June 12 was heartbreaking for our entire nation and beyond. The mass shooting at a gay nightclub, Pulse, in Orlando left 50 people dead and 53 injured in the largest mass shooting in U.S. history. The shooting took place during Pulse's Latinx night, meant to be a safe community space for LGBTQ people of color.
Our thoughts and hearts are with the victims' families and everyone affected by this horrific shooting. We stand in solidarity with the LGBTQ community during this difficult time, and always. We also stand with the Muslim-American community, who are reeling from this tragedy.
PPNYC stands against acts of terrorism and hatred on individuals because of who they are or who they love. Enough is enough. We must commit to fighting all types of violence--including homophobia, transphobia, Islamophobia, xenophobia, and systemic racism--that affect too many communities in our country and around the world. We are also long overdue for serious steps to address the deplorable increase in gun violence that has led to deaths in every corner of our country. We all deserve to feel safe in our homes and communities.
We want to share resources and vigils in NYC to stand in solidarity:
- Familia: Trans Queer Liberation Movement - Trans and Queer Latinxs Respond to #PulseOrlando Shooting (Video)
- How to help the survivors and victims of the Orlando mass shooting
“Use this time to pay special attention to queer people of color, Latinx members of the community and Muslim LGBTQ folks in the coming days and beyond. While much of the violence of Sunday's events was directed at queer people of color attending a Latin night at a known queer club, Muslim members of the community are also at a contentious intersection, given the rhetoric around possible motives for the mass shooting.”
- Tuesday, June 14. 7:30 pm in Brooklyn: Public Advocate Letitia James is holding a vigil at Grand Army Plaza to honor the lives lost in the horrible massacre over the weekend.
NYC PRIDE March
- Sunday, June 26 in Manhattan: Join PPNYC: bit.ly/PPNYCPrideMarch
The March began as an annual civil rights demonstration starting the year after the Stonewall Riots in 1970. Over the years its purpose has broadened to include recognition of the fight against AIDS and to remember those we have lost to the illness, violence, and neglect. It has evolved into being a celebration of our lives and our community.
We hope you can join us to celebrate our communities, to remember those lost in the shooting at Pulse in Orlando and to stand in solidarity with LGBTQ people of color everywhere, and to continue to fight for a world where no one experiences discrimination or violence because of their gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation.