“We protect, we help, we call 911,” reads a new initiative from the Miami Beach. A new program in the city allows businesses to declare themselves to be a “Safe Space” for LGBT residents and visitors.
“We hope this program provides members of the LGBTQ community with safe places throughout Miami Beach that they can turn to if they are victims of harassment or crime,” Commissioner Michael Grieco said. “Any individual who seeks solace in a Safe Space location can be assured that if they are the victim of a crime, police will be promptly called.”
According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, LGBT people are the most likely targets of hate crime in America. Businesses and organizations in Miami Beach interested in becoming a Safe Space can register with the Miami Beach Police Department and will receive a decal to display on their storefront.
Locations that wish to be Safe Spaces must agree to display the Safe Space decal outside the front entrance of the establishment, allow LGBT hate-crime victims to enter and remain in the establishment until police arrive, and assist victims attempting to call 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,” Lima said. “We applaud the city’s efforts in promoting, protecting and defending equality for all.”