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Boricuas in Orlando Report

Boricuas in Orlando 2020 Report

Published: March 27, 2020

Author(s): Mónica Socarrás

Region: Central Florida

The goal of this assessment is to be able to identify the needs of Central Florida's Puerto Rican community following the category 5 storm Hurricane Maria that hit Puerto Rico with devastating effects in September 2017.

We hope to accomplish this through an honest evaluation, where participants shared their experiences and their ability access community and  resources. This assessment was made possible by funding from the Contigo Fund and the Emergent Fund. Highlights from the report include:

  • A significant portion of participants identified a lack of culturally and linguistically inclusive and accessible sexual health education and prevention services in Central Florida.

  • Participants noted that many shelter spaces often enforced the gender binary, leaving transgender and intersex in difficult positions and open to harassment, erasure, and risk of interpersonal violence.

  • An overwhelming percentage of LGBTQ+ participants expressed concerns over limited and unavailable education and resources for their family and loved ones to better understand and facilitate acceptance and affirmation of their LGBTQ+ identity.

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