The fifth annual Orlando Youth Empowerment Summit unites LGBTQ youth

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ABOVE: City of Orlando’s Diversity, Inclusion and Equity Senior Specialist Felipe Sousa-Rodriguez gives a speech at the Orlando Youth Summit at Valencia College – West Campus. Photo by Melanie Ararat

ORLANDO | LGBTQ youth, organizations and allies were able to network, engage in interactive workshops and listen to community leaders for the fifth annual Orlando Youth Empowerment Summit (OYES) at Valencia College – West Campus on Nov. 3. A special appearance was made by Orange County Mayor and School Board Chair-Elect Teresa Jacobs.

“It’s important for our youth, our educators and our professionals to all come together and talk about the best ways to help our youth as they discover who they are and how they can make sure that they can live their authentic selves in our community,” Jacobs says.

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Equality Florida brings transgender workplace training to Orlando

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ABOVE: Gina Duncan speaking at an Equality Florida event at Orlando City Hall in 2015. Photo by Dana Ng

ORLANDO | Equality Florida will host the organization’s Transgender Dynamics in the Workplace workshop at the Orlando Regional Chamber of Commerce on Oct. 16.

The workshop includes a panel discussion with corporate leaders, as well as an appearance from Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer. The event looks to educate attendees on transgender workplace issues and concerns, as well as offer ways to improve policies and protocols for transgender employees.

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New Pulse lawsuit announced days before massacre’s 2-year mark

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ORLANDO | A civil rights lawsuit was filed in federal court June 7 by more than 35 Pulse survivors and family members against Orlando police officers and the City of Orlando just days before the two-year mark of the nightclub tragedy.

In a press conference, attorney Solomon Radner, with three of the lawsuit’s plaintiffs, spoke to a room of reporters on the reasons the lawsuit was being filed.

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Two years later many groups, individuals will honor and remember those affected by the Pulse tragedy

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ABOVE:  The Pulse memorial will be one of several locations with events June 12.

ORLANDO | It’s been nearly two years since our community woke to the news that a gunman entered one of our LGBTQ nightclubs in downtown Orlando on Latin Night with a semi-automatic rifle and handgun. 49 patrons were killed and another 53 injured while they danced, drank and celebrated with friends and family.

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THE HOMELESS BANQUET

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 The Homeless Banquet is the first of its kind in Orlando. In 2016, through a collaborative effort of One Race Human Race, the City of Orlando represented by Commissioner Regina Hill and Amerigroup, we served more than 200 people and are looking to increase that number this year.

 

This banquet was established by One Race Human Race, an Orlando based community outreach campaign designed to provide food, clothing and hygiene products to the homeless. Our mission is to promote equality by treating each other as human beings regardless of social, physical, economic or culture differences.

 

The Homeless Banquet is dedicated to the homeless and displaced families in our Orlando community and will include a gourmet meal, resource fair, diverse entertainment and a Kids Zone. There is also an opportunity for local businesses that serve and assist the homeless to showcase their services and products at our resource fair.

 

 

This heartfelt event will be held on:

 

Saturday, November 11, 2017

J.B. Callahan Neighborhood Center

101 N Parramore Ave, Orlando, FL 32801

11am to 2pm (Resource Fair at 10am-12pm)

New fence around Pulse will commemorate victims

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Pulse nightclub will be receiving a new fence around it’s perimeter that will be put up with the combined effort of the Pulse owners, the City of Orlando, the Downtown South Main Street District and the Orange County Regional History Center, according to a press release.

The fence will be erected Sept. 19, and will feature a wrap to showcase art from local artists.

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History Center begins One Orlando Memorial Collection

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Members of the Orange County Regional History Center are starting to remove items from memorial sites at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, as part of the One Orlando Collection Initiative.

Mayor Theresa Jacobs explained during the June 27 inauguration that the City of Orlando is partnering with the History Center to remove and preserve items from memorial sites for the Pulse shooting victims around the city.

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Lawsuits filed over possible release of Pulse shooting 911 calls

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Two lawsuits are filed in Orange County in an attempt to clarify the potential public release of 911 calls related to the Pulse shooting.

The first lawsuit, filed by the City of Orlando June 23, asks the Orange County court to clarify how the City should proceed with the recordings of 603 calls made to 911 during the Pulse shooting and four calls between emergency services and the shooter, Omar Mateen. According to their lawsuit, which names the Associated Press as a defendant, the City hasn’t yet released the calls “out of respect for the Pulse shooting victims and their families.”

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