Regarding the Tragic Events in Orlando

Statement from the Seattle Pride Board of Directors:

On behalf of the Board of Directors for Seattle Pride, we mourn the loss of our LGBTQ brothers and sisters and all the victims of the tragic and senseless violence in Orlando. We stand in solidarity with the families and friends of the victims and join the entire nation in sharing their grief.

We recognize that this attack is part of a system of violence targeted at the LGBTQ community, particularly young people of color and trans individuals. Violent rhetoric and discrimination cause actual violence – we will not allow it to silence us. This is the very reason for our Pride month and the awareness it raises.

Tonight, we join Gender Justice League, GSBA, and other LGBT community groups organizing a vigil at Cal Anderson Park at 8PM. We will gather with our community to mourn, reflect, and give voice to our shared outrage at this attack.

Seattle Pride has been in contact with Seattle Mayor Ed Murray and the Seattle Police Department in light of these tragic events. We agree with Mayor Murray’s call for increased security at all Pride events in Seattle this month and we will continue to follow the guidance of the Seattle Police in regard to any changes in our security plans for the Seattle Pride Parade, which we still plan to hold on Sunday, June 26.

Seattle Pride will continue to help our community come together and support one another in this difficult time. Pride is always a month when we remember those in the LGBTQ community who have fought and given their lives in the pursuit of equality for all in this country. Today, more than ever, we are reminded of the need to continue our fight for justice, to stand together, and be proud of the diversity of our community. This attack, like so much violence that has targeted LGBT Americans before, will not deter us from organizing and celebrating our Pride, this month and always.

-Board of Directors of Seattle Pride

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In times like these we must come together as a community and a nation to help those in need. Donate blood, money, time, and support for the people of Orlando and for your friends and family who my be affected.

Here are a few resources for everyone to help out the efforts in Orlando:

https://www.gofundme.com/PulseVictimsFund

http://lifehacker.com/what-you-can-do-to-help-in-wake-of-the-orlando-shooting-1781844169

http://mashable.com/2016/06/12/orlando-pulse-mass-shooting-help/#XUx2VTIfA8q7

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