Best Of 2023

Best Entry Point to Boots-on-the-Ground Abortion Rights Activism: Stand With Abortion Now (SWAN)
SWAN | Photo via McKenna Schueler

Stand With Abortion Now is a grassroots, all-volunteer clinic escort group that seeks to protect patients of one of Orlando's only abortion clinics from anti-abortion protesters, who gather outside of the clinic daily to harass patients. The group, funded by community donations, formed after the U.S. Supreme Court's Dobbs decision in 2022, which overturned the federal constitutional right to abortion under Roe v. Wade. In addition to clinic escort services, the group also raises funds to help people access abortion care, similar to Florida Access Network and the Tampa Bay Abortion Fund. Unlike Planned Parenthood, SWAN will sometimes take a confrontational approach to their escort services — directly engaging with anti-abortion protesters — and regularly blasts them on their popular TikTok account, @swanofcentralfla.

Best of Orlando: Local Notables

Best of Orlando: Local Notables
Best Local Charitable Group
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1st: Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida,

2nd: Zebra Coalition,

3rd: Aeras Foundation,

Best Local Activist Group
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1st: Equality Florida,

2nd: Stand With Abortion Now (SWAN),

3rd: League of Women Voters of Florida,

Best Local Animal Rescue
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1st: Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando,

2nd: Pet Rescue by Judy,

3rd: Orange County Animal Services,

Best Local Elected Official
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1st: State Rep. Anna Eskamani,

2nd: Mayor Buddy Dyer,

3rd: U.S. Rep. Maxwell Alejandro Frost,

Best Local Music-Focused Radio Station
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1st: WXXL 106.7,

2nd: WJRR 101.1,

3rd: WPRK 91.5,

1st: WTKS 104.1-FM Real Radio,

2nd: WMFE 90.7-FM,

3rd: WDBO 107.3-FM and 580-AM,

Best Local Radio Voice
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1st: Johnny Magic, XL 106.7

2nd: Sabrina Ambra, Real Radio 104.1,

3rd: Russ Rollins, Real Radio 104.1,

Best Local Radio Show
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1st: "Johnny's House" on XL 106.7,

2nd: "Monsters in the Morning" on Real Radio 104.1,

3rd: "The News Junkie" on Real Radio 104.1,