September 27th, 2010
Key West, Fla.
KEY WEST, Fla. – This island city, closer to Cuba than Miami, has long
been a haven for the LGBT community. But an ugly incident last month in
which a gay couple were beaten amid sexual orientation slurs has shaken
this laidback community.
A new Anti-Hate Crimes Task Force has been formed by Key West's Gay and
Lesbian Community Center. And because the suspects in the crime appeared
to be teenagers – and have not been caught – the task force is
developing a program to encourage diversity training at local schools.
Key West's Center is also compiling an information sheet to alert
tourists, bars, restaurants, taxi drivers and others on safety issues,
how to avoid dangerous situations and what to do if threatened or attacked.
More information is available by calling the Center at (305) 292-3223."