Faith in America, an interfaith organization that promotes LGBT awareness, blamed what it called “anti-LGBT theology” for fueling such acts of violence and bigotry — something many other religious leaders admitted in their public statements following Sunday’s attack.
“I myself have been in churches, or given lectures, or listened to guests/callers on my national radio show and been disappointed by people who otherwise consider themselves ministers, activists or social justice seekers express such homophobic views,” said Rev. Al Sharpton in a blog on HuffPost. “I’ve also been shocked at the vitriolic language used by some clergy members in public and in private.”
Matthew Vines, a prominent Christian LGBT activist, echoed this in an article on TIME, saying, “While most Christians would never kill someone because of their sexual orientation, most churches have still caused deep, lasting pain in LGBT people’s lives.”
CNN’s Anderson Cooper reads out the names and ages of the victims of the massacre that took place in Orlando’s Pulse nightclub.
In my previous sales career I told a client/psychiatrist that I had attempted suicide in college. He asked why. “Because I lost my mother’s love”.
Another time a woman in the waiting room of the same office pulled me aside and said it takes a very special person to help those youth we are losing to suicde. She also stated far too many youth are falling through the cracks.
As a result, I volunteered as a walker and a member of the CREW for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
I went on to serve as a suicide prevention and crisis intervention counselor for LGBT youth. I get what the article below is saying. The ones we are losing are facing family and religious rejection.
We’ve had enough moments of silence. It is time to give a voice to the voiceless and to those we lost along the way.
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J.K. Rowling personally knew one of the Orlando terrorism victims, 22-year-old Luis S. Vielma. According to an ABC News report, J.K. Rowling had a connection with the victim because he worked on the Harry Potter ride at Universal Studios in Florida.
“I’m praying Tony pulls through. My thoughts are with all of you. I’m so, so sorry. My heart goes out to you, all his friends and his poor family.”
Unfortunately, his name was ultimately found on a list of the deceased from the Orlando terrorism, much to the horror of J.K. Rowling, his friends, and family members.
J.K. Rowling – 4:26 AM – 13 Jun 2016
*Photo below: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have joined a slew of world leaders andcountries offering their condolences to the victims of the mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando Sunday morning that killed 49 people and injured 53 more.
“With our deepest condolences and with our thoughts and prayers to all those affected,” William wrote. They stood in front of an American flag originally presented to Hillary Clinton by the Kaleidoscope Trust, a non-profit that works to “uphold the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people internationally.”
Below: A former Marine reportedly saved dozens of lives during the shooting rampage at a gay nightclub in Orlando on Sunday that left 49 people dead.
Apple CEO Tim Cook took a moment Monday during the company’s Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco to acknowledge the victims of a shooting at a gay club in Orlando, Florida. The shooting killed 49 and injured 53 others.
The Apple community is made up of people from all around the world, from all different backgrounds, and all different points of view. We celebrate our diversity. We know that it makes us stronger and moves everyone forward.
“I’m proud to be gay, and I consider being gay among the greatest gifts God has given me.”
“I have seen and have experienced many types of discrimination,” he said, “and all of them were rooted in the fear of people that were different than the majority.”
- Crisis counseling will be available in both English and Spanish and will take place Monday through Friday at The First Unitarian Church of Orlando located at 1901 E. Robinson Street and will be available from 10am and 7pm. Counseling services are also taking place at Miracle of Love, 741 W Colonial Dr, Orlando, FL 32804 between 11 am-3 pm, Monday through Friday, and at Hispanic Family Counseling, 6900 S Orange Blossom Trail, Suite 402, Orlando, FL 32809.For those who are unable to get to the crisis counseling site, an emergency hotline has been set up to offer counseling services in both English and Spanish. The crisis numbers are: (407) 822-5036 (Press 1), and (407) 228-1446.