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.
 
Read our full statement here, which includes some resources and articles we've found helpful along with artwork by AORTA Member Roan Boucher.