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We stand with Orlando and LGBT communities of color

June 21, 2016

Hate and violence belong in history books - not the news

People at a vigil for Orlando holding up signs with photos of the victims The mass shooting at Pulse in Orlando has shaken the country and we are still grieving the lives that were lost. This tragedy has also had a disproportionate impact on LGBT people of color, who were targeted that night and who are too often the victims of hate crimes. This time, it was on a scale that the country couldn’t ignore.

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Our differences do not have to become our divisions

Signs that say "we will not forget" and "amor" We must find a place where we can acknowledge and uplift our differences. At the vigil New York, I saw acutely that the only way we can do this is by coming together, speaking with one another, listening to each other, and by holding space for our pain, grief, confusion, and pride.

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How people have already taken action in the wake of Orlando

Two people in a crowd with their fists in the air and rainbows and hearts painted on their fists Pulse, Orlando, is another reminder of the risks I, and so many of us, face just for being who we are. It is another reminder of how far we still have to go to truly achieve equality so that none of us have to live in fear. I’ve already seen an outpouring of support from people, communities, and organizations around the world. I hope it can help heal and inspire more action and change in the days, weeks, and months to come. Here are some examples.

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