Galop stands in solidarity with Orlando

Galop, the UK LGBT anti-violence charity, stands in solidarity with those attacked at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, and calls for international efforts to combat prejudice and violence against LGBT people.

We are shocked and deeply saddened by this heinous act of violence, and stand united with our community in Florida against hate. We’ve been working for over thirty years to combat homophobia, biphobia and transphobia, and we pledge to continue our work tackling violence and abuse against LGBT people.

We call on our community and allies to stand with us in solidarity tonight, at the vigil in Soho, Old Compton Street, 7pm, and others planned across the country.

Galop Chief Executive, Nik Noone said:

“We stand united with our community in Florida and are calling for a global response to the issue of violence against LGBT people. In the face of this tragedy it is important for our communities to not be coerced into silence or fear. We will stand proudly at Pride events over the coming months, and remember those that have lost their lives to hate.

It is now seventeen years since the extremist David Copeland set off nail bombs, motivated by his hatred of LGBT people, Muslims, Jews and BME people. As we did then, we will work together across communities to end hatred. This is a crime about hatred of LGBT people, and must not be coopted for hatred against Islam. We are very proud to lead the Community Alliance to Combat Hate, a partnership of leading anti-hate crime organisations across all types of prejudice and have been heartened by the messages of support from its members. Tonight we will stand united with our community and our allies, against hatred and violence.”

Fiyaz Mughal OBE, Director of Tell Mama said:

“To see a member of the US Muslim community involved in the murder of members of the LGBTQ community in the country, is not only perverse, it highlights the need for homophobia to be tackled in all sections of society. This is not about the Islamic State, this is about the targeting of the LGBTQ community and Omar Mateen’s hate must not be allowed to develop and fester in any section of society. Where we find LGBTQ hate, we will tackle it with vigour, drive and determination as we do anti-Muslim hatred. If we are to tackle anti-Muslim hatred, then we must give no quarter to those who promote homophobic views.”

Dave Rich, Deputy Director of Communications, Community Security Trust said:

“We utterly condemn this appalling attack and our thoughts and sympathies are with the victims and their families. This is a time for all communities to stand together in solidarity. We at CST will continue to work with LGBT and other communities to defend our shared values against those who try to undermine our diverse and tolerant societies.”