LGBT Organisations Rally in Support of Orlando

Monday, June 13, 2016 - 14:30


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Members of the National LGBT Hate Crime Network and LGBT Consortium are united in their condemnation of the attack on a gay nightclub in Orlando over the weekend and stand in solidarity with all those affected. There is a strong commitment to working in this sector to ensure that all individuals, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity, can live a life free from fear, hate and prejudice.

Over the weekend we have seen a range of LGBT communities and organisation pull together to show their solidarity with those affected by the tragic events. A number of events across the United Kingdom have been organised to show support and solidarity. To help raise awareness of these events, LGBT Consortium have created a special events page to highlight events taking place over the coming days. 

Paul Roberts OBE, Chief Executive of LGBT Consortium said, “It is so deeply saddening to see innocent members of our LGBT communities targeted by such violence and hatred. We offer our thoughts and our support to all those affected. LGBT organisations here in the UK stand united with those in the United States and across the world to show that we are a strong and resilient community. All too often we still see abhorrent crimes being committed against lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people and this latest attack shows that we still have so much work to do. We cannot, and will not, stand by whilst LGBT people and communities are targeted in such ways. We are resilient and will continue to work with allies, at home and abroad, to tackle deep-rooted issues still affecting our communities.” 

The National LGBT Hate Crime Network is a partnership of 35 LGBT Groups from across England, Wales and Scotland who are dedicated to tackling Homophobic, biphobic and transphobic hate crime. Now more than ever, its important for us to work together to tackle all forms of hate crime. 

Trans Media Watch, one of the National LGBT Hate Crime Network’s Members added, "Our thoughts are with the survivors and those who have lost loved ones. This incident follows an escalation in aggression toward LGBT people in the US in recent months, also exemplified by the arrest of a man apparently en route to attack people at Los Angeles Pride. We hope that the media will recognise the Orlando attacks as a deliberate attack on the LGBT community, who were not just convenient targets in a larger conflict. Sadly, homophobic biphobic, and transphobic hate remains very real in today's society, and we must work together to end it."


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