I am absolutely gutted by Tuesday’s hate-filled attack against Jussie Smollett, an out gay actor and musician, a longtime GLAAD ambassador, and a true champion for LGBTQ people who is beloved by the community and allies around the world.

 

We at GLAAD are horrified and appalled by this attack. We will support Jussie and his team in any way we can, and we are working around the clock to make sure that the media reports this attack - as well as the broader issue of anti-LGBTQ violence in America today - sensitively in the coming days and in the future as Jussie’s attackers are brought to justice.

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We’ve received a flood of messages from the GLAAD community offering support for Jussie and asking how you can help. In that spirit of love and solidarity, we’re preparing a card for Jussie from our entire GLAAD family -- and I would love for you to sign it and stand with him. Simply click here to add your name to the card; you’ll also have the option to add a personal message of support for Jussie.


Jussie has said, “There's not one human being on the planet earth who has never felt, at some point, unaccepted. At some point in our lives, we feel like we're not good enough, but we have to step back and realize that we are.”


In this moment, when so many LGBTQ people feel afraid, it is vital that all of us who believe in 100% acceptance for the LGBTQ community stand up and say so. I hope you’ll add your name to Jussie’s card -- not only to show him your support, but also to show the world that love is stronger than hate, and we will never allow fear or violence to defeat us.

 

Thank you for being part of the GLAAD community, we’ll be in touch with more information as we have it.


With deep gratitude,
Sarah Kate Ellis
CEO & President

 

 

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