Orlando shops designate themselves a ‘Safe Place’ for the LGBTQ community

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ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) – Officials in Orlando are launching a program allowing businesses to designate themselves as safe places for LGBTQ people if they feel threatened.

City officials will begin distributing decals Dec. 12 to local businesses to post in their windows identifying them as places members of the LGBTQ community can go if they feel they are in jeopardy.

The rainbow-colored decals are in the shape of a police badge and say, “Safe Place.”

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The program is starting on the six-month anniversary of the massacre at the Pulse nightclub.

Forty-nine people were killed and dozens more seriously injured in the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history.

Seattle was the first city to adopt this type of program, and Orlando is the first city to do so in the southeast.

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