The Rex Maniscalco Collection

The Rex Maniscalco Collection contains photographs, negatives, and VHS recordings pertaining to Tampa’s LGBT culture and community. The collection reflects the development of a national visibility of gay and lesbian lives throughout the 1990s and early 2000s more generally. It is comprised of photographs of the LGBT community taken by Rex Maniscalco from the 1980s to 2000s. Captured in the images in this collection are Tampa Bay’s early Pride picnics, Pride Festivals in downtown Tampa and Ybor City, the Tampa Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, the Tampa AIDSwalk, other major gay events such as Southern Decadence in New Orleans, LA and Beach Fest in Daytona, protests and rallies, and many other social gatherings and political events. This collection also contains video recordings of major political events and organizations in Tampa including County Commission and City Council vote to include sexual orientation in the city’s human rights ordinance in 1991, the 1993 March on Washington, organizational meetings of the Human Rights Task Force. Maniscalco’s collection also includes video recordings of local and national talk shows and television shows. Access the finding aid from the University of South Florida Library Special Collections.

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