Our LGBT community is mourning the loss of at least 50 dead & more critically injured at Pulse Nightclub, Orlando Florida’s hottest gay bar. Nadine Smith CEO of Equality Florida stated, “We are reeling from the tragic news that a gunman opened fire on the 2A capacity crowd at Pulse leaving 50 people dead & over 53 injured according to preliminary reports. We are heartbroken & angry that senseless violence has once again destroyed lives in our state & in our country. Gay clubs hold a significant place in LGBTQ history. They were often the only safe gathering place & this horrific act strikes directly at our sense of safety. June commemorates our community standing up to anti-LGBTQ violence at the Stonewall Inn, the nightclub that has become the first LGBTQ site recognized as a national monument. We have received a steady stream of emails & messages from those seeking to help or to make sense of the senseless. We make no assumptions on motive. We will await the details in tears of sadness & anger. We stand in solidarity & keep our thoughts on all whose lives have been lost or altered forever in this tragedy.” Rea Carey, Executive Director, National LGBTQ Task Force added, "We are deeply shocked by this appalling act of violence against the LGBTQ community & our friends. Our thoughts are with the families & friends of those who have lost loved ones & with the injured. While the motive behind this crime remains unclear, our resolve to live openly & proudly remains undiminished. Now is a time for the whole nation to stand together against violence."
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