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There was so much joy, so many happy faces Saturday afternoon & evening at the Capital Pride Celebration. Then, on Sunday Morning, less than 12 hours after, came a parent’s worst fear, a family’s worst fear, an LGBQ person’s worst fear. We can barely wrap our minds around this appalling, absolutely devastating news from Orlando of a massacre killing of 50 people and more than 50 others seriously injured in a gay nightclub. Our hearts bleed for those that senselessly lost their lives, their families and loved ones.
We’ve read the last text messages between one of the victims and his mom and it tore our insides.
Please, draw strength and support from each other. We must care for ourselves as we care for one another. We are family. We are the PFLAG family. We are here to offer ourselves as resources of support during this tragic time when people’s emotions and fears are heightened and may need us more than ever. Hug your loved ones. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families.

Candle on Rainbow“As ambassadors of love and hope, PFLAG members will continue to support our extended family of LGBTQ people, families, and allies through these dark, anxious moments and beyond…”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 12, 2016
PFLAG National Statement on Attack in Orlando

WASHINGTON, DC—PFLAG National Executive Director Jody Huckaby today reacted to the unprecedented attack in Orlando, FL:

“As details continue to emerge from Orlando, our collective sadness, anger and grief is overwhelming. Our hearts are with those anxiously awaiting word of the safety of their loved ones, or who are already trying to cope with the unbearable loss of innocent lives. We thank the many first responders who saved, and continue to save lives.

PFLAG knows that the effects of this deliberate shooting spree that targeted an LGBTQ nightclub on Latinx Night will ripple across the country, reviving anxiety and painful emotions for anyone who has experienced hateful actions themselves or against loved ones because of who they are. We concur with President Obama’s message: This unprecedented massacre, this act of terror, this act of hate against people who are LGBTQ, was an attack on the fundamental belief in equality and dignity for all people.

At PFLAG, it tragically reminds us that our work is far from over. As ambassadors of love and hope, PFLAG members will continue to support our extended family of LGBTQ people, families, and allies through these dark, anxious moments and beyond. Let us join in unity to end violence and hatred.”

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Founded in 1972 with the simple act of a mother publicly supporting her gay son, PFLAG is the original family and ally organization. Uniting people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) with families, friends, and allies, PFLAG is committed to advancing equality through its mission of support, education, and advocacy. PFLAG has more than 400 chapters and 200,000 supporters crossing multiple generations of American families in major urban centers, small cities, and rural areas in all 50 states and Puerto Rico. To learn more, visit pflag.org.

Liz Owen
Director of Communications, PFLAG National | lowen@pflag.org | (202) 657-4026
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