MEDIA ADVISORY: LGBTQ and Muslim Community Leaders Stand in Solidarity, Condemn Florida Mass Shooting

Media Press Advisory & Press Statement
What: Elected Officials, LGBTQ & Muslim Groups Solidarity Event
When: Monday June 13th, 7:00PM-9:30PM
Where: WORDE Headquarters 19650 Club House Rd Suite 205, Montgomery County MD 20886
CONTACT: Hamza Khan (301) 851-1173 (hamza@hamzakhan.me) 
Patrick Paschall (409) 771-6763 (ppaschall@freestatelegal.org) 

LGBTQ and Muslim Community Leaders Stand in Solidarity, Condemn Florida Mass Shooting

Early this morning, a lone gunman opened fire at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida. The Muslim community and the LGBTQ community condemn in the strongest terms the murder of dozens of people and injuries of dozens more. Just last week, our champion Muhammad Ali brought together people of all faiths to celebrate his life and legacy. Today we mourn another attack on our citizens surely meant to divide us rather than bring us together.  

“We will not let hatred and terror to divide our society and the families that lost their loved ones. You have our regrets and condolences, but more importantly our support and solidarity. Together, we are one greater community,” said Muslim Democratic Club of Montgomery County President Hamza Khan.

On the same night as the shootings, Muslim American leaders gathered with elected officials and community allies, including members of the LGBTQ community for an iftar organized by the Muslim Democratic Club of Montgomery County. 


 “These events highlight what we have long known to be true - that the struggle is not over as we work to create a world in which lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people are free to live authentically, with safety and dignity, in their own communities across Maryland, our country, or the world,” said Patrick Paschall of Freestate Legal and Equality Maryland.

State Senator Richard Madaleno wrote “Yesterday I marched with my family in the Capital Pride parade on a brilliant and joyous day, amazed by the progress the LGBT community has made in this country. Today we awoke to the horrible news of an inconceivable act of terror and hate against the gay community and the Muslim community. This violence was designed to sow fear and division. We must not succumb to this effort. My family stands with the Muslim community, the LGBT community, and all fair-minded Marylanders in solidarity for love and understanding. We will use this moment to build a stronger community truly welcoming of all.”  
 The Muslim community and the LGBTQ community have each worked tirelessly to build civic involvement among their constituencies, often working together around core issues. We look forward, in light of today’s shooting, to increasing cooperation and working together to prevent bigotry and hatred.
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