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After Orlando: What can you do today?

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Shannon Cuttle

Those that want to help the victims of the mass shooting in Orlando can take action both online and off and find support services. We’ve put together some suggestions and information about local events happening around the world tonight to support the victims of the tragedy.

Victims’ Donation Fund

Equality Florida has set up a GoFundMe page to help support the mass shooting victims in Orlando.

Blood Donations

To find the local blood donation center near you please visit www.oneblood.org. The blood centers are requesting all donors make an appointment.

Water and Dry Goods

The Center serving the LGBT community in Orlando will be accepting donations of water and dry goods to donate to local blood centers and various counseling sites. Donations may be accepted at 946 N. Mills Ave., Orlando, FL 32803.

Local Hotline and Resources

Family, friends and coworkers of the mass shooting, the city of Orlando has set up a hotline, meet up location and resources.

·      Hotline to check on loved ones (407)-246-4357

·      Reunion spot has been set up at the Hampton Inn at 43 Columbia St., Orlando, 32806 to be reunited with loved ones.

·      Anyone visiting the Orlando Regional Medical Center should check in at North Tower 52 Underwood St., with identification.

Counseling and Community Support Services

The Center serving the LGBT community in Orlando will be offering immediate emergency crisis counseling and support available in both English and Spanish. Support is available in person Monday-Friday at the First Unitarian Church of Orlando from 10am-7pm. Counseling services will also be available at Miracle of Love, 741 W. Colonial Dr, between 11am-3pm and at Hispanic Family Counseling, 6900 S. Orange Blossom Trail, Suite 402, Orlando Florida, 32809.

If those who are unable to seek support in person a crisis hotline is available in both English and Spanish at (407)-822-5036 (Press 1), and (407) 228-1446.

The Heart of Florida United Way has a 24/7 crisis and support hotline available 24/7 Dial 2-1-1.

The Victim Service Center of Central Orlando has a support hotline available at (407) 497-6701.

The Trevor Project offers LGBTQ youth free safe space to talk and get support on the Trevor Lifeline 1-866-488-7386 available 24/7.

The New York Anti-violence Project Hotline is available 24/7 in both English and Spanish at (212) 714-1141.

The Trans Lifeline offers a volunteer staffed helpline for transgender people in crisis or in need of support 1-877-565-8860.  Hours in operation may vary, please check the website for availability.

LGBT HealthLink is a network of health resources and information for health service providers.

How to Find Your Local LGBT Community Center or Equality Organization

To find a listing of local LGBT Community Center near you www.lgbtcenters.org  or local equality organization at www.equalityfederation.org.

LGBTQ Youth and Family Support

The Zebra Coalition is a network of organizations in Florida that support LGBTQ youth ages 13-24.

The Orlando Youth Alliance is a safe and affirming space for LGBTQ youth ages 13-24. The Orlando Youth Alliance group meetings are every Tuesday at 6:15 at the Reeves United Methodist Church, 1100 N. Ferncreek Ave, Orlando, FL 32803.

Lakeland Youth Alliance group meetings are every Wednesday at St. David’s Episcopal Church, 145 Edgewood Drive, Lakeland, FL Seminole Youth Alliance group meetings are every Thursday at 6:15 pm at the Casselberry Library on Oxford Street.

GLSEN Orlando

PFLAG Orlando

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