On September 3, the Metropolitan Business Association (MBA) of Orlando
, Central Florida’s GLBT Chamber of Commerce presented Rollins SPECTRUM organization with a $500 grant, as part of the Pride Gives Back! Program.
SPECTRUM is Rollins’ gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer, questioning, and ally (GLBTIQQA) support group. In addition to providing advocacy and support to the Rollins student population by creating a safe and welcoming atmosphere, SPECTRUM hosts social, educational, and advocacy events throughout the year, as well as weekly support meetings. SPECTRUM has also partnered with Rollins SafeZone Program
, providing students, faculty and staff with the tools and skills necessary to be an ally for the GLBTIQQ community.
President David Baker-Hargrove presented the grant to Rollins and shared that it serves to help promote and foster the growth of Orlando’s GLBT businesses, which is MBA’s mission. The money given to local businesses is raised through the Come Out With Pride Parade, the largest GLBT Pride Parade in Florida, and comes full circle with going back into the GLBT community.
Since 2007, the Pride Gives Back! Program has infused over $7,000 back into the local community. Each month, the MBA Board of Directors selects an organization to receive the grant. Previous recipients of this grant have been: Hope and Help of Central Florida, The Human Rights Campaign, Juno Foundation, PFLAG, Orlando Gay Chorus, The Center, and Equality Florida.
| SPECTRUM with Commisioner Linda Stewart
President of SPECTRUM, Ashley Green (Class of 2011), received the award and spoke about how Rollins is ready to become more active in the community. Rollins SPECTRUM plans to host an AIDS Awareness Week in December, providing free HIV and AIDS testing to the local community. SPECTRUM also has plans to send five students to the Pride March in Washington in October.
The night closed with a few words by Orlando City Commissioner Linda Stewart (District 4), who is an active participant in the MBA and the GLBTIQQ community. She shared that she plans on marching in this year’s Come Out With Pride Parade and is excited to see how Orlando is becoming a more diverse and open community.
To learn more about SPECTRUM or to get involved contact Ashley Green (firstname.lastname@example.org). Meetings are held every other Thursday at 5:30 p.m.