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GLSEN Orlando on Tragedy at Nightclub
GLSEN Orlando Chair
Media Relations Manager
GLSEN Orlando Statement on Tragedy at Pulse Nightclub
ORLANDO (June 12, 2016) – In response to last night’s tragic events at the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) nightclub Pulse, where the largest mass shooting in recent United States history took place, GLSEN Orlando Chair Ginger Malcom issued the following statement:
“GLSEN Orlando is heartbroken by the senseless attack on the LGBT community that took place last night. We offer our deepest condolences to the loved ones of those affected by what has been characterized as an act of domestic terrorism and a possible hate crime. It is with heavy hearts but also a renewed energy that we continue our work in schools to eliminate anti-LGBT bias and violence. We will not stop until all youth feel secure in communities. Hate and violence have no place in Orlando and in our world.”
Blood donors can help meet the urgent need in Orlando by making an appointment at OneBlood.org or calling 1-888-9DONATE (1-888-936-6283).
Vigils across the country are being held in remembrance of the victims of the shooting. Those seeking someone to speak with about the tragic events can contact the English/Spanish hotline of the New York City Anti-Violence Project at 212-714-1141.
GLSEN champions safe and affirming schools for all students. We envision a world in which every child learns to respect and accept all people, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression. Each year, GLSEN programs and resources reach tens of thousands of K-12 schools across the United States, largely through our network of chapters working in their local communities. GLSEN's progress and impact has won support for our work at all levels of education in the United States and sparked an international movement to ensure equality for LGBTQ students and respect for all in schools. For more information on GLSEN’s policy advocacy, student leadership initiatives, public education, research and educator training programs, please visit glsen.org.