Pennsylvania Commission on Latino Affairs Statement on Orlando Shooting
June 15, 2016
Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania Commission on Latino Affairs released the following statement on the shooting in Orlando:
“At this time, the Pennsylvania Governor’s Advisory Commission on Latino Affairs would like to extend our sympathy and united support to the victims of the Orlando massacre and the Latino LGBT community. We stand in solidarity with our brothers and sisters of all faiths and sexual preferences as they are our close family members and friends. It is heartbreaking to know that these individuals were specifically targeted because they are gay Latinos, we cannot allow for that to be forgotten.
“GACLA is committed to equal rights for all Latinos in the state of Pennsylvania as well as for the whole United States. During a time where discrimination is very present in our society against the Latino population, we will stand united and call on each one of us, as citizens, to spread the message of peace for all.
“Again, our condolences go out to the families of those whose lives were senselessly taken away and pray for their strength as they must continue life without their loved ones.
“If you would like to find out how you can help closer to home, please reach out Adriana Rivera, who also serves as a board member of the state’s largest queer Latino organization, GALAEI.”
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