OCA Condemns Terror Attack on LGBTQ Community
Monday, June 13, 2016
Posted by: Nick Lee
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
13 June 2016
CONTACT: Kham Moua | Policy and Communications Manager
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – OCA – Asian Pacific American Advocates extends its deepest condolences to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) community and condemns the terror attack in Orlando, FL.
Yesterday, alleged shooter, Omar Mateen, opened fire at Pulse club, a gay nightclub in Orlando, FL. 50 individuals were killed and another 53 are injured. The number of victims surpasses that of any other mass shootings in US history.
"We extend our deepest condolences to the families of those who passed in this senseless terrorist attack, and to the LGBTQ community. As Americans, we must take action at the local, state and federal levels to ensure that hate crimes and acts of terror will never have a place in our society,” said Leslie Moe-Kaiser, OCA National President. “At the same time, we must not forget that anti-Muslim actions and rhetoric do not belong in this conversation. Terror is meant to create animosity and distrust between a nation’s people, and in the coming days and weeks there will be attempts to turn the LGBTQ community against the Muslim community. However, this can never come to pass. We must reject terror and instead all come together to combat ignorance, bigotry, and hate.”
“There are many LGBTQ Asian American and Pacific Islander members in our community who are mourning the victims from the attack and rattled by the shock of seeing their identity targeted in such as mass act of terror. To have one’s identity and humanity continually questioned and rejected and then see that rejection turned into violence is frightening; but when confronted by fear, we must remain strong. This is a reminder of the need for continued education to dismantle hate and work for full LGBTQ equity,” continued Moe-Kaiser. “This attack is not isolated to the attacker. It happened within the context of the 200 plus attempts by congressional and assembly members across the country to dehumanize the LGBTQ community through legislation ranging from exclusion from hate crimes protection to banning transgender individuals from using bathrooms aligned with their gender-identity. We all hold the burden of allowing this climate and hate to fester and must act to reverse that course by protecting and fully accepting the LGBTQ community.”
OCA – Asian Pacific American Advocates, is a national organization of community advocates dedicated to improving the social, political, and economic well-being of Asian Pacific Americans (APAs).