVAILABLE on EVENTBRITE http://www.eventbrite.com/e/bingo-for-equality-tickets-1642…

Get $5.00 off your FIRST Drink With
Event Brite Ticket


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Harvey Milk Festival Scholarship Program 2014/2015 http://www.harveymilkfestival.org/2015/04/harvey-milk-festival-scholarship-program-2015/ http://www.harveymilkfestival.org/2015/04/harvey-milk-festival-scholarship-program-2015/#comments Wed, 08 Apr 2015 18:53:36 +0000 http://www.harveymilkfestival.org/?p=4208 HARVEY MILK SCHOLARSHIP  2014/2015

DEADLINE May 16th, 2015  

Thank you for your efforts in cultivating awareness and support for Sarasota’s LGBTQ community.

We recently invited all Sarasota County high schools to participate in our first annual scholarship program.

We have been awarded a college scholarship grant for $1000 from the Community Foundation and would like to make the opportunity available to members of your high school’s LGBTQ alliance by way of participating in an essay contest.

The contest intends to educate the youth through research and creative writing of Harvey Milk’s legacy and the impact he made on the civil-rights movement and LGBTQ youth.

All Sarasota County LGBTQ high-school students are invited to write an essay in order for a chance to win the $1000 scholarship.

Click the link below for more information.



Thank you,
Shannon Fortner & The Board of Directors

This program is made possible by The Community Foundation, Our Sarasota Fund & McCauley- Brown Fund

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Band Line Up http://www.harveymilkfestival.org/2015/04/band-line-up/ http://www.harveymilkfestival.org/2015/04/band-line-up/#comments Wed, 08 Apr 2015 00:37:26 +0000 http://www.harveymilkfestival.org/?p=4154  The 6th Annual Harvey Milk Festival (HMF) will take place May    16, 2015, culminating in a 10 band concert at Five Points Park in  historic Sarasota Florida. The mission of HMF is to honor and celebrate the life of Harvey Milk, one of the first openly gay Americans elected to public office, by fostering emerging talent in musicians and artists who support diversity and reject discrimination.

Ken Shelin of Equality Florida will be our key note speaker.

Shakira Refos will return as our Emcee.

The Festival will begin at 2:30pm with an Opening Ceremony featuring Suzanne Atwell.

2:40pm-3:10pm Jami Gee

3:25pm-3:55pm Red Feather

4:10pm-4:40pm Chasing Jonah

4:55pm-5:35pm Beach Day

5:50pm-6:30pm Amythyst Kiah & Her Chest of Glass

6:30pm-6:45pm Keynote Speaker: Ken Shelin

6:45pm-7:30pm Lost Lander

7:45pm- 8:30pm MeteorEYES

8:45pm-9:35pm Kodak to Graph

9:35pm-9:50pm Candlelight Vigil

9:50pm-10:45pm Yip Deceiver

11pm-11:55pm Bright Light Bright Light

11:55pm-12am Closing Ceremony


The HMF MUSIC official after party will be held at THROB Nightclub.

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