SAVE Executive Director Tony Lima speaks in favor of Miami Beach's Safe Space proposal, which passed Wednesday, January 11, 2017.
According to data from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people are the most likely targets of hate crimes in America. Committed to protecting its most vulnerable populations, Miami Beach is launching a “Safe Space” program for business and organizations in the city to demonstrate their commitment to the safety and equal treatment of its LGBTQ residents and visitors.
A Miami Beach business or organization desiring to designate itself as a Safe Space may register with the Miami Beach Police Department and obtain a Safe Space decal to post as a symbol of safety (image below).
“We hope this program provides members of the LGBTQ community with safe places throughout Miami Beach that they can turn to if they are the victims of harassment or crime,” said Commissioner Michael Grieco. “Any individual who seeks solace in a Safe Space location can be assured that if they are the victim of a crime, police will promptly be called.”
In order to register as a Safe Space, a business or other organization must agree to the following terms: post the Safe Space decal outside the front entrance of the establishment; allow victims of LGBTQ-based harassment or crime to enter and remain at the establishment until the police arrive; and call or assist LGBTQ victims in calling 911.
“While Miami Beach is certainly one of the most progressive cities in the United States, the potential for crime and discrimination against LGBTQ residents and visitors still exists,” added Tony Lima, executive director of SAVE, recognized as South Florida’s leading organization dedicated to protecting people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender against discrimination. “We applaud the city’s efforts in promoting, protecting and defending equality for all.”