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Orange County Mayor 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.

About Orange County Government: Orange County Government strives to serve its citizens and guests with integrity, honesty, fairness and professionalism. Located in Central Florida, Orange County includes 13 municipalities and is home to world-famous theme parks, the nation’s second-largest convention center, and a thriving life science research park. Seven elected members make up the Board of County Commissioners including the Mayor who is elected countywide. For more information, please visit www.OCFL.net or go to the Orange County Facebook and Twitter pages.

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