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PSI condemns attack against LGBTI community in Orlando

13 June 2016
PSI stands in solidarity with the families of LGBTI people killed and hurt in the attack on the Pulse nightclub in Orlando this 12th of June – leaving 50 people dead and 53 injured in what is being considered the deadliest mass shooting in US history.

PSI General Secretary Rosa Pavanelli says “it is shocking that in 2016, LGBTI people remain targets for these kind of attacks. When not hit by bullets, as in this case, they often suffer from daily prejudice and harassment".

Likewise, Eurian Leite, PSI’s LGBTI Inter-American Committee Coordinator, points out “it is very sad that intolerance to sexual orientation or gender identity may still cause barbarities like this. It is inconceivable that the differences between people can be the cause for extreme acts like the one we have just witnessed at Pulse nightclub”.

International Day
It is just a little shy of a month ago that the world observed the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, Biphobia (IDAHOT).

Though, “the tragedy in Orlando, the battles of our sisters and brothers and colleagues in countries near and far blatantly show the hatred present in our societies”, remembers the Sub-regional Secretary for the Caribbean Sandra Massiah.  

PSI wants to take this opportunity to stress once again that we are committed to equality for all, irrespective of sex, marital status, ethnic origin, national identity, disability, sexual orientation, age or religion, at the workplace, in trade unions and in the broader political, social, economic and cultural context.

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