Statement of Solidarity to the communities impacted by Pulse Night Club shooting in Orlando, Florida

 

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

Statement of solidarity with Black Lives Matter Toronto’s Pride demands

#blacklivesmatter

We, the Student Association of George Brown College, celebrate that the leadership of Black queer and trans folks has a proud history. Black queer and trans folks deserve safety at home, on the streets, and in school. Black queer and trans folks deserve to take up space—at Pride—and in our student movement. Black Lives Matter Toronto’s peaceful tactics and civil disobedience is rooted in love for our most vulnerable communities to create more inclusive movements for queer and trans liberation. We know queer and trans students of colour deserve to be supported and served by our student movement.

As stated in our mission, we are “committed to supporting each other in the struggle for student rights, the pursuit of a quality education and the provision of services in a safe, accessible and equitable environment.” Black Lives Matter is part of that education. And the work to eliminate systemic Anti-Blackness within Toronto Pride and the greater community is a barrier to dismantle together. We state our solidarity with Black Lives Matter Toronto for their actions at Pride. We support BLMTO’s demands to Pride which can be read here: http://blacklivesmatter.ca/demands

We want to show BLMTO and Black students love in this time of anti-black racist backlash. We support you. We will continue to support you

 

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