- July 6, 2016
Post submitted by HRC Alabama State Manager Eva Kendrick
On Sunday, June 12, I woke up to the tragic news about the mass shooting Florida’s Pulse nightclub.
The LGBTQ and allied community around the globe was devastated by this tragic, senseless act of hate and violence. Together, we grieved for the 49 primarily Latinx persons and individuals of color murdered, the survivors, their family and friends.
The person who committed this despicable act was somehow conditioned to believe that LGBTQ people deserve to be massacred. This hate didn’t come from some further shore. The shooter was born and raised right here in the United States. And he heard dangerous messages from politicians and radical anti-LGBTQ extremists right here in his own country.
In Alabama, for example, this type of message is reinforced from politicians and anti-equality extremists like disgraced Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore. It is reinforced when Alabama politicians introduce bills meant to limit the rights of LGBTQ people and when municipalities pass ordinances that harm transgender citizens.
Every time this happens, in Alabama and around the globe, it sends a signal that LGBTQ people should be treated differently - and worse.
As we continue to mourn the killing of 49 LGBTQ and allied people in Orlando, HRC is committed to combatting the hatred that fueled this horrific hate crime. We will continue to push for the comprehensive federal LGBTQ non-discrimination legislation. HRC will continue working with state legislators and municipal governments and through our engagement with healthcare and corporate leadership. HRC Alabama is also working to change hearts and minds through our outreach to over 170 faith communities across the state, as well as through key community development partnerships with LGBTQ direct service organizations from Mobile to Huntsville. Rooting out the seeds of hate and spreading the message of equality can be hard, but it leads to transformational results.