We are horrified and shocked by the tragic violence that occurred in Orlando, Florida on June 11, 2016. This was a clear attack on the LGBTQI2S community and Latino community, and an attempt to divide those who believe in a just, loving, safe, peaceful world.
We must come together and show love, solidarity, and support for our LGBTQI2S community within all the spaces we inhabit: our homes, our places of worship, our schools, our city, and around the globe.
We understand that as we grieve for the losses suffered in Orlando and are shaken by the threat to safety for our LGBTQI2S community, we must also condemn those who would use the event as an excuse to indulge in anti-Muslim rhetoric and Islamophobia. We cannot allow the tragedy in Orlando to fan the flames of religious intolerance against our Muslim sisters and brothers, many of whom identify as members of the LGBTQI2S community themselves. Toxic masculinity and all too easy access to firearms are responsible for the loss of countless lives in the U.S. and other parts of the world.
The Urban Alliance on Race Relations will continue to speak out and take action against homophobia, transphobia, and Islamophobia. We encourage our allies to do the same.
The Urban Alliance on Race Relations