Friends & families near and far, I would like to take a moment to acknowledge the grief and profound loss we have experienced in Orlando, Florida.
Today our hearts are heavy.
In a month of celebration, a time for joyous reunions with old friends at pride celebrations across the country our foundation is shaken by tragedy.
Our love and our strength go out to those affected by this tragedy - near and far. From those who grew up in Florida, have family in Orlando, or may have lost friends and loved ones to this senseless act of violence and terror against our community.
We stand with you, wherever you may be, and we will not let our lights go out. Our strength will not recede, and our futures will not dim.
We will continue to celebrate our pride and our joy - our families and our future together. When we fought in June of 1969 at Stonewall it was only the beginning. We have fought, and will continue to fight for our rights, our liberties, and our pride --- no act of violence, fueled by hate or ignorance, will be able to dampen the progress and the beauty that our community has grown into over the last 40 - 50 years.
Stay strong friends. We will come out of this.
With love & support,
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If anyone needs an ear to listen, or someone to talk through what you're feeling there are several numbers you can call to speak with an LGBTQ counsellor.
- From the GLBT National Help Center:
For adults the number is 1-888-843-4564
For kids *up to age 25 the number is: 1-800-246-7743
Remember to check in on each other! We are stronger TOGETHER! <3