Las Vegas, NV, June 12, 2016: Today is a horrific day for the citizens of the United States and particularly the LGBT Community. The act of violence that was carried out in Orlando this morning is the country’s worst mass shooting on record. On behalf of the Southern Nevada Association of PRIDE, Inc, we express our sincerest condolences to the victims, family members, friends and those who witnessed this senseless act of violence. May those who lost their lives rest in peace and those injured have a speedy and full recovery.
A time such as this calls for our community to band together more than ever as a family and show our love and support. It is a time to love each other as people and reflect just how dangerous and deadly HATE is, and the results it produces.
We don’t yet have all the facts behind the motive and must not focus on speculation, rather focus on being vigilant and if you see something out of the ordinary and your instinct is telling you something is off, please say something to our local or federal authorities. Violence like this must stop and often is stopped by vigilant citizens.
June is the official Pride month designated by President Obama. This weekend alone we have more than a dozen Pride celebrations taking place across the country. Although these celebrations of who we are and the value we bring as a community will be somber as we reflect on our brothers and sisters who lost their lives or were injured last night, we must still come together as one. We must embrace all of our LGBT Community and Allies as one community and continue the conversations about ending the hate against our community and live as one. We must strive to accomplish a life where everyone enjoys full equality.
Our hearts, love and prayers go to the city of Orlando and the victims of last night. We are here and stand with you!