Marc Espeso, LGBTQ Liaison, Orange County

By : Mayor Jerry L. Demings, Orange County
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We strive to make Orange County a place that truly works for everyone.

Marc Espeso wholeheartedly embraces our diverse community because he is proudly a part of it. He works with me, and all Orange County staff members, to ensure everyone has a seat at the table and all residents have a voice in my administration.

He brings a unique perspective, not only as a proud member of the LGBTQ+ community, but as an Asian-American, downtown Orlando resident and a young communications professional – at 29 years old. But more importantly, he cares about the community in which he serves and is a dedicated public servant.

For several years, he has volunteered with Come Out With Pride Orlando and currently serves on its board as communications director. This year’s parade and festival recently celebrated its highest attendance on record. Additionally, he has worked with the One Orlando Alliance to produce its 2018 Annual Report, Alliance Agenda: 10 issues affecting LGBTQ+ inclusiveness in Central Florida, as well as its Acts of Love and Kindness campaign for the third-year remembrance of Pulse.

His activism and dedication to the LGBTQ+ community are apparent in everything he does. Marc works to continue to meet with residents and find out exactly what the major concerns of the community are, and how Orange County can assist. He is a top-notch communicator who understands the importance of strength through collaboration and gaining various perspectives.

As the first official LGBTQ+ liaison in Orange County, the position is long overdue, but will continue to be necessary as we work to serve citizens and promote inclusiveness. Thank you to Watermark for recognizing key players in the LGBTQ+ community, like Marc. We are a strong community because of our diversity and inclusion.

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