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RCMP launch Safe Place Program for LGBTQ2S+ in North Okanagan

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October 12, 2018 - 11:15 AM

VERNON - RCMP have brought the Safe Place Program to the North Okanagan.

The Safe Place program offers members of the LGBTQ2S+ community shelter if they are feeling unsafe, according to an RCMP media release.

Const. Kelly Brett says in the release that people marginalized or victimized for their sexual orientation or gender identity will have a place where they will be welcomed, can call the police and wait until officers arrive.

"There is no question that everyone has the right to feel safe in their community," Const. Kelly Brett says. "The Vernon-North Okanagan RCMP is committed to promoting acceptance and inclusion within our community through the Safe Place program."

Businesses, schools or other institutions participating in the program are identified by a rainbow coloured badge displayed on a door or window of their locations, Brett says.

To register, participants are asked to sign an agreement they will provide a safe place for anyone from the LGBTQ2S+ community, then post the rainbow decal.

The concept originated in Seattle, and was introduced in Vancouver two years ago.

To be included in the Safe Place Program contact the City of Vernon Community Safety Unit at 250-550-7840.

Businesses will hang this decal to show they are a part of the Safe Place Program.
Businesses will hang this decal to show they are a part of the Safe Place Program.
Image Credit: SUBMITTED/B.C. RCMP

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