Parents of Pulse shooting victim matching donations for counseling services cut from state budget
ORLANDO, Fla. — The parents of a Pulse shooting victim are working to help fund mental health services for those still dealing with the effects of the tragedy after Gov. Ron DeSantis axed money to keep those services going from the state budget. DeSantis cut $150,000 in funding for the LGBT+ Center Orlando, which would have gone toward mental health and counseling services for Pulse shooting survivors and families. READ: Photographer shares dozens of new images taken at Pulse, aftermathTheir campaign runs through the end of the month. Photos: See inside the new exhibit commemorating 5 years since Pulse nightclub shootingClick here for more information on how to donate.wftv.com
Orange County schools: LGBTQ students are safe, accepted
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. - October has been designed LGBTQ Awareness Month by Orange County Public Schools. According to Mary Bridges, executive director of student services at OCSP, 16% of their students identify as LGBTQ. Bridges says the goal is to make sure all students know they are safe and accepted at school. The Zebra Coalition assists OCPS with training teachers and faculty on how to be allies and how to support LGBTQ students. If you'd like to volunteer or make a donation to the Zebra Coalition, visit their website at zebrayouth.org.