There are no words adequate enough for the mass murder carried out against the LGBTQ2 community on Sunday, June 12 at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando.
Many across the USA were celebrating Pride that weekend – something that is both a celebration and a victory for this community of people and this act has left a huge agony for the victims, the survivors, their families, and their communities, as well as the pain experienced by the first responders.
But the LGBTQ2 community is resilient and strong and will not allow itself to be cowed by hatred.
All of society shares responsibility for allowing a climate of hate and fear that perpetuates discrimination of any individual or group. We similarly share a responsibility to stop it!
On Friday, June 24 at 7 p.m., the Comox Valley community is invited to gather for an hour at Comox United Church. This hour is dedicated to the memory of all people who have been persecuted for simply being who they are – whether because of gender orientation or identification, ethnicity, socioeconomic circumstances, abilities, health status, religious belief, etc.