RESOURCE CENTER NAMES THREE
BRANCHOUT SCHOLARS for 2023-2024
Bryan Hinkson, June Parlett Norsworthy and Jamie Riley
receive $2000 scholarships from the LGBTQ Resource Center
"Knowledge is at the heart of the LGBQ Resource Center's
mission," says Board President Susan Gore. "Thanks to
the Raymond James Pride Inclusion Network, we are able to offer
three $2000 scholarships this year for LGBTQ students' continuing
Two unique things about BranchOUT scholarships are that
they may be used for any accredited educational program, not
just university, and there is no upper age limit for participating.
Bryan Hinkson is a proud Suncoast Softball Hall of Fame
member and graduate of George Mason University in TV and Radio
Broadcasting. His voice is familiar to night owls who faithfully
tune into the award-winning Big Gay Radio Show from midnight
to 3 a.m. on WMNF 88.5 FM. There, Bryan and cohosts Esme Russell
and Chris Gorman talk, entertain, and discuss community issues
on the only LGBTQIA+ show in Tampa. Bryan is also a Graphic
Design Intern at Cox Media. He will use his scholarship to complete
studies at St. Petersburg College with the goal of becoming
a full-time Graphic Designer.
June Parlett Norsworthy has spent more than 50 years
documenting lesbian lives and art by women who had been left
out of history. Subjects have ranged from fine artists to the
Michigan Womyn's Music Festival and TIGLFF. For 37 years June
supported herself, her daughter and her passion, photography,
as a Registered Nurse. Now in retirement, June completed the
Digital Photography Certificate Program at St. Petersburg College
in May 2023. Her goal is to raise awareness of lesbians' contributions
to art and music through online images and videos.
Jamie Riley's path has led from anthropology, PR, and
teaching elementary school in Korea, North Carolina and Taiwan
to a new direction, studying for an MDiv in Interfaith Chaplaincy.
He is currently a Chaplain Intern at BayCare Hospital, with
the goal of becoming, in his words, "a visibly queer Buddhist
hospital chaplain." Riley also performs stand-up at Spitfire
Comedy Club in St. Petersburg.
More information and scholarship info for 2024-2025 available