At around 2:00 AM this morning, Omar Mateen of Ft. Pierce, Florida, entered the gay nightclub Pulse outside of downtown Orlando and opened fire on the crowd inside. 50 are dead; 53 more are wounded in what has become the deadliest mass shooting in American history, and the deadliest terrorist attack on American soil since 9/11.Whether it was a hate crime or terrorism, this is a deplorable, disgusting act. All here stand in solidarity with the victims and their families.
We are stunned and heartbroken by this senseless tragedy. Reports indicate that the motivation may have been anti-gay animus. No matter what the motivation, we are treating this act of terror as an attack on the LGBTQ community and the freedom of all Americans to live authentic lives without suffering under the fear of violence for being who they are.
At 7PM TONIGHT, the LGBTQ community and allies will join at Miami Beach's Soundscape Park for a vigil memorializing the victims in Orlando and commemorating the resilience of the LGBTQ community in the face of unspeakable violence and injustice.