The Equally Blessed coalition is horrified and saddened at the tragic and unnecessary deaths of 50 people at the Pulse Orlando night club on June 12, and we pray for swift recoveries for the additional 53 people who were injured.
As LGBTQI Catholics and allies, we decry violence in all its forms, even as many in our community continue to fall victim to it. Regardless of the political rhetoric that is sure to follow this sad event, we pray that as Americans we will recognize and honor our common humanity and dignity. While we struggle against the forces of homophobia in our church and in our society, we must also remain steadfast in our opposition to racism, Islamophobia, and xenophobia in all its forms.
We are heartened by the swift responses of those who have donated blood and who have rallied around the families and friends of the victims and the injured. We hold all who have been touched by this event in our hearts and in our prayers.
Call To Action: “Hatred & Violence Have No Place in our Church & World”
Call To Action, a leading organization working for inclusion and equality in the Catholic Church, deplores the senseless violence directed toward the LGBTQI community in an Orlando nightclub shooting early Sunday morning, June 12. We cannot begin to understand the devastating impact this horror has had on the families and loved ones affected. Our thoughts and prayers are with all those needing to mourn and heal from this tragic event. Full statement from Call To Action
DignityUSA: “Attack at Gay Nightclub a Trauma for LGBTQ Community”
DignityUSA, the organization of Catholics committed to equality and justice for LGBTQ people, offers our deepest condolences to the families and loved ones of those who lost their lives during the overnight attack at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Florida. We offer prayers and support to the injured, and to those who witnessed the horrors of this attack. We thank the law enforcement officers who responded for their response, which prevented further loss of life. Full statement from DignityUSA
Fortunate Families: “A statement on the tragedy in Orlando”
Our children have the right to live, work and celebrate without fear, to create families of their own and worship in peace. We stand in solidarity with our children and all parents of LGBT+ persons as we remember those lost and those in pain. Full statement from Fortunate Families
New Ways Ministry: “In Orlando’s Wake, Catholic Ministry Calls on Church Leaders to Condemn Anti-LGBT Violence”
Adding to the anguish of this tragedy is the response of most Catholic leaders. The Vatican’s initial statement expressed sorrow and condemnation, and hope “that ways may be found, as soon as possible, to effectively identify and contrast the causes of such terrible and absurd violence . . .” But the Vatican did not refer to the fact that this violence was directed at the LGBT community. Full statement from New Ways Ministry