GALEO, Atlanta LGBT and Allied Organizations Joint Community Response to Shooting at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Atlanta LGBT and Allied Organizations Joint Community Response to Shooting at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando
June 13, 2016- Atlanta, GA – We are devastated to learn of the terrorist attack at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando. As organizations and leaders in Atlanta, we keep the victims of this tragedy along with their loved ones and their community in our hearts and in our prayers. This tragedy marks the largest mass shooting to date in US history. Pulse, a gay dance club, was hosting ‘Latin Night’, which means that the overwhelming number of victims were people of color and members of the LGBT community. This tragedy is a sobering reminder that although large legal advancements have been made for people in the LGBT community, the hatred and desire to cause harm to our community is alive, well and empowered. There is much work ahead to wage peace through relationship building, dialogue and acts of solidarity in order to prevent this terrible harm from happening again. This attack is part of a much larger pattern of violence in our country towards people who are perceived as ‘different.’ The ability of citizens to procure high-powered assault rifles, like the AR 15, increases the magnitude of violence that can be perpetrated by a single person. It is also fueled, in part, by the heated and hateful political rhetoric we continue to hear in public discourse. We condemn this rhetoric and the violence that follows it and call for a new respectful dialogue in our country that honors the diversity among us and fosters peaceful interactions.
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