Tuesday 14-06-2016 - 12:24
In light of the heart breaking news of the terrorist attack that took place in the Orlando LGBT+ club Pulse on a Latinx night the NUS LGBT+ Campaign would like to send our condolences and solidarity to the victims, their families and friends.
Despite the misrepresentation from the mass media it’s important that we call this incident out for what it is – a hate crime against the LGBT+ community, the Latinx community and queer, trans and intersex people of colour in Orlando.
Many will take this opportunity to use this incident for their own political agendas and gains, and attempt to pit marginalised communities against each other. However, we can see through their hate and bigotry and will not allow this to try and scapegoat an isolated event to bring hatred and fear into both the LGBT+ and Muslim community - we are stronger together than we are divided and only together can we fight against the hatred and bigotry that persecutes both our communities.
Let us not forget that the same individuals co-opting this tragedy for their own ends have also perpetuated LGBT+phobia by fighting against progressive LGBT+ legislation around the world. By succumbing to their hatred and allowing them to blame and demonise an entire community based on one individuals actions we allow them to win.
It is very clear now that despite the huge wins over the last decade for the LGBT+ community our fight for acceptance, equality and liberation is far from over and we still have a long way to go. Let those who lost their lives in this horrific tragedy not have died in vain. Now more than ever we must join together to mourn the dead and continue to fight for the living.
Tonight there will be a vigil taking place organised by the Latinx community in London, more information can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/events/296051880736192/
GLAAD have also set up a solidarity fund for donations in order to support victims, which can be found here: https://www.gofundme.com/PulseVictimsFund
Robbiie Young, NUS LGBT Officer (Open Place)
Fran Cowling, NUS LGBT Officer (Women’s Place)