A mourner cries at a Toronto vigil for the victims of the Orlando shooting on June 12, 2016. Photo: Mick Sweetman
A mourner cries at a Toronto vigil for the victims of the Orlando shooting on June 12, 2016. Photo: Mick Sweetman

June 20, 2016

We, the Student Association of George Brown College, are saddened by the loss of lives, the harm and hurt experienced by our LGBT2QIA community and students due to violence.

We wish to reiterate the statement of solidarity issued by the Canadian Federation of Students,

“On behalf of 650,000 college and university students across Canada, we would like to extend our deepest condolences to the families and friends of those whose lives were taken during the act of violence in Orlando, Florida this past weekend. On June 11, one man opened fire on the Pulse Night Club, a space for LGBT2QIA+ communities during an event prioritizing the Latinx community, resulting in the deaths of 49 innocent people and injuring dozens more.

This devastating act of violence is not isolated to Orlando or the United States, rather it is part and parcel of a much larger system of homophobia and transphobia that impacts the lives of LGBT2QIA+ peoples here in Canada and around the world. As a movement that continues to oppose all forms of oppression, we are dedicated to the eradication of homophobia and transphobia not only on our campuses, but also within our communities.

As we express our collective outrage and mourning, it is imperative that we are cautious not to contribute to the islamophobic propaganda perpetrated by the media in its coverage of this tragedy. We must recognize that this rhetoric has proven time and time again to lead to more violence against marginalizes peoples. Our collective discussions must focus on supporting those impacted by this senseless violence and working towards communities that are safer for community members on the LGBTQ2IA+ spectrum.

It is important to also acknowledge that for some of us the discussion and visuals that have been raised relating to the shooting often serve as a consistent reminder of the violence faced by LGBTQ2IA+ everyday.”

For supports or questions in this difficult time you can reach out to PFLAG Canada toll free at 1-888-530-6777 between 4:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.”

As students together, supporting each other through struggle, please continue to rally together to heal, and take care.

 

For more information or media requests please contact:

Tiffany White
Director of Education
Student Association of George Brown College
Phone: 416.415.5000 ext. 2720
Email: direducation@sagbc.ca

Michelle Pettis
Community Action Centre Coordinator
Student Association at George Brown College
Phone: 416.415 5000 ext. 2439
Email: cac@sagbc.ca