June 27, 2022
RE: Orlando Health Recommendation for Come Out with Pride
Dear World Pride Planning Committee,
Orlando Health has been a proud supporter of Come Out with Pride for many years, and we have seen firsthand the positive impact the event has had on Central Floridians and our hospital team members. It is a truly unique and special gathering that brings together individuals and families from across our region and beyond to celebrate history, culture and authenticity. Come Out with Pride creates joy for our residents, and even more important, a safe space for acceptance.
At Orlando Health, our mission is to improve the health and quality of life of each person we serve, and we believe that means everyone. Metro Orlando is home to more than 2 million residents and has the most same-sex couple households in Florida. We are a diverse community, with 24% of our residents identifying as Black and 32% as Hispanic. We also have the unwanted distinction of being home to the deadliest attack against the LGBTQ community in the United States. The 2016 Pulse Nightclub shooting, just a couple of blocks from Orlando Health Orlando Regional Medical Center, took 49 lives.
The Pulse tragedy was devastating for our community, but it brought us together to unite against hate. Our Orlando Health front-line team members responded to the call and were forever changed. We honor the lives taken that day, as well as the teams that worked tirelessly to save the injured, by supporting initiatives that promote inclusion and healing – including Come Out with Pride.
We are delighted to endorse the Come Out with Pride World Pride bid and look forward to walking alongside our friends, our community and the world in October 2026.
Senior Vice President, Marketing and Strategic Communications