Our OUT at Borgata program isn’t just about celebrating our LGBT friends on our property: we’re here to support the community at large, especially in times of tragedy like the Orlando attack. There are so many people looking for ways contribute to a sense of community and to help those in need after the massacre at Pulse Nightclub. Below you will find a series of both local and national resources that our OUT at Borgata family might find useful during these difficult times.
- The Greater Atlantic City GLBT Alliance will be holding an ocean wreath ceremony and prayer vigil on the beach in front of the Tropicana Casino Resort on Monday, June 20 at 5pm prior to their monthly mixer at Cuba Libre restaurant. There will be free self-parking at the casino’s garage. Atlantic City Mayor Guardian will be on hand to provide remarks, along with the Alliance’s director, Rich Helfant, who said, “It is very difficult to put into words how each of us feel after the horrific atrocity that took place in Orlando.”
- The Human Rights Campaign has issued a full list of resources for those who are interested in helping the victims of the Orlando shooting. They’ve also recommend checking out a special website created to find a vigil near you.
- The International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association (IGLTA) has issued a statement after the Orlando massacre, stating that the organization “is unwavering in its belief that tourism helps to build a more welcoming world. As communities around the globe celebrate Pride this month, it is even more important than ever for all of us in the travel industry to support inclusiveness and unite against those who would have LGBT people live in fear.”
- Philadelphia’s Independence Business Alliance, the city’s LGBT chamber of commerce, took part in a candlelight vigil at Philadelphia’s City Hall on Monday, June 13. They also suggest donating to the Pulse Tragedy Community Fund; more information can be found here.
- The Trevor Project provides free crisis intervention by trained counselors for LGBT individuals. Those who feel like they may need a helping hand during this difficult time are encouraged to call their confidential hotline at 866-488-7386. The project also offers texting and online chat services.
Bryan Buttler has covered the Philadelphia-area LGBT beat for over two years, and also reviews theater, opera, and classical music. Along with his own writing, Bryan teaches communications at a local college. He lives in Center City Philadelphia. His favorite things at Borgata? The Water Club, the Grapefruit Mojito at Bobby Flay Steak, and the Table Thai Massage. Follow Bryan on Twitter @bryanb82 and Instagram @bryanbuttler.