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June 13, 2016

#ShoutOut4Survivors Stands With Orlando

We at Surrey Women’s Centre would like to acknowledge the victims of the shooting at Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando over the weekend. Surrey Women’s Centre stands in solidarity with LGBT people, and those of us who count ourselves among them grieve for our community.

Crimes that target marginalized sexualities and races are interconnected with gender-based violence. This shooting took place at a gay nightclub on Latinx night with trans women performing. Fifty people are dead. Fifty-three others are hospitalized.

Violence against women is a multifaceted issue; it is compounded for women of colour, for trans women, and for lesbian and bisexual women. Racism, homophobia, and transphobia mean that it is often even more difficult for people of colour and LGBT people to speak out and get the help they need when they are victimized.

As we fight back against a culture that both perpetuates violence against women and silences them we know that lesbian, bisexual, and trans women, particularly those of colour, are disproportionately affected by violence.

As we at Surrey Women’s Centre raise the voices of sexual assault survivors we also stand against all hateful acts of violence.

#ShoutOut4Survivors stands with Orlando. 

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