Boston, MA, June 12, 2016. DignityUSA, the organization of Catholics committed to equality and justice for LGBTQ people, offers our deepest condolences to the families and loved ones of those who lost their lives during the overnight attack at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Florida. We offer prayers and support to the injured, and to those who witnessed the horrors of this attack. We thank the law enforcement officers who responded for their response, which prevented further loss of life.
“It is very disturbing that an attack like this occurred during Pride month, when LGBTQ people and supporters all across the U.S. celebrate the gains we have achieved, and renew our commitment to continuing to press for civil and cultural equality,” said Marianne Duddy-Burke, DignityUSA’s Executive Director. “This cruel attack will make many LGBTQ people feel unsafe and experience anxiety. For many, it will awaken memories of the days when gay bar patrons were frequently the targets of violence.”
Duddy-Burke continued, “There is still much we do not know about this attack. We, along with the rest of the nation, we will await additional information. In the meantime, we hope and pray that our nation will come together to reject violence against LGBTQ people in the strongest possible ways. We reaffirm our commitment to working for justice, full inclusion, and equality for LGBTQ people in our Church and society.”