In the early hours of Sunday, June 12th, 49 members of our LGBT community lost their lives and 53 more were injured after a mass shooting at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, the largest mass shooting in recent U.S. history. Our hearts and prayers go out to all the survivors, and all the loved ones of those who lived and those who lost their lives in this tragedy. This is very sad news during this year’s Pride season, as well as during a year of anti-LGBT legislation engulfing the country and a continued alarming rate of murders of transgender and gender non-conforming people.
As we grieve the loss of so many members of our wonderful LGBT familia, we must remember more violence will never end violence. In reality, anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim legislation and rhetoric, along with hate crimes laws, calls for stiffer sentences, and stronger surveillance measures worsen the lives of people of color and create a false sense of safety for us all.
We must continue to organize together, address the root causes of violence in all our communities, and reject the violent and punishing solutions of the state in service of collective healing and transformation. Everyone, it’s our own responsibility to keep each other safe. Please keep doing your best.
“We must love each other and protect each other. We have nothing to lose but our chains.”