June 12, 2016

TLDEF Mourns Tremendous Loss of Life in Orlando Nightclub Shooting

New York, NY - The Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund (TLDEF) voices deep sorrow over the horrific attack at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando. We mourn the tremendous loss of life and send our deepest condolences to all those who have lost loved ones in this tragedy.

It is particularly painful that this incident has happened at an LGBT nightclub during Pride Month, a time to celebrate the unique contributions of the LGBT community.

As investigations proceed, we stand in solidarity with our fellow advocates in condemning this heinous act of violence against our community.

We express our sincere appreciation for the support of President Obama who called the attack an “act of terror and an act of hate,” and underscored the profound impact of this tragedy on our community, stating in part:

“This is an especially heartbreaking day for all our friends - our fellow Americans - who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. The shooter targeted a nightclub where people came together to be with friends, to dance and to sing, and to live. The place where they were attacked is more than a nightclub - it is a place of solidarity and empowerment where people have come together to raise awareness, to speak their minds, and to advocate for their civil rights.”