Mark Cuban donates $1 million to help Dallas police protect LGBT community

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Mark Cuban wants to help the LGBT community in Dallas.

The billionaire owner of the Dallas Mavericks announced a $1 million donation to the Dallas Police Department to help it protect the city's LGBT community.

Cuban's donation will help fund approximately 16,000 hours of overtime for police officers and additional patrols in Oak Lawn -- a Dallas neighborhood with a large LGBT community.

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The money will help the DPD in its "response to the Orlando nightclub shooting," according to a release from the city of Dallas.

"In the wake of national tragedies, we often hear empty talk from politicians and other influencers," Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings said. "With this pledge, Mark shows he is a man of action who cares deeply about his fellow Dallasites."

After recent events, city police departments all over the country are ramping up efforts to protect LGBT individuals.

Sunday's attack at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Fla. left 49 people dead and dozens more injured. It's the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.

That same day a man armed with guns and explosive chemicals was arrested in Santa Monica, Calif. He was reportedly headed to the LA Pride festival.

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Cuban has been supportive of gay athletes coming out in professional sports in the past.

"It's become so accepted that it's a non-event," Cuban told CNN in 2014. "We've really come to the point where in the real world, in real life, we don't care and that's a beautiful thing to say."

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