MassEquality Responds to the Shooting at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, FL

Jun 12, 2016


Sunday, June 12, 2016


Contact: Deborah Shields, JD, MPH

Executive Director

617-878-2300 (o)

Twitter: @massequality



BOSTON — June 12, 2016 — In response to the 2:00 am attack on the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, FL today that claimed the lives of at least 50 LGBTQ people and wounded 53 others, most of them people of color, MassEquality’s Executive Director, Deborah Shields, JD, MPH, released the following statement:


“All of us at MassEquality are shocked and deeply saddened by the news from Orlando, FL this morning. Our hearts go out to the families and loved ones of the victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting, the Orlando LGBTQ and Latin@ communities, and all who have been touched by this terrible event.


“We are horrified that the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history took place in a gay nightclub during Pride month--a time when the LGBTQ community and its allies join together to celebrate our history and look ahead to a future when we hope everyone can live free from discrimination and violence. The fact that those who were killed and wounded were at the club on Latin night painfully highlights the racist violence faced by so many members of our community.


“MassEquality stands in solidarity with the LGBTQ and Latin@ communities in Orlando and throughout the country, and with communities everywhere that have lost beloved members through senseless acts of violence. We honor their memories and grieve their loss. We ask everyone to take concrete steps to end homophobia, racism and violence and to join together to heal and protect our communities.”




MassEquality is the leading statewide grassroots advocacy organization working to ensure that everyone across Massachusetts can thrive from cradle to grave without discrimination and oppression based on sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.