“Hate will never silence the LGBTQ+ community.”
In collaboration with CenterLink (the U.S. LGBTQ centers’ association), The LGBTQ Center of Central Florida, and over 120 LGBTQ organizations in the United States and Canada, we have released our official joint statement on the Orlando shootings.
Our hearts break for the LGBTQ community in Orlando and for the families, friends, and loved ones of those who were killed. While we are still learning many facts about the shooting, one thing is clear: this attack targeted LGBTQ people, particularly the many LGBTQ Latinx people attending Latin night at the Pulse nightclub.
We know that many people want to help. Right now, Orlando victims & LGBTQ leaders in the region ask that you:
Make a donation to the Orlando Victims’ Fund. You can do so directly by clicking here, or make a tax receiptable donation though the Canadian Centre for Gender & Sexual Diversity by clicking here (make sure to select the Orlando Victims’ Fund)
Volunteer for outreach projects and fundraisers for Orlando by emailing Myki: email@example.com. Over the next few weeks, we will be going to bars, clubs, businesses and events to collect donations.
Learn more by WeStandWithOrlando campaign here.
Show your allyship! We will also be donating 50% of our Rainbow Pride button proceeds to the Orlando Victims’ Fund until June 30, 2016. Please buy your buttons here!
- Put up a button box. We have created button boxes and poster that can easily be put up in your business, organization, or community centre. Please request a button box in Ottawa-Gatineau by emailing Myki: firstname.lastname@example.org. For persons outside of Ottawa-Gatineau, please email: email@example.com.
- Remember self care. During this tough time, remember to access support when you need it. Please check out this EPIC colouring book from Ryerson University created byBarbara Nguyen, Farrah Khan & Carolina Gana.