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LGBT advocacy groups issue joint statement denoucing shooting at FRC

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

In a joint statement, the leaders of more than two dozen national and regional LGBT advocacy groups denounced the Wednesday morning shooting that occurred in the lobby of the headquarters of the Family Research Council, one of the nation’s leading anti-gay organizations.

“We were saddened to hear news of the shooting this morning at the offices of the Family Research Council. Our hearts go out to the shooting victim, his family, and his co-workers,” read the statement.

“The motivation and circumstances behind today’s tragedy are still unknown, but regardless of what emerges as the reason for this shooting, we utterly reject and condemn such violence. We wish for a swift and complete recovery for the victim of this terrible incident.”

The joint statement is signed by:

Michael Adams
Executive Director, Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE)

Katie Belanger
Executive Director, Fair Wisconsin

Wayne Besen
Founding Executive Director, Truth Wins Out

Carly Burton
Deputy Director, MassEquality

Dr. Eliza Byard
Executive Director, Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN)

Jennifer Chrisler
Executive Director, Family Equality Council

Brad Clark
Executive Director, One Colorado

R. Clarke Cooper
Executive Director, Log Cabin Republicans

Jerame Davis
Executive Director, National Stonewall Democrats

Emily Dievendorf
Director of Policy, Equality Michigan

James Esseks
Director, ACLU Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Project

Lynn A. Faria
Interim Executive Director, Empire State Pride Agenda

Jenna Frazzini
Executive Director, Basic Rights Oregon

Herndon Graddick
President, Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD)

Chad Griffin
President, Human Rights Campaign (HRC)

Jody M. Huckaby
Executive Director, PFLAG National (Parents, Family, Friends of Lesbians and Gays)

Mara Keisling
Executive Director, National Center of Transgender Equality

Kate Kendall
Executive Director, National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR)

Abbe Land
Executive Director & CEO of The Trevor Project

Ineke Mushovic
Executive Director, Movement Advancement Project

Darlene Nipper
Deputy Executive Director, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force

Donna Red Wing
Executive Director, One Iowa

Aubrey Sarvis
Executive Director, Servicemembers Legal Defense Network

Josh Seefried
Co-Director, OutServe

Lee Swislow
Executive Director, Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders

Rachel B. Tiven, Esq.
Executive Director, Immigration Equality

Chuck Wolfe
President and CEO, Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund and Institute

Evan Wolfson
President, Freedom to Marry

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9 more reader comments:

  1. how dare NOM blame it on a group of people

    Posted on Wednesday, August 15, 2012 at 12:45pm
  2. They’re NOM. They will use anything, and everything to push their flawed views.

    Posted on Wednesday, August 15, 2012 at 12:55pm
  3. It would be a freaking miracle if we could ever get the authorities/ media to focus solely on an anti-gay hate crime. I’m not saying that this shooting is okay, it’s not, but LGBTQ people die all the time and no one reports it on TV as frequently as it should be reported and many times the authorities put anti-gay crimes on the back burner. Overall the violence must end. Violence achieves nothing.

    Posted on Wednesday, August 15, 2012 at 12:56pm
  4. *Not “die all the time” but “many LGBTQ people die/have dies because of hate-crimes” pardon me.

    Posted on Wednesday, August 15, 2012 at 12:59pm
  5. My question is why does FRC have a headquarters in Washington, DC? They should be relegated to someone’s barn down in the deep south where hateful knuckle-draggers belong. This shooting was totally wrong, but to just come right out moments after it happened and blame SLPC and the LGBTQI Community is BS.

    Posted on Wednesday, August 15, 2012 at 1:23pm
  6. That guy is an obvious NUT, and he acted alone on his crazy impulses to cause harm. Nobody knows what was going through his sick mind. No one knows what literature he reads to come to his wacky conclusions. The SPLC publishes information based on facts, unlike some groups that only serve their self interest and use incidents like this to draw attention and gain sympathy for their questionable causes.

    Posted on Wednesday, August 15, 2012 at 1:57pm
  7. - Good statement, and great for positive visibility also – they can’t very well argue to the general public that the LGBTQI community is societally-negative with so many constructive organizations like this signed on to actually give a public damn about the victim – whereas they themselves in similar case would be saying it served us right and that anyone who dared to be work for or associated with us was just collateral damage. Moral high ground affirmed and achieved.

    And yes, they are still a hate group. Made up of confused, fallible, fearful, angry humans clinging to the delusion of their innate moral superiority. What can be said to such gratuitous ideologues but that oft-used line – “We’ll pray for you.”

    Posted on Wednesday, August 15, 2012 at 2:45pm
  8. Assimilationist, pacifist sell outs.

    Posted on Wednesday, August 15, 2012 at 8:10pm
  9. This is so scary. The thought that some people need to use a gun to express their opposition to a problem. I have never agreed with gun control, but it’s becoming clear that anyone can purchase a gun and then use it to express their opposite view. aybe everyone needs a gun to protect themselves from these cowards.

    Posted on Thursday, August 16, 2012 at 7:01am