Michigan LGBT Community Reacts to Orlando

BTL Staff
By | 2016-06-16T09:00:00-04:00 June 16th, 2016|Opinions, Viewpoints|

The following are statements coming in from organizations around Michigan:

Equality Michigan Reacts to Orlando Nightclub Attack

June 13, 2016

Early yesterday morning, fifty LGBTQ Americans were brutally murdered for who they are and whom they love. Equality Michigan mourns the lives taken and extends our heartfelt condolences to the families of those slain in the deadliest anti-LGBTQ hate crime and worst mass shooting in our country’s history.

It’s not lost on any of us that this heinous act of anti-LGBTQ terror was committed during Pride Month. My staff and I spent yesterday at Motor City Pride, the largest annual gathering of LGBTQ people in Michigan. It was a reminder of not only how far we’ve come as a community, but also how far we have to go. The Orlando shooting is a heart-wrenching illustration of the fact that in 2016 coming out remains a courageous act. In the weeks to come, LGBTQ Michiganders will continue to come together to celebrate pride and to honor the victims. These gatherings will take on new meaning as acts of defiance and solidarity in the face of terror.

There will be those who seek to use this tragedy as an opportunity to divide us and foment fear. They will fail. Last night, in vigils across our state and across the country, LGBTQ Americans stood shoulder to shoulder with Muslim Americans to honor the victims and oppose terror. We will not allow this attack to pit us against one another.

In the wake of this tragedy, our community needs more than thoughts and prayers from our leaders in Lansing, especially from politicians who have spent their entire careers demonizing LGBTQ families for personal and political gain. We need action. We need to end legislative attacks on transgender students. We need to finally amend the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act to ban anti-LGBT discrimination. We need to make it clear that anti-LGBTQ rhetoric has no place in our politics.

Stephanie A. White
Executive Director
Equality Michigan

* To find a vigil in your area in support of the Orlando victims and to protest this hatred, please visit: http://www.weareorlando.org

Affirmations Community Center

Today the LGBT community and the rest of America experienced a horrific tragedy; 50 people were killed and more than 50 others injured in a mass shooting in Orlando. This massacre is the deadliest shooting in American history and is an act of terror, hate and assault on the LGBT community and all Americans.

Affirmations stands in solidarity with the LGBT community and our allies as we mourn those who lost their lives and those injured and pray for them and their families. Affirmations will be hosting a vigil this Tuesday, June 14 at 7:30 p.m. at our Center on 290 W. Nine Mile Road in Ferndale. Metropolitan Community Church will be there and provide spiritual guidance to honor the victims, their families, friends and all of us impacted by this act of terror and hate.
Please join me, our board of directors, staff and community partners Tuesday evening as we mourn this tragedy.

With deep sadness,
Susan Erspamer, Executive Director
Affirmations

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