Humanizing Our Future

Orlando embraces its LGBTQ+ community.  After the tragic Pulse Nightclub Massacre on June 12, 2016, our community responded with love, kindness and compassion.  

We are Orlando Strong, where love is greater than hate.

LGBTQ+ Youth in the US in 2020, ages 13-24 years old: 

40% have seriously considered suicide

68% had symptoms of generalized anxiety disorder

55% had symptoms of major depressive disorder

48% have engaged in self-harm

(Source: The Trevor Project 2020)

Protect LGBTQ+ community from discrimination.  Enact the Equality Act and end discrimination against LGBTQ+ people in housing, public accommodations, education, and federal programs.

Expand mental health and suicide prevention services.  Recognize that many LGBTQ+ people may benefit from these services 

Support and protect organizations that provide services to LGBTQ+ youth.  Many of these youth are experiencing bullying and disapproval from their families. 

Ensure that LGBTQ+ community has support for its members of underrepresented groups.  Many stakeholders who identify as part of this community are from minority or disadvantaged groups and need additional support and a voice in the ongoing conversation about equity and fairness.