A message from UNITE HERE President D. Taylor:
The murderous attack that took place in Orlando over this past week-end shakes all of us to the core. Once again an easily purchased assault weapon brings death and misery to so many. Once again innocent men and women have their lives cut short. Once again our hearts are broken. Our hearts and prayers go out to all those affected by these terrible events. Our resolve goes out once again to put our political leaders on notice that we will not stand by and do nothing. The guns laws in this nation must change. The intolerance and marginalization of LGBTQ men and women must end.
I must add a special word of condolence and commitment to our brothers and sisters in the LGBTQ community. Grief and horror can only be matched today by righteous anger at this assault on the gay community. So much heartbreak is borne again in the face of bigotry and intolerance. Our members want the entire LGBTQ community to know that we are with you. We stand with you. We want you to know that UNITE HERE members all across both countries stand with you. We stand with you now in the face of such loss. We stand with you in the ongoing struggle for tolerance and full equality. We stand with you as you stand with our members in the ongoing struggle for human dignity and justice.
I ask all of our local unions to act today. This is Gay Pride month. I urge every local to be engaged in the special programs of the LGBTQ community. Let us show our solidarity. It is needed now more than ever.