Dear GSBA members and friends:
We offer our deepest condolences to everyone whose lives have been forever changed in the wake of the horrific murders at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church.
We grieve deeply for Cynthia Hurd, Susie Jackson, Ethel Lance, Rev. DePayne Middleton-Doctor, Rev. Clementa Pinckney, Tywanza Sanders, Rev. Daniel Simmons Sr., Rev. Sharonda Singleton and Myra Thompson. We keep them and their families in our hearts, as well as all those across the country who are also victimized by this, only the latest heartbreak in a long history of systematic violence against the black community.
As one of the largest LGBT organizations in the Northwest, many of us have experienced no shortage of hate and violence, and we know all too well how an attack against even one person because of who they are can reverberate throughout an entire community. We all must stand up against those who are so infected with hatred and spite that they lose sight of our common humanity.
Our hearts ache for the mothers, fathers, sons, daughters, friends, colleagues and community leaders who were lost in Charleston this morning. Their lives mattered, and it is our responsibility to ensure that this tragedy is never repeated. For almost 35 years GSBA's mission has been to build equality for all. We remain committed to supporting all of our friends and neighbors, not solely the LGBT community. We encourage all our members to continually and consciously work to overcome the pervasive layers of discrimination that are faced every day by many in our society. Equality does not just arrive, it takes dedication and drive.
Louise CherninPresident & CEO