What is #LoveForAll? How did it start?
It all started with this sign … spotted in local businesses across Asheville, NC during a family vacation.
And I thought ... what if signs like these were displayed in the city where I live, Orlando? What if every local business in the Central Florida area displayed a sign that welcomes residents and visitors regardless of their differences? What if every resident and visitor felt respected and valued walking around our beautiful city? The city is already deeply committed to embracing the diversity of people. There are many wonderful programs currently in place, including the initiative to display a decal that’s a symbol of safety for victims of hate crimes. But no signs like these existed… yet.
This summer, the signs moved me. They represented every single value I was raised to believe and embrace. I’m working so hard now to instill these values in my daughter. I don’t want her to grow up in a world filled with so much hate. Love is the only weapon we have to fight hate and now’s the time to start spreading that love and shining light on all this darkness.
My signs may just be signs but they carry a powerful message. I don’t kid myself. A sign won’t solve the world’s problems. But it’s a little step in the right direction and it's something tangible that I can do.
A Few More Tidbits On How #LoveForAll Grew:
- Social media platforms assist in building awareness for this project.
- Central Florida residents reached out with donations and offers to help distribute signs.
- Area schools started posting the signs around campus: Edgewater High, College Park Middle, Howard Middle and Rollins College.