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Pulse Shooting Day of Remembrance Brings Together LGBTQ, Muslim, and Latinx Communities

Photo credit: Muslim Advocates / Contact: Scott Simpson, [email protected], 202.735.1984 / LINK

The undersigned 59 Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer (LGBTQ), American Muslim, and Latinx organizations released the following statement in advance of the first day of remembrance of the June 12, 2016 massacre at the LGBTQ nightclub Pulse in Orlando, Florida. The statement was convened by national civil rights organizations including Muslim Advocates, the National LGBTQ Task Force, the National Council of La Raza (NCLR), the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), and the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC):

“One year ago, in the aftermath of the Orlando tragedy, we came together in grief, in unity, and in solidarity with the Orlando community and millions of people everywhere, to condemn this act of hate violence and affirm that love conquers hate. That senseless act struck at the heart of the LGBTQ and Latinx communities, families, and close friends, and at the core of one of our nation’s greatest strengths: our diversity. The ensuing backlash against the American Muslim community led to hate speech and violence, shootings, and mosque vandalism that claimed even more victims.
The acts of kindness that followed also illustrated that, even in our darkest moments, and despite the repeated attempts to use fear to further divide us, time and time again, the people of this country come together to console and support those in need.

As we remember those we lost and their families, we renew our commitment to honor them with action by protecting one another and our country’s ideals of freedom, liberty, and equality under the law for all people.
This day of remembrance comes during LGBTQ Pride Month and the holy month of Ramadan.  As we reflect on the past year, we are deeply concerned about the direction of our country including efforts to divide Americans from one another by demonizing and scapegoating many of our communities–but we are also proud of the millions of Americans of all faiths, races, ethnicities, sexual orientations, gender identities, and backgrounds who continue to rebuff those attempts by stepping up to defend our highest ideals.

We have been reminded countless times that a threat against any one community is a threat against all of us, and that we must take notice and action. As our communities resist a massive rollback of civil rights protections at the state and federal level and a rising tide of hate violence, we stand together ever stronger, ever braver, and ever more resolute to resist these attacks and move forward with love and acceptance for all.”

Signed,
Human Rights Campaign (HRC)
League of Latin American Citizens (LULAC)
Muslim Advocates
National Council of La Raza (NCLR)
National LGBTQ Task Force
Advocates for Youth
Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum
Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance, AFL-CIO (APALA)
Auburn Seminary
Bend the Arc Jewish Action
BiNet USA
Casa de Esperanza: National [email protected] Network
Center For Black Equity
CenterLink: The Community of LGBT Centers
DignityUSA
Eliminate Hate Campaign
Equality California
Equality Federation
Equality Florida
Farmworker Justice
GLAAD
GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders (GLAD)
GLMA: Health Professionals Advancing LGBT Equality
Harvard Islamic Society (and Anti-Islamophobia Network)
Islamic Networks Group (ING)
Lambda Legal
Los Angeles LGBT Center
LPAC
Media Matters for America
Muslim Legal Fund of America (MLFA)
Muslim Public Affairs Council
Muslims for Progressive Values
National Black Justice Coalition
National Center for Lesbian Rights
National Center for Transgender Equality
National Coalition for LGBT Health
National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs
National Congress of American Indians
National Council of Jewish Women
National Institute for Latino Policy (NiLP_
National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health
National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA)
National Women’s Law Center
NEAT – National Equality Action Team
New Ways Ministry
NMAC
Out & Equal Workplace Advocates
Out2Enroll
OutRight Action International
OutServe – SLDN
People For the American Way
PFLAG
Pride at Work
ReconcilingWorks
SAGE
The Trevor Project
Voto Latino
Whitman-Walker Health
Women’s Alliance for Theology, Ethics, and Ritual (WATER)