Orlando City Commissioner Patty Sheehan goes up against new-to-politics Corey DeVogel for District 4

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ORLANDO | While most political eyes are set squarely on 2020’s election year, the City of Orlando is holding general elections Nov. 5 for mayor and several city council seats; including that of District 4, currently occupied by the city’s first openly LGBTQ commissioner Patty Sheehan.

Sheehan, who was first elected to the District 4 seat in 2000, is running for her sixth term. During Sheehan’s fifth term as a city commissioner, she helped to pass the Orlando Police Department’s Safe Place Initiative, which provides safe spots for those within the LGBTQ community throughout Orlando should they find themselves victims of crime. She also assisted in the creation of the Orlando Youth Empowerment Summit, which is a free conference dedicated to empowering LGBTQ youth and allies through education and support.

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Tampa Bay’s Overheard: Florida’s A-CARE-IUM

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The Florida Aquarium, in conjunction with the Tampa Police Department (TPD) and the City of Tampa, announced March 1 that it had officially been named as a safe space for victims of hate crimes and harassment in the city’s Safe Place Initiative.

“Life is vibrant and unique, and The Florida Aquarium is strongly committed to fostering and celebrating our planet’s diversity. Providing a safe refuge for community members across our diverse Tampa Bay region and beyond, we will always stand on the side of inclusion and justice,” the aquarium’s president and CEO Roger Germann’s statement reads. “We’re honored to be designated as a Safe Place by the Tampa Police Department as everyone is always welcome at The Florida Aquarium.”

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