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  • George Floyd died as a result of an arrest after a Minneapolis police officer was seen kneeling on his neck in a now-viral video.
  • Many prominent figures have condemned the excessive use of force seen in the video against a black man.
  • Dozens of LGBTQ+ advocacy groups condemned racial violence in an open letter published on May 29.

Days before the LGBTQ+ community celebrates Pride Month, black Americans took to the streets in protest of the same police brutality that sparked the Stonewall riots. Now, more than 75 LGBTQ+ organizations are adding their voices to the protest. 

In an open letter signed by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), Gay, Lesbian and Straight education network (GLSEN) and dozens of other advocates, members of the community condemned white supremacist violence and systemic racial injustice.  


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“The LGBTQ community knows about the work of resisting police brutality and violence,” says the letter. “We celebrate June as Pride Month, because it commemorates, in part, our resisting police harassment and brutality at Stonewall in New York City, and earlier in California, when such violence was common and expected. We remember it as a breakthrough moment when we refused to accept humiliation and fear as the price of living fully, freely, and authentically.”

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The letter honors George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and Christian Cooper as victims of racism and police-involved violence. It also mentions the killings of at least twelve transgender people in the United States this year, acknowledging that a majority of transgender victims of violence are black women. 


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“All of these incidents are stark reminders of why we must speak out when hate, violence, and systemic racism claim — too often with impunity — Black Lives,” says the letter.

The authors pledge to join the Black Lives Matter movement and actively fight for racial justice, aligning their two causes. 

“We recognize that our organizational purpose cannot be fulfilled without undoing the systemic racism and White supremacist violence targeting black, indigenous, and brown people in our society and our schools,” said GLSEN Executive Director Eliza Byard in a statement.


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Published on May 29, 2020