Thursday, July 14, 2016

::Helping Loved Ones Cope with Tragedy:: #HealOrlando

::momma disclosure:: informational post, content provided by Edelman communications. 

We realize that all of the events happening in the U.S. are difficult to speak about and to share. In an effort to actively support those affected in Orlando, a new LGBTQ Alliance which launched a support website to offer help to the surrounding communities and resources for those affected by the tragedy at Pulse.

Please help spread the word. The Alliance and the website were announced a few weeks back and a full media statement is below with founding partners.

To ensure that the community has the support needed after the tragedy, also helping is  Dr. David Baker Hargrove, President/CEO of Two Spirit Health Services (a local non-profit in Orlando), who can provide guidance about the Pulse Tragedy, providing you with on-the-ground insights/tips for healthy ways both gay and straight Americans can mentally and emotionally process this horrible event, whether it’s now, two months from now, or two years from nowDr. David provided mental health support to the FDNY and NYPD at World Trade Center Ground Zero following the September 11th terrorist attacks and brings 21 years of experience to this arena, providing you with expert insights during these tough times.  

Two Spirits has offered their services to the community, already helping hundreds of people who have been struggling in the immediate aftermath of the shooting - a number that we would anticipate actually increase as the shock wears off and other emotions, such as fear, anger and vulnerability begin to set in. More importantly, there is still a very serious on-the-ground need for counseling services who can be available to those who need them most, even if it’s traveling to a victims’ home or place of worship.

Orlando, Florida, June 18, 2016 - In the hours after the tragic Pulse nightclub attack of June 12th, 2016, LGBTQ leaders in Orlando came together to form The LGBTQ Alliance.  The LGBTQ Alliance is unified in support of the LGBTQ community and Hispanic communities and the City of Orlando. The Alliance grieves with the parents, partners, siblings, children and friends who lost their loved ones.

In a spirit of unity and recovery, the LGBTQ Alliance created The HealOrlando Project to help survivors and victims’ families get the help they need.

By visiting, community members can seek necessary resources or offer their assistance.
The LGBTQ Alliance and the HealOrlando Project will be formally announced this evening at the Orlando City Soccer game starting at 7:30 pm EST, at the Orlando Citrus Bowl.

The LGBTQ Alliance comes together with support from the below:




Orlando (Florida), 18 de junio de 2016 – Tras el ataque en la discoteca Pulse el pasado 12 de junio, los líderes de la comunidad LGBTQ se han unido para formar la Alianza LGBTQ, para ofrecer apoyo a las comunidades hispana yLGBTQ, y a la ciudad de Orlando. Esta coalición se une al duelo de padres, parejas, hermanos, hijos y amigos por la pérdida de sus seres queridos. En el espíritu de unidad y recuperación, la Alianza LGBTQ lanza hoy el ProyectoHealOrlando, con el fin de que sobrevivientes y familiares de las víctimas reciban la ayuda necesaria.

Al visitar, la comunidad tendrá acceso a diferentes recursos y también podrá ofrecer su ayuda. La Alianza LGBTQ y el Proyecto HealOrlando serán anunciados formalmente esta noche durante el partido de fútbol entre Orlando City y San Jose Earthquakes en el estadio Citrus Bowl a las 7:3O p.m (hora estándar del este).

La Alianza LGBTQ está conformada por las siguientes organizaciones:

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