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LGBT Groups Call For Unity

By Charlotte Robinson, June 14, 2016
In the wake of the mass shooting that recently took place in Orlando over 50 LGBTQ advocacy groups have called for unity. The Orlando attack has caused outrage & sorrow across our nation & globally. Here is a portion of the statement the LGBTQ groups released: “We the undersigned organizations working on the front lines of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender & queer (LGBTQ) movement share in the profound grief for those who were killed & many more who were wounded during Latin Night at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida. Their lives were lost or forever altered in this devastating act of violence targeting LGBTQ people. Our hearts go out to all the family & friends touched by this horrific act. We know their lives will never be the same again. This national tragedy happened against the backdrop of anti-LGBTQ legislation sweeping this country & we must not forget that in this time of grief. Unity & an organized response in the face of hatred is what we owe the fallen & the grieving. Collective resolve across national, racial & political lines will be required to turn the tide against anti-LGBTQ violence. Our response to this horrific act, committed by one individual, will have a deep impact on Muslim communities in this country & around the world. We as an intersectional movement cannot allow anti-Muslim sentiment to be the focal point as it distracts from the larger issue, which is the epidemic of violence that LGBTQ people, including those in the Muslim community, are facing in this country… As LGBTQ people who lived through the AIDS crisis, we know what it looks like & feels like to be scapegoated & isolated in the midst of a crisis that actually requires solidarity, empathy & collaboration from all quarters. We appeal to all in our movement & all who support us to band together in rejecting hatred & violence in all its shape shifting forms. Let us stand united as a diverse LGBTQ community of many faiths, races, ethnicities, nationalities & backgrounds.”
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1 comment:

Marilyn Rosen said...

Sometimes the most heinous act against one results in uniting the overwhelming majority of all people to unite for good. This is one of those moments.

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