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NBJC Responds to the Orlando Pulse Nightclub Shooting


Washington, DC – The National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC) is beyond devastated and saddened by the tragic shooting massacre at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Florida early this morning. Reports currently state that 50 people are dead and at least 53 injured in the deadliest shooting in American history after a gunman took hostages overnight inside this local community club catering to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community.

As we await more confirmed information from law enforcement officials about the rationale and motives behind this horrific event, we cannot negate the fact that our community was targeted in this mass shooting. June is LGBT Pride Month in the United States, and millions of courageous individuals are celebrating the freedom to live their truth and support others willing to take the brave step. Pride Month was in fact established in the aftermath of violence—particularly police brutality—against LGBT people for deciding to be OUT and proud. Now, nearly 47 years later after the historic Stonewall Riots, another anti-LGBT attack has happened, and our community must find a way to heal and thrive in the aftermath of evil. We are grateful to the Orlando Police Department and all other first responders for aiding our community during this mass tragedy and moment of critical need.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and loved ones of those lost and directly impacted by this nightmare. NBJC envisions a world where all people are fully-empowered to participate safely, openly and honestly in family, faith and community, regardless of race, class, gender identity, sexual orientation or disability. Today’s event confirms to us to continue the work for all people to be able to live their authentic lives—free from fear of violence, hate or discrimination.


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The National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC) is a civil rights organization dedicated to the empowerment of Black lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and same gender loving (LGBTQ/SGL) people, including people living with HIV/AIDS.