Central Florida LGBTQ+ Organizations Host Community Conversation on Public Safety

Across the United States LGBTQ+ communities have unfortunately been confronted with a rise in violence and an increase in hate crimes, with activists noting a national crisis with the alarming rates at which transgender people – particularly transgender women of color – experience violence and in some cases death. On July 25th the One Orlando Alliance, a coalition of over 30 LGBTQ+ member organizations in Central Florida, will be convening a community forum to discuss in an open and honest manner the need for more comprehensive measures to increase public safety for LGBTQ+ communities and to address racial and gender based violence against the community.

“Hate crimes and racial inequality are unfortunate realities that must be confronted. The LGBTQ+ community, particularly people of color, are disproportionately affected by violence and discrimination due to their identity. To truly realize a safe and inclusive community, we must focus on the challenges that the LGBTQ+ community faces,” said Jennifer Foster, Founding Executive Director of One Orlando Alliance.

Details are as follows:

  • What​: One Orlando Alliance Community Discussion on Public Safety
  • When​: Thursday, July 25, 2019 at 5:00pm – 7:30pm
  • Where​: Orlando City Police Department – 1250 W South Street, Orlando, FL 32805
  • Media​: ​http://orlandopublicsafety.eventbrite.com

Confirmed speakers include:

  • City of Orlando Police Chief Orlando Rolon
  • Undersheriff Mark Canty, Orange County Sheriff’s Office
  • Mildred Duprey de Robles, Community Relations Service, Department of Justice
  • Vivian Rodriguez, Executive Director of Gay Officers Action League of Central Florida
  • Heather Wilke, Executive Director of Zebra Coalition
  • Nikole Parker, Community Relations Manager of onePULSE Foundation
  • Gina Duncun, Director of Transgender Equality of Equality Florida Institute, Inc.
  • Christopher J. Cuevas, Executive Director of QLatinx

Contact: Jennifer Foster, One Orlando Alliance
jfoster@oneorlandoalliance.org // (321) 299-8531

About One Orlando Alliance

One Orlando Alliance is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to unify and empower LGBTQ+ organizations in Central Florida. The coalition includes over 40 organizations working together to transform Central Florida into a safe and inclusive community where all LGBTQ+ people can thrive. For more information, go to www.oneorlandoalliance.org.