Yesterday, our nation woke up to devastating news about a shooting at a nightclub serving the LGBTQ community in Orlando, Florida. The attack of terror and hate claimed the lives of 49 people and 53 others were injured.
While this horrific incident shocked the world, now is the time to come together and to show our support for those affected by this horrible tragedy. Here are ways to support the victims and their families:
Attend a Vigil: Vigils are taking place across the nation to mourn those lost. Find a vigil near your at WeAreOrlando.org.
Help Families in Need: Equality Florida set up a GoFundMe to help the victims’ families. Click here to donate.
Support Your LGBTQ and Allied Loved Ones: Check-in with your LGBTQ and allied friends and family and assure them of your love and support. “During this, their darkest hour, we as a nation must be their strength,” HRC President Chad Griffin said. “We must be their comfort.”
Donate Blood: There is an urgent need for O Negative, O Positive and AB Plasma blood donors.To find a donation center or Big Red Bus near you visit http://www.oneblood.org or call 1.888.9.Donate.
Important note: There continues to be a ban preventing men who have sex with men from donating life-saving blood. We are committed to ending this policy, based neither in science nor medicine.
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