Our Response to the Pulse Shooting in Orlando

We are an organization of queer people who are devastated and in grief over the mass shooting at Pulse in Orlando. This was an attack on queerness, on queer and trans people of color specifically. Our rage is a queer rage. Our love for our community, for the victims and survivors of this tragedy, is a queer love.

We abhor the exploitation of our grief to fuel the violent systems of Islamophobia, policing and prisons, war and U.S. empire, by people who at every turn create laws to marginalize and destroy us, who demand our complicity and assimilation, who seek to erase us and our cultures and our power. Their laws will not protect us. Their wars will not protect us. Their candidates will not protect us.

Our hearts are with our kindred in Orlando.
Our hearts are with queer Muslims who will face increased attacks on multiple fronts.
Our hearts are with our queer ancestors who demanded the right to be queer in public, to be trans and gender nonconforming, to be Black and Brown, to be sex workers, to survive AIDS, to love and care for each other, to come together in bars and clubs without constant fear of violence, much of which came—let’s be clear—from POLICE.

Our liberation is inextricably linked.

Grassroots media and statements on this tragedy continue to emerge; here are some we have appreciated:

The Pulse Nightclub Shooting Robbed The Queer Latinx Community Of A Sanctuaryby Veronica Bayetti Flores
It’s not safe to be a queer person of color in America by Alan Pelaez Lopez
When the One Place That Feels Like Home is Invaded by Miriam Zoila Pérez
In Rush to Explain Orlando Shooting, Americans Blame Everything But America by Zak Cheney Rice
Statement from the Muslim Alliance for Sexual and Gender Diversity
In praise of Latin Night at the Queer Club by Justin Torres