In the early hours of June 12 there was a mass shooting at gay nightclub Pulse in Orlando, killing 50 people, and injuring dozens of others. The night of the attack was prioritized for the LatinX community in particular. The executive and staff of the GSA are extremely saddened at the news of this violence.
Our graduate student membership is diverse and may be feeling impacted in different ways as a result of this tragedy. The GSA would like to extend its heartfelt solidarity and condolences to members of the LGBTQ2S+ community, and particularly racialized queer and trans students who were the most impacted by this week’s violence, and who are subject to the most violence in our communities.
We would also likely to extend solidarity to Muslim GSA members, and particularly queer and trans Muslim students who too often have their identities erased or distorted in discussions around homophobia and transphobia. We stand with Muslim students who have and will continue to witness increased Islamophobic backlash resulting from the recent violence in Orlando, despite an overwhelming number of Muslims standing shoulder to shoulder with the LGBTQ community against oppression and violence.
To all GSA members suffering from distress from this violence, we wish to offer strength and solidarity; we hope you find the supports you need over the coming days and weeks. If you are in need of support, please consult the resource list below.
At the GSA, we believe that graduate students are united in our difference. United in affirming that an attack against one is an attack against all. United in the belief that we cannot dismantle homophobia and transphobia without dismantling racism and Islamophobia.
The GSA remembers and honours all those killed in the attack at Pulse in Orlando.
We will be working on our Pride plans over the coming weeks. If you would like to get involved, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. We welcome all LGBTQ2S+ students and allies of all faiths, and would particularly invite and work to centre the voices of racialized and Indigenous queer, trans, and 2-Spirit folks.
AIDS Committee of Ottawa (ACO)
Canadian Centre for Gender + Sexual Diversity
Distress Centre of Ottawa and Region
- City of Ottawa (613-238-3311)
- City of Gatineau (613-238-3311)
- MRC La Vallée-de-la-Gatineau (1-866-676-1080)
- MRC Les Collines-de-l’Outaouais (1-866-676-1080)
- MRC Papineau (1-866-676-1080)
- MRC Pontiac (1-866-676-1080)
222 Somerset Street West, suite 404
Odawa Native Friendship Centre
250 City Centre Avenue, Ottawa, ON
Planned Parenthood Ottawa
222 Somerset Street W., suite 404