Equality Illinois and PROMO, Illinois and Missouri's statewide LGBT advocacy organizations, issued the following statements yesterday in response to the massacre at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando: 


"Our hearts ache with the news of the tragedy in Orlando this morning. This morning, 50 mothers and fathers got the call that their child had been murdered in the largest mass shooting in our country’s history. And they were murdered simply for being at a gay club.

No parent should get the phone call saying their child was murdered by a gunman. It shouldn’t happen in Sandy Hook; it shouldn’t happen in Charleston; it shouldn’t happen here in Chicago; and it certainly shouldn’t have happened in Orlando this morning.

This was an act of terror. It was an attack on LGBT Americans during Pride Month, the month we celebrate our strength, vibrancy and power as a community. But our history has taught us that Pride always trumps Hate."

-Brian C. Johnson, CEO, Equality Illinois

"We are horrified and heartbroken by the tragedy in Orlando. Our hearts go out to the victims, their families, and the entire LGBTQ community in Florida. This is particularly difficult during Pride month. We urge everyone to support each other and love each other, especially in this month where we celebrate our perseverance as a community."

-Steph Perkins, Executive Director, PROMO




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