A decal for protection? Oh, I’m sure that will work perfectly…
From Orlando Sentinel: On Monday, the six-month anniversary of the Pulse nightclub massacre, the city of Orlando kicks off an initiative designed to make lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people safer.
The Orlando Police Department will issue a new rainbow decal in the shape of a badge for offices, stores and organizations that want to participate. “This location is a SAFE PLACE for victims of anti-LGBTQ crimes and harassment to call 911 and wait for police to arrive,” it says.
The city has printed 500 of the 5-by-7-inch decals, and already, most city buildings have been outfitted with them, said police spokeswoman Michelle Guido. Orlando businesses and organizations are encouraged to take part and place decals on windows near their main entrances.
Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer, City Commissioner Patty Sheehan and police Chief John Mina plan to hold a news conference Monday at 12:15 p.m. at the LGBT Center of Central Florida on North Mills Avenue to kick off the initiative.
The program is patterned after one created by the Seattle Police Department last year. The Orlando decal is nearly identical to Seattle’s and the goal is similar: to provide temporary sanctuary for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people who feel threatened or have been the victims of crimes.
They can go inside and know it’s a safe place from which to call 911 or that someone there will place the call on their behalf. Seattle’s program also is designed to reduce bullying.
About a month after the Pulse shooting, the Orlando Police Department unveiled a police vehicle bearing the names of the victims and photos of a vigil to honor them. Lt. James “Jim” Young, a 19-year department veteran and former agency spokesman, is lead liaison to the LGBT community and drives the SUV.
Monday is the six-month anniversary of the massacre in which Omar Mateen, 29, a Fort Pierce security guard, killed 49 people and injured at least 68 others when he opened fire inside the gay nightclub June 12.