Statement of Solidarity with Orlando and the LGBTQ Community

The Self-Help Resource Centre is shocked and saddened by the loss of queer and trans lives, and the injury of many more, on Sunday June 12 in Orlando LGBTQ club, Pulse. The impact of the events of that evening has been felt in many communities, but particularly in the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer (LGBTQ) and Latinx communities of whom most of the victims were a part.

We stand in solidarity with the LGBTQ and Latinx communities both in Orlando, Florida, and closer to home in Ontario, Canada. This was an attack on the freedom and human rights of communities that already face the threat of violence, erasure and discrimination on a daily basis.

We stand against any response that further adds to a culture of hate, denigration or violence.

We stand against any response that erases the identities of the lives taken and injured.

We stand against any response that is rooted in homophobia, transphobia, Islamophobia or racism.

We stand against any response that assumes, labels, stigmatizes or others people with mental health challenges.

We encourage a response of compassion, kindness, thoughtfulness, and companionship.

We encourage a response where we reach out and check-in on friends, community members, loved ones to see how we can support each other.

We encourage a response where we listen and support, while being mindful of our own self-care.

We encourage communities to continue to gather in solidarity and support.

We say their names:

Stanley Almodovar III, 23 years old

Amanda Alvear, 25 years old

Oscar A Aracena-Montero, 26 years old

Rodolfo Ayala-Ayala, 33 years old

Antonio Davon Brown, 29 years old

Darryl Roman Burt II, 29 years old

Angel L. Candelario-Padro, 28 years old

Juan Chevez-Martinez, 25 years old

Luis Daniel Conde, 39 years old

Cory James Connell, 21 years old

Tevin Eugene Crosby, 25 years old

Deonka Deidra Drayton, 32 years old

Simon Adrian Carrillo Fernandez, 31 years old

Leroy Valentin Fernandez, 25 years old

Mercedez Marisol Flores, 26 years old

Peter O. Gonzalez-Cruz, 22 years old

Juan Ramon Guerrero, 22 years old

Paul Terrell Henry, 41 years old

Frank Hernandez, 27 years old

Miguel Angel Honorato, 30 years old

Javier Jorge-Reyes, 40 years old

Jason Benjamin Josaphat, 19 years old

Eddie Jamoldroy Justice, 30 years old

Anthony Luis Laureanodisla, 25 years old

Christopher Andrew Leinonen, 32 years old

Alejandro Barrios Martinez, 21 years old

Brenda Lee Marquez McCool, 49 years old

Gilberto Ramon Silva Menendez, 25 years old

Kimberly Morris, 37 years old

Akyra Monet Murray, 18 years old

Luis Omar Ocasio-Capo, 20 years old

Geraldo A. Ortiz-Jimenez, 25 years old

Eric Ivan Ortiz-Rivera, 36 years old

Joel Rayon Paniagua, 32 years old

Jean Carlos Mendez Perez, 35 years old

Enrique L. Rios, Jr., 25 years old

Jean C. Nives Rodriguez, 27 years old

Xavier Emmanuel Serrano Rosado, 35 years old

Christopher Joseph Sanfeliz, 24 years old

Yilmary Rodriguez Solivan, 24 years old

Edward Sotomayor Jr., 34 years old

Shane Evan Tomlinson, 33 years old

Martin Benitez Torres, 33 years old

Jonathan Antonio Camuy Vega, 24 years old

Juan P. Rivera Velazquez, 37 years old

Luis S. Vielma, 22 years old

Franky Jimmy Dejesus Velazquez, 50 years old

Luis Daniel Wilson-Leon, 37 years old

Jerald Arthur Wright, 31 years old

For anyone affected by the tragic events in Orlando, please consider the following supports and resources:

Gerstein Centre Crisis Line & Mobile Team: 416-929-5200 (24/7)
Krasman Centre Warm Line (non-crisis): 1-888-777-0979 (24/7)
Progress Place Warm Line (non-crisis): 416-960-9276 (8pm-12am)
519 Community Centre, 519 Church Street, Toronto: 416-392-6874

A full list of resources can be found here:

You can also search our online database of over 800 peer support groups in the Greater Toronto Area:

Downloadable full statement of solidarity here.

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