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Statement on the Shooting at Pulse Nightclub, Orlando
June 12, 2016

Washington Won’t Discriminate expresses our heartfelt condolences to the victims and families affected by the horrific act of violence at Pulse, an LGBT nightclub in Orlando, FL.

The shooting comes at a time when, over the last six months, we’ve seen more than 200 anti-LGBT bills introduced in states nationwide—more than 50 of them explicitly target transgender people. Among those efforts is I-1515 in our state which aims to criminalize transgender people just for being who they are. To be clear, the violence in Orlando is fostered by the same belief that is driving I-1515—that LGBT people don’t deserve to be treated with respect or dignity. And we won’t stand for it.

Washington Won’t Discriminate holds the victims and families in Orlando in our hearts and will continue to stand against anti-LGBT violence and discrimination in Washington State.

Please join us at a vigil tonight at 8pm at Cal Anderson Park in Seattle, or hold your own vigil wherever you are.