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Orange County Announces Rainbow 25 Sea-to-Sea Flag On Display at Orange County Administration Building
Orange County, Fla. – In tribute to the lives lost at the Pulse Nightclub shooting and in support of freedom lovers worldwide, Section 93 of the Sea-to-Sea Rainbow Flag will once again be on display at the Orange County (Florida) Administration Building in Orlando, beginning Monday, June 12. Mark Ebenhoch, Executive Director of Hope, Unity & Global Equality, Inc., will accompany the flag (Sect. 93). Last June, Section 93 was also displayed at the County Administration and this year it will be displayed for at least one week.
The Sea-to-Sea Flag has become a globally-recognized symbol of the LGBTQ movement and symbolizes acceptance, understanding, education, solidarity and inclusion.
WHAT: The original rainbow flag was designed by San Francisco artist Gilbert Baker in 1978 as a symbol of gay and lesbian pride in response to anti-gay activities. In the spring of 2003, Baker and a team of volunteers cut and sewed a 1.25-mile-long version of the flag in Key West, to celebrate the iconic banner’s 25th anniversary. On June 15, 2003, some 2,000 volunteers unfurled the flag from the Atlantic Ocean to the Gulf of Mexico along the entire length of Duval Street, in a sea-to-sea representation of pride and diversity. Section 93 has since traveled worldwide.
WHAT: Commemorative Ceremony
WHO: Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs, Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer, Commissioner Patty Sheehan, Barbara Poma, faith leaders, LGBTQ leaders, elected officials
WHERE: Orange County Administration Building – Rosalind Avenue Courtyard
201 S. Rosalind Ave., Orlando, FL 32801
WHEN: Monday, June 12 at 10 a.m.
Doreen Overstreet, APR
Public Information Officer
Orange County Government
201 S. Rosalind Avenue, 3rd Floor
Orlando, FL 32801