WE ARE ORLANDO: COMMUNITY STATEMENT AND GATHERING
by The LGBT Institute
Today, the LGBT Institute, along with a number of community organizations released a statement on the Orlando massacre that killed at least 50 people and injured 53 more in the worst mass shooting in American history that took place at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida.
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.